Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion – Football Match Report – 7th August 2022

Erik ten Hag’s introduction to the Premier League got off to a nightmarish start on Sunday as Manchester United lost 2-1 to Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford.

A first-half Pascal Gross brace gave Brighton a comfortable lead until 68 minutes when Alexis Mac Allister scored an own goal. However, United couldn’t convert any chances, handing Brighton their first ever victory at Old Trafford.

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“We came into the game positively, we had a good pre-season and it was the worst possible start to be down 2-0 at half-time at Old Trafford. Not good enough. We recovered a goal but we huffed and huffed a bit, and it’s a bad start for us,” said Harry Maguire.

“We started the game well and on the front foot and as a team we had control of the game. Then we conceded the first goal and it hit us badly. We stopped playing from that that time.

“We have to be careful not to let that first goal set us back as much as it did. But we have to be better on the ball, we encouraged them to come up and attack us. It was a nightmare start to be 2-0 down at half-time.”

It took Brighton 30 minutes to break United in a spell where they were exerting most of the pressure. Danny Welbeck broke away from Maguire and kicked the ball into the six yard box where Gross tapped it into the net.

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His second came nine minutes later in a well-constructed Brighton team goal. They worked the ball downfield from their corner flag where Solly March collected the ball at the edge of the area.

He fired, which was saved by David de Gea, but only as far as Gross, who rammed the ball into the roof of the net.

The second half saw increased pressure from United. Marcus Rashford, started by Cristiano Ronaldo, who came off the bench, had two good chances to put United ahead but failed to convert.

Instead, it was a poor decision by Robert Sanchez – who had made some fine saves – that saw Mac Allister guide the ball into his own net in a rush for the goal.

The goalkeeper had failed to clear the ball from the corner, and as he rolled towards his net a second time he knocked the ball from Mac Allister and into his net.

VAR checked if there was a handball from Diogo Dalot in the build-up to the goal, but no foul was found and the score was given.

“It was a great performance and a deserved win. A great way to start,” Brighton manager Graham Potter said.

“I thought we had an idea of ​​how to attack and when we could we tried to press and put them under pressure. We were positive, brave and the boys gave their all. Our performance in the first half -time has been really strong.”

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