Despite making a bright start, United fell behind in the 20th minute when Danny Welbeck slotted home against his former club when left unmarked in the penalty area.
United responded well and thought they had levelled just before the break through big-money signing Rasmus Hojlund, on his full debut, but the ball was adjudged to be out of play when Marcus Rashford pulled the ball back to the Dane.
Brighton fully capitalised on that VAR reprieve, however, as fine goals from Pascal Gross early in the second half and a Joao Pedro strike brought groans of dismay all around Old Trafford.
Substitute Hannibal Mejbri did get one back for the hosts with 18 minutes left but Brighton held on with ease to move up to third in the standings on 12 points from five matches. United dropped to 12th on six points.
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Full match report
Manchester United FC 1 - 3 Brighton & Hove Albion FC
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Pressure mounts at Man United as Brighton cruise to victory
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Brilliant Brighton secured a famous 3-1 win at Manchester United as things went from bad to worse for Erik ten Hag’s side after a challenge-filled fortnight.
Jadon Sancho has been banished from the first-team squad and Antony given a leave of absence following assault allegations against him which the player denies since the galling, last-gasp loss at Arsenal.
Brighton heaped further misery on United as attention returned to on-field matters on Saturday afternoon, with Danny Welbeck, Pascal Gross and Joao Pedro scoring before Hannibal Mejbri’s consolation effort.
FT: Man United 1-3 Brighton
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A dismal day for United, who are beaten at home for the first time in 20 games.
Man United vs Brighton: Seagulls taking the sting out
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82 mins: Lots of safe possesion at the moment, looking to avoid a trademark grandstand finish from United at Old Trafford.
Man United vs Brighton: GOAL! Hannibal ‘73
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73 mins: GOAL!
Out of nowhere. Hannibal lashes one past Steele from just outside the box to give United hope!
Man United vs Brighton: GOAL! Joao Pedro ‘71
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71 mins: GOAL!
Substitute Joao Pedro meets Lamptey’s cutback to place a fine finish past Andre Onana.
Man United vs Brighton: Ten Hag booed!
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63 mins: Martial on for Hojlund, a decision Old Trafford wasted little time in booing.
Elsewhere, Ansu Fati is on for the Seagulls.
Man United vs Brighton: GOAL! Pascal Gross ‘52
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52 mins: GOAL!
Brilliant goal from Gross, who surely must be considered one of Brighton’s best ever players?
Patient build-up play sees Gross float one over to Mitoma, who then finds Lamptey inside. His cross is picked up on by the German, who feints away from McTominay before slotting a cool finish past Onana.
Man United vs Brighton: Good work from Hojlund
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50 mins: Nice play from the Dane, who drops deep and turns, finding a pass over to Rashford.
He beats his man on the left but fires into the side netting.
Man United vs Brighton: Back underway!
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Here we go!
What a stat
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He really is ‘Dat Guy’...
Danny Welbeck has scored against Manchester United in the reigns of Erik ten Hag, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal and for them in the reigns of the two previous permanent managers, David Moyes and Sir Alex Ferguson.
— Richard Jolly 🇺🇦 (@RichJolly) September 16, 2023
Man United vs Brighton: Half-time
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45 mins: Man United 0-1 Brighton
Welbeck scores against former club, who made a positive start before conceding. Hojlund denied a home debut strike, while Rashford has twice gone close.
Smattering of boos at the break...
Man United vs Brighton: CHANCE FOR RASHFORD!
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46 mins: A venemous strike from Rashford as he cuts in from the left in the penalty box but it’s fired wide.
Man United vs Brighton: Into added time
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45 mins: Into the closing stages of the first half at Old Trafford.
Man United vs Brighton: GOAL RULED OUT!
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41 mins: VAR rule the goal out after the ball is judged to have gone out of play before Rashford’s cross.
Man United vs Brighton: GOAL! Rasmus Hojlund
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39 mins: GOAL!
Rashford twists and turns to the byline, pulling back for Hojlund for a simple tap in.
Man Utd vs Brighton: CHANCE FOR MAN UNITED!
