Brighton score three first-half goals to stun lacklustre Man Utd

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Brighton have now beaten Manchester United in three successive home league games

Brighton stunned a lacklustre Manchester United with three first-half goals to secure a famous victory at the Amex Stadium.

The Seagulls beat United in May to retain their Premier League status, but few expected a repeat on Sunday.

However, Brighton capitalised on a poor start from United to take the lead on 25 minutes, when Glenn Murray flicked home Solly March’s low cross.

And they doubled their lead just two minutes later, Shane Duffy taking advantage of the visitors’ inability to clear by stroking home his first Premier League goal.

Romelu Lukaku halved the deficit 11 minutes before the break, rising unmarked to nod in Luke Shaw’s ball.

But Eric Bailly’s rash challenge on Pascal Gross inside the area presented Brighton with the chance to restore their two-goal advantage, which Gross took.

United improved marginally after the break but never really looked like threatening a fightback, though Paul Pogba netted an injury-time penalty after Duffy brought down Marouane Fellaini.

It was a day to forget for United fans, especially after their neighbours City swept aside Huddersfield 6-1.

Mourinho’s fears come to fruition

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Mourinho had a frustrating summer in the transfer market

United boss Jose Mourinho warned in the summer that his side faced “a difficult season” if they did not strengthen before the transfer window closed.

The Portuguese had highlighted his side’s defence as an area that needed bolstering, but deadline day passed without any new arrivals.

Mourinho’s concerns were laid bare here, with his defence caught out on a number of occasions by Brighton’s quick movement.

Bailly, in particular, struggled. Aside from giving away the penalty he also miscontrolled a pass in the second half that momentarily put March through before the Ivorian was able to recover.

Bailly and centre-back partner Victor Lindelof – both Mourinho signings – have now been a part of a defence that has conceded four goals in the first two games of the season. It took United nine to let in that many last season.

Fortress Amex as intimidating as ever

Brighton’s home form played a huge part in their survival last season, with 29 of their 40 points secured at the Amex Stadium.

Once again, it looks like a trip to south coast will be a difficult one for their Premier League rivals.

United may have been well below par but that should not take away what was a controlled and confident display by the Seagulls against a side that finished second last season.

They took the game to their opponents from the outset, March working the defence with an early cross, and even the loss of influential defender Lewis Dunk did not disrupt them as Anthony Knockaert got in behind before putting his shot just wide.

Brighton did not have a shot after the break, but they did not need to as they changed tack from attack to containment. In the end it was a comfortable afternoon for Chris Hughton’s side.

Martial fails to take his chance

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Martial managed just one shot, which was blocked, and two crosses before he was substituted

Alexis Sanchez was a surprise absentee from United’s starting XI, with Mourinho confirming before kick-off that the forward was injured.

That meant Anthony Martial, who has been linked with a move, was handed the chance to impress.

Mourinho was critical of Martial for his performance here in May, and another ineffective display will surely not have impressed his manager.

Martial lasted until the hour mark before he was substituted with neither he nor Mourinho appearing to acknowledge each other as he went down the tunnel.

Man of the match – Solly March

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Solly March was everywhere for Brighton – particularly in the first half – and provided a brilliant cross for Glenn Murray’s opener

A first for Paul Pogba – the stats

  • Since taking charge of United at the start of the 2016-17 season, the only opponent Mourinho has lost against more often than Brighton (two) is his former club Chelsea (four).
  • Brighton have lost just one of their past eight home games in the Premier League (W5 D2 L1), with the two most recent both being wins against United (1-0 in 2017-18 and 3-1 in 2018-19).
  • United lost their first away game of a Premier League campaign for the first time since 2012-13, when they were beaten 1-0 by Everton.
  • Twenty three of Murray’s 24 goals in the Premier League have been scored from inside the box, including 100% of those scored for Brighton in the competition (13/13).
  • Gross has scored eight goals in the Premier League, with all eight at home. Only two players have netted more goals exclusively at home in the competition’s history – Georginio Wijnaldum (18) and Clive Wilson (nine).
  • In competitive games since the start of the 2018 World Cup, David de Gea has conceded 10 goals from the past 14 shots on target he has faced.
  • Lukaku has scored against 18 of the current 20 Premier League teams, with Cardiff and Wolves the only teams he is yet to find the net against.
  • Pogba ended on the losing side in a Premier League game he scored in for the first time – prior to today, United had won each of the previous 11 games he had netted in, which was a joint-record in the competition (with Ryan Babel for Liverpool).
  • This was only the 10th time in Premier League history that United conceded three first-half goals in a game, and the first time since October 2015 against Arsenal.

What next?

Brighton travel to Liverpool on Saturday, 25 August (17:30 BST) while United host Tottenham on Monday, 27 August (20:00 BST)

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Manchester United 2.

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Manchester United 2.

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Manchester United 2. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Penalty Manchester United. Marouane Fellaini draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jürgen Locadia replaces Glenn Murray.

Fred (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Foul by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).

Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Beram Kayal replaces Pascal Groß.

Ashley Young (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Ashley Young.

Foul by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).

Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Foul by Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).

Martín Montoya (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).

Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).

Davy Pröpper (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Mat Ryan (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

Paul Pogba (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Ashley Young.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Mat Ryan.

Attempt saved. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).

Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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