Manchester United vs Brighton: Premier League squad news and lineups, including Cristiano Ronaldo’s benching
Manchester United endured a nightmarish setback in Erik ten Hag’s debut Premier League encounter as manager, as Brighton earned a remarkable first-ever win at Old Trafford.
After Bruno Fernandes missed an early chance, Pascal Gross made Ten Hag’s Day by finishing Danny Welbeck’s cross at the back post to give the visitors a merited lead.
And it swiftly turned into a tragedy as Gross increased Brighton’s lead after a great team play, while boos erupted at Old Trafford.
Cristiano Ronaldo brought from the bench after being left out from Manchester United’s starting lineup, and the hosts were not able to pull one back, Brighton enjoyed a memorable triumph which highlighted the magnitude of Ten Hag’s mission.
Martinez fires a shot over the crossbar as Van de Beek, another former Ajax player, replaces McTominay. That leaves Fernandes, Eriksen, and Van de Beek as the midfield trio.
Brighton beat Manchester United 2-1
Manchester United were defeated by Brighton in their inaugural Premier League 2022-23 match at Old Trafford on Sunday. United relived moments from last season, giving new manager Erik ten Hag a reality check.
Pascal Gross scored two goals in the first half to give the Seagulls the lead. After halftime, United put up a fight, but Brighton held on.
Other significant Brighton recordings
Brighton became the first non-‘Big Six’ team to lead 2-0 at Old Trafford in a Premier League game since Newcastle United in October 2018.
Man United struggled in the first half, with only 8 touches in their opponent’s box.
Danny Welbeck of Brighton got seven touches in United’s box.
How did the game turn out?
Bruno Fernandes missed an early chance to put United ahead, blazing his shot over the crossbar.
Brighton improved as the game proceeded, but it was United who failed to capitalise on a quick counter-attack.
Gross scored two goals in a row, and United’s defence and then Fred were both to blame.
After halftime, United showed urgency and scored one goal, but it wasn’t enough.
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