The Manchester team start the Premier League with a surprising defeat (1-2) against Brighton
Two Pascal Gross goals gave away victory at Old Trafford
Cristiano Ronaldo The duel against Brighton began on the bench, matching Manchester United’s debut in the Premier League. The Portuguese footballer who had just been asked about his attitude in recent games saw how his teammates were doing a poor first half against Brighton which ended 0-2. The Portuguese’s second-half start encouraged the team as well as the Old Trafford crowd, although it didn’t give Ten Haag’s side enough to add the three points on their Premier League debut .
De Gea, Dalot, Maguire, Lisando, Luke Shaw (Malaysia 90′), Fred (Cristiano 53′), Bruno Fernandes (Gernacho 90′), MacTominay (Van de Beek 78′), Sancho (Elanga 90′), Rashford and ericsen
Robert Sánchez, Webster, Dunk, Veltman, Leandro Trossard (Lamptey 75′), Moises Caicedo, Mac Allister, Pascal Grob, Lallana (Mwepu 76′), March and Welbeck (Undav 95′)
0-1 M. 30 Pascal Grob. 0-2 M. 39 Pascal Grob. 1-2 M.68 MacAllister (pp).
Paul Tierney. TA: Shaw, Smoothing, MacGuire, MacTominayDalot/Trossard.
The first forty-five minutes were atypical for the Red Devils. Listless and rhythmless, the United players watched Brighton play virtually at will. Thus came the first goal for Graham Potter’s team, after a fine run from Welbeck which ended in a cross from the right, and to the delight of Pascal Gross on the half-hour mark. Before the break, the visitors widened the gap on the scoreboard. United’s apathy was not just in attack but also in defense as that second goal showed, again from Pascal Gross who netted his peculiar brace, finishing off another accurate cross from inside the box.
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At the eighth minute of the second half, Ten Haag ordered the change of Cristiano by Fred, after verifying that the rest time had not solved the problems of the United States. The Portuguese’s entry commanded respect in Brighton and emboldened Old Trafford fans and teammates. Without much clarity but more regularly, the red devils began to arrive on the goal of the Spaniard Robert Sánchez, who was to become the protagonist of the afternoon. Manchester’s insistence was rewarded with a corner that resulted in a Mac Allister goal into his own goal, which was hotly contested by the Brighton players, who called for a foul from Robert Sánchez and returned the same action.
After being reviewed in VAR, the match referee awarded the goal to United who came within a goal of being able to get a point. But at that time, the strength of the Manchester team failed, and the changes made by the visiting team took effect. It was even Brighton who finished the game better and had a chance to condemn. Ronaldo’s entry has improved his squad but there is concern at Old Trafford after seeing how Manchester United got to this Premier League start.