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33 mins: Rashford with a powerful fun from deep and shoot at goal from the left around 20 yards out. Veltman blocks it, taking it onto the post.
Fernandes fails to beat the first man with the resulting corner.
Man United vs Brighton: CHANCE FOR BRIGHTON!
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32 mins: Welbeck drops his shoulder about 30 yards out and fires at goal, though it fizzes just over.
Why on earth did United let him leave, again?
Man United vs Brighton: CHANCE FOR RASHFORD
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25 mins: Saying that, they do have a lot of quality capable of big moments.
Casemiro floats a ball over to Dalot, who pulls a cross back from the byline after getting past Mitoma but Rashford’s shot is well blocked.
Man United vs Brighton: Hosts’ heads drop
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24 mins: United look deflated at the moment, the wind taken out of their sails.
Man United vs Brighton: GOAL! Man United 0-1 Brighton - Danny Welbeck ‘20
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20 mins: GOAL!
United’s positive start hasn’t got them anywhere.
Brighton outnumber the hosts in midfield, allowing the ball to be played to Adingra on the left. He crosses into the box, Lallana dummies and Welbeck sweeps home the opener with a fine finish.
Man United vs Brighton: Brilliant start for ten Hag’s side
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11 mins: They simply aren’t letting Brighton settle and look very dangerous on the counter.
Man United vs Brighton: CHANCE FOR HOJLUND!
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09 mins: United counter after winning the ball back, Eriksen finding Fernandes who duly frees Rashford out on the left.
He crosses in for Hojlund at the near post but the Dane can’t quite connect.
Man United vs Brighton: CHANCE FOR RASHFORD
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05 mins: Rashford bursts through into the box and the defenders do not wan to touch him but the England forward can’t get enough on his shot from a tight angle.
Man United vs Brighton: Positive start from the home side
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04 mins: United seeing a lot of the ball in the opening stages, albeit they do look open on the counter.
Lamptey in the book for a nasty tackle on Dalot.
Man United vs Brighton: KICK-OFF!
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Away we go!
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United’s defensive frailties in the dying embers of matches cost them last season, and has continued to do so again this year. United have conceded 28% of all goals in the final 15 minutes of matches since the start of last season, having conceded 3 goals in 4 Premier League matches after the 75 minute mark already this season and 11 times last season in the same period. A reminder Brighton have scored more goals (3) than anyone else in the final 15 minutes of games.
Of the 50 goals United have conceded in that time, 58% have come in the second half of matches, and United will be only too aware that 75% of Brighton’s goals this year coming in the second half this year.
Stats provided by AGamble.com
Inside Old Trafford
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— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 16, 2023
Fati on the bench
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Brighton could hand a Premier League debut to Ansu Fati.
Hailed as the potential future of Barcelona before a serious injury, the Spanish international has joined the Seagulls on loan as he bids to work his way back up to full fitness.
Seen by many as a generational talent, Old Trafford is quite the way to enter English football...
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Man United: Evens
Confirmed Brighton lineup
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Steele, Lamptey, van Hecke, Dunk, Veltman, Gross, Dahoud, Adingra, Lallana, Mitoma, Welbeck
Subs: Baleba, Verbruggen, Igor, Webster, Milner, Joao Pedro, Gilmour, Ferguson, Fati
Confirmed Man United lineup
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Onana, Dalot, Lindelof, Martinez, Reguilon, Casemiro, McTominay, Bruno Fernandes, Eriksen, Rashford, Hojlund
Subs: Bayindir, Maguire, Martial, Garnacho, Pellistri, Wan-Bissaka, Evans, Gore, Mejbri
Maguire confident chances will come
13:46 , Matt Verri
Harry Maguire has opened up on his failed summer transfer to West Ham as he expressed confidence over breaking into the Manchester United team.
The oft-maligned England stalwart was widely expected to depart Old Trafford after four years during the summer window, having found regular starts hard to come by last season and been stripped of the captaincy by manager Erik ten Hag, who instead handed the armband to Bruno Fernandes.
West Ham were most keen on a deal for Maguire, seeing both loan and permanent bids rejected by United before finally agreeing a fee worth around £30million. The move was never completed however, with reports that the centre-back could not agree terms with United on a suitable pay-off.
