Man Utd player ratings gallery v Brighton as four score 4/10 on disastrous day with only one 'bright spot'
Manchester United’s worrying start to the season continued with a 3-1 defeat against Brighton at Old Trafford.
The game started at a frantic pace with the hosts on the front foot, Marcus Rashford denied inside the opening five minutes after a jinking run into the box before nearly laying on a first United goal for Rasmus Hojlund.
But after settling into the game it was the visitors who went in front through a familiar face. The Seagulls worked the ball down the right and it was all too easy for Danny Welbeck to feed Simon Adingra who crossed for the former United man to slot home with 20 minutes on the watch.
That brought an abrupt end to a promising start but Rashford did see a deflected shot rattle the bar just after the half hour.
United thought their leveller had come five minutes before the interval but what appeared to be Hojlund’s first goal for the club was chalked off with Rashford deemed to have taken the ball out of play in the build-up after a lengthy VAR check.
Ten Hag’s side were flat at the start of the second half and were made to pay eight minutes after the interval. Pascal Gross had the freedom of Old Trafford to saunter into the area and fire low past a helpless Andre Onana.
It went from bad to worse when Tariq Lamptey sauntered down the right and squared for Joao Pedro to make it 3-0.
But United hit back almost instantly with Hannibal scoring his first Premier League goal with a low shot from 20 yards. There was no way back though with loud boos greeting the final whistle.
If nothing else, Sheffield United silenced the London Stadium for all of a soporific second half. Sadly for them, by then West Ham United were already home and hosed. Two goals ahead, the hosts had sashayed into cruise control against toothless, guile-free opponents.
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You have to go as far back as 1989 to find the last time Manchester United lost four of their opening seven league matches and Erik ten Hag, for one, admitted he could not blame the fans for booing off the team after this latest listless display.
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