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Man Utd 1-2 Brighton: Participant scores

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Erik ten Hag’s Premier League debut as Manchester United supervisor resulted in defeat as a primary half double from Pascal Gross fired Brighton to a 2-1 victory at Previous Trafford.

The house facet virtually received off to a nightmare begin when Leandro Trossard robbed Diogo Dalot of possession 20 yards from aim, though the Belgian might solely lash his subsequent end into the facet netting.

United responded with a gilt-edged probability of their very own within the sixth minute. The ball ricocheted throughout the Brighton penalty space after Scott McTominay burst into area, falling invitingly to Bruno Fernandes who ballooned his end over the crossbar.

Christian Eriksen then labored Robert Sanchez within the Seagulls aim after United broke into area following a fast free-kick, but it surely was the guests who broke the impasse simply shy of the half-hour mark.

Trossard fed a scrumptious cross inside Harry Maguire for Danny Welbeck to latch onto, earlier than the previous United striker pulled the ball throughout aim for Pascal Gross to stroke into an empty internet on the far submit.

Graham Potter’s males then shocked Previous Trafford into silence as Gross grabbed his second of the afternoon. A sweeping transfer from the guests fed Solly March on the correct and, when his pushed effort was parried out by David de Gea, Gross reacted first to slam the rebound into the roof of the web.

Welbeck headed agonisingly large from Trossard’s aim to open the second interval because the Seagulls aimed to drive house their benefit.

Marcus Rashford must have halved the deficit for United when he was picked out at point-blank vary from substitute Cristiano Ronaldo, however the England worldwide contrived to fireside straight at Sanchez.

Eriksen labored the Seagulls stopper with a attempt from distance as Joel Veltman reacted first to the rebound, earlier than United grabbed a lifeline within the 67th minute.

Sanchez flapped on the nook, with the ball bouncing off Dalot’s shoulder earlier than trickling in direction of the aim. Alexis Mac Allister regarded to have scrambled the ball away from hazard, however, in aiming to atone for his earlier mistake, the Brighton goalkeeper knocked the ball off his teammate and throughout the road.

Debutant Lisandro Martinez thought he had grabbed the all-important equaliser for United because the ball fell invitingly on the again submit, with solely a heroic sliding intervention from Lewis Dunk defending Brighton’s benefit.

This is how each groups rated.

Harry Maguire

Maguire places his fingers in his head / Michael Regan/GettyImages

GK: David de Gea – 3/10 – Did not cowl himself in glory together with his involvement in each Brighton objectives. Must have reduce out Welbeck’s cross whereas he parried the ball right into a harmful space for Gross to stroke house his second.

RB: Diogo Dalot – 4/10 – Took up positions contained in the pitch extra generally related to Pep Guardiola’s Man Metropolis, however his defensive positioning was wayward.

CB: Harry Maguire – 5/10 –
Allowed Welbeck to run throughout his blindside within the lead as much as Brighton’s opener and regarded hesitant stepping as much as apply strain.

CB: Lisandro Martinez – 4/10 –
Cautioned on the stroke of half-time after being caught on the ball on the midway line, which summed up a barely hesitant efficiency.

LB: Luke Shaw – 5/10 – Caught two-vs-one on the far submit for Brighton’s opener. Not often supplied an attacking risk.

CM: Scott McTominay – 4/10 – Always regarded to interrupt past the area within the Brighton backline. Lucky to remain on the pitch after a wild comply with by way of on Caicedo within the first half.

CM: Fred – 1/10 – A day to overlook for the United midfielder. Caught in possession repeatedly and he was too late to react as Brighton doubled their lead within the first half. Hooked for Ronaldo.

AM: Bruno Fernandes – 6/10 – Delivered some luxurious crosses, however he flitted out and in of the sport too typically.

RW: Jadon Sancho – 4/10 – Harmful when he might break into area, however United struggled to seek out him in promising conditions.

CF: Christian Eriksen – 5/10 – Performed together with his head up, looking for to stretch Brighton’s defence with lengthy passes, however he endured blended success. Appeared extra comfy when returning to midfield.

LW: Marcus Rashford – 3/10 – Struggled to become involved within the first half, though he spurned a few wonderful possibilities after the interval.

SUB: Cristiano Ronaldo (52′ for Fred) – 6/10 – The Portuguese arrived to a mix of cheers and jeers, however he supplied a much-needed risk operating in-behind for United.

SUB: Donny van de Beek (78′ for McTominay) – N/A

SUB: Anthony Elanga (89′ for Sancho) – N/A

SUB: Tyrell Malacia (89′ for Shaw) – N/A

SUB: Alejandro Garnacho (89′ for Fernandes) – N/A

Supervisor: Erik ten Hag – 4/10 – His choice to deploy Eriksen as a false 9 was barely baffling and United improved following the introduction of Ronaldo within the second half. Classes to be realized for the brand new United boss.

Pascal Gross, Adam Webster

Brighton have fun / Michael Regan/GettyImages

GK: Robert Sanchez – 5/10 – Produced a heroic save to disclaim Rashford from point-blank vary, however he was solely chargeable for the concession of United’s aim as he flapped on the nook.

CB: Joel Veltman – 7/10 – Performed beneath ten Hag as soon as upon a time at Ajax and Man Utd might have definitely used his defensive assurance.

CB: Lewis Dunk – 8/10 – Marshalled Brighton’s backline impeccably, dropping off when required to restrict the area in-behind. Made a heroic block from Lisandro Martinez within the dying embers.

CB: Adam Webster – 6/10 – Defended aggressively, stepping as much as stifle United’s inventive threats.

RWB: Solly March – 7/10 – Attacked with excessive aggression on the right-hand facet, taking the preliminary shot wherein Gross added his second from within the first half.

CM: Moises Caicedo – 7/10 – Took a nasty problem from McTominay within the first half, however he shook it off to supply one other spectacular efficiency away to a high six workforce.

CM: Alexis Mac Allister – 6/10 – Operated in a barely extra withdrawn function to ordinary, however he threw himself about with enthusiasm. Unlucky that Sanchez knocked the ball in opposition to him for United’s aim.

LWB: Leandro Trossard – 8/10 – Pressed actually aggressive down the left-hand facet, threading a stunning cross by way of to Welbeck for Brighton’s opener.

AM: Pascal Gross – 8/10 – Arrived unchecked within the penalty space to fit the Seagulls forward, timing his run to perfection on the far submit.

AM: Adam Lallana – 7/10 – Knitted play collectively for Brighton in his attacking midfield place, exhibiting nice possession in possession.

ST: Danny Welbeck – 9/10 – A nuisance to the United defence all afternoon, teeing up Gross for his opener and inflicting issues together with his runs by way of the center of the defence.

SUB: Tariq Lamptey (75′ for Trossard) – N/A

SUB: Enock Mwepu (75′ for Lallana) – N/A

SUB: Levi Colwill (90′ for March) – N/A

SUB: Denis Undav (90′ for Welbeck) – N/A

Supervisor: Graham Potter – 8/10 – Confirmed character in his workforce choice, utilizing Gross in a extra superior function which paid dividends. His transfer to a again 4 within the second half virtually backfired, however he was fast to appropriate his error.

Participant of the Match – Danny Welbeck

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