“We just didn’t come to an agreement [to leave the club] and they were happy for me to stay and I was happy to fight for my place,” Maguire said.
The defender also seemed confident that he would now get a sustained run of first-team games at injury-hit United, who have Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup commitments all on the agenda over the coming weeks.
“Listen, at club football, I want to play games, I want to play football,” he said. “The first four weeks were hard because it was one game a week and the manager didn’t select me but we have lots of games coming up now and I am sure I will play lots of games.”
Brighton in the building!
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Good afternoon, Albion! 💙🤍 pic.twitter.com/tVbiXNmkDv
— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) September 16, 2023
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If Brighton’s games are anything to go by so far this season, we’re in for some fun this afternoon!
The Seagulls have two 4-1 wins a 3-1 victory to their name already, while West Ham picked up a 3-1 win themselves over Roberto De Zerbi’s side.
Goals guaranteed? Let’s hope so.
Sancho exiled from first-team squad
13:22 , Matt Verri
Manchester United have exiled Jadon Sancho from first-team training after his public falling out with manager Erik ten Hag.
The winger, 23, was accused of lacking effort in training by Ten Hag after the recent defeat at Arsenal before launching an impromptu rebuttal of the Red Devils boss on social media.
United have confirmed disciplinary action against Sancho, during which time he will work away from the squad.
A statement read: “Jadon Sancho will remain on a personal training programme away from the first-team group, pending resolution of a squad discipline issue.”
Sancho is currently at the club’s training ground watching the U18 side.
— United Zone (@ManUnitedZone_) September 16, 2023
Ten Hag backs Maguire
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Erik ten Hag has insisted that Harry Maguire does not deserve the attacks coming his way, despite dropping the defender and stripping him on the Manchester United captaincy.
The England international was the subject of criticism and more from all corners after his recent appearances for the Three Lions, following a long run out of the United team and a spell of differing form.
However, Ten Hag believes there is still “a lot to come” from Maguire, who he has described as a “great player”.
“I have said many times, it’s disrespectful, he doesn’t deserve it,” the United boss told reporters. “He’s a great player, he gives great performances.
“It is crazy but it’s how it works. Harry has to block this by his performances.”
In the building!
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— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 16, 2023
Standard Sport prediction
12:58 , Matt Verri
Manchester United are in all sorts of trouble both on the pitch and behind the scenes, while Brighton are flying high and scoring goals for fun.
The Seagulls won this exact fixture last season and have triumphed in the last three league meetings with United, scoring six goals in the process. A fourth win seems likely.
Brighton to win, 2-0.
Brighton team news
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Young Brighton star Evan Ferguson is a doubt, with Roberto De Zerbi confirming he only returned to training on Thursday and will be assessed ahead of the match.
Fellow striker Danny Welbeck is set to win his race to be fit to face his former side, while Ansu Fati is set to make his debut after signing from Barcelona.
Man United team news
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Antony has been put on a leave of absence amid allegations of violence from three women, while Jadon Sancho has been told to stay away from the club after publicly denying Erik ten Hag’s claim of poor performances in training.
Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof are both fit to start in defence and there could be a debut for Sofyan Amrabat after he overcame a knock. Rasmus Hojlund could make his first start.
Luke Shaw is out for at least another six weeks and Raphael Varane hopes to be back this month. Mason Mount, Kobbie Mainoo, Tyrell Malacia and Amad Diallo are also unavailable.
Predicted Man Utd XI: Onana; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Martinez, Dalot; Eriksen, Casemiro; Garnacho, Fernandes, Rashford; Hojlund
How to watch Manchester United vs Brighton
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TV channel and live stream: In the UK, the game will not be televised live due to the traditional Saturday 3pm blackout.
Live blog: You can follow all the action right here with us!
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Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Manchester United vs Brighton!
Blockbuster Premier League clash in store this afternoon, as the Seagulls look to make a real impression against a United side that have been a long way from top form so far this campaign.
We’ll have all the latest updates and team news ahead of kick-off, which comes at 3pm BST from Old Trafford.