Brighton’s performance was so good against Manchester United, that if a spectator who knows nothing about Football, it’s reputation and it’s past would believe that Brighton was the bigger team. What makes the loss even more worrisome is the fact that Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho is oozing Negativity and if the Red Devils want to turn their Season around, substantial changes need to be made at Old Trafford. Not to take any credit away from Chris Hughton’s Brighton who were excellent in the 3-2 win.
— Premier League (@premierleague) August 19, 2018
Brighton’s Home Record against United
The Seagulls earned promotion to the Premier League last Season and we’d have to go back to 1982 to see their last appearance in the English top flight. Manchester United suffered a 1-0 loss against Brighton in May towards the end of Last Season, Pascall Gross scored the solitary goal in that game and sealed Brighton’s safety in the Premier League. In 1982 when United visited the Seagulls they suffered another 1-0 loss.
Brighton's last three home games in the league vs. Manchester United:
Seagulls' formidable home run against United continues. 👀 pic.twitter.com/da7PbpcBIr
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 19, 2018
Brighton played some attractive football, especially in the first half. Glenn Murray opened the scoring for Brighton in the 25th Minute with a cheeky flick past David De Gea off of a very good Solly March cross. Two minutes later Shane Duffy doubled Brighton’s lead from close range. United did pull things back when Romelu Lukaku headed the Red Devils back into the game and cut the deficit in half. Pascal Gross made it 3-1 from the penalty spot and Paul Pogba scored a late consolation penalty goal deep into stoppage time in the second half to round off a 3-2 loss.
Mourinho switches on self-destruction mode
Jose Mourinho has done everything a Manager has on the “not-to-do list’, he’s criticised his players publicly in the media, Criticised his Board and relentlessly complained about referee decisions. It seems evident that the players don’t trust Jose anymore and Manchester United will need to analyze this situation carefully.
Brighton: 25 Aug v Liverpool (Away)
Man Utd: 27 Aug v Tottenham Hotspurs (Home)