A shambolic display in only their second Premier League game of the season, Manchester United had their fans crying at the end of the game conceding two goals in the opening 30 minutes to give Brighton the advantage. But while Romelu Lukaku pulled one back, Pascal Gross’ penalty before the half-time whistle gave the Seagulls a 3-1 lead.
The second half was more or less the same, with Brighton manager Chris Hughton doing his best to contain the likes of Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata. But the wall that consisted of Shane Duffy, Lewis Dunk, Martin Montoya and Gaetan Bong stood still only conceding a penalty with the game already done and dusted.
But while Paul Pogba converted it to make the scoreline look a little more respectable, fans and critics were horrified at the way Mourinho’s back-line fell apart. However, Liverpool legend and Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness hasn’t held back, even going on to say that this isn’t the Manchester United fans love and adore.
“They’ve been weak, United have been weak. Losing individual battles, (Andreas) Pereira and Fred in midfield, what sort of midfield players are they? They’re just happy to keep the ball and go square all the time,” revealed the Scottish international. “Prior to Fergie going to Man United, this is the most average group of players I’ve ever seen at United. Really.
They’ve got absolutely nothing about them. They’ve got no presence, there doesn’t look like there are any leaders out there that are pointing fingers when things aren’t going well. We’ve spoken about United but we’ve also got to give Brighton some credit as well.”
Manchester United did not look like a team challenging for the Premier League title against Brighton and Hove Albion. Jose Mourinho needs to make a few improvements to his tactics and formations, finding the right combination of players before he comments on any other team.