Score Brighton 3-2 Manchester United in Premier League 2018

Score Brighton 3-2 Manchester United in Premier League 2018

Harry Robinson
BrightonRyan, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk (Balogun 20'), Bong, Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March, Gross (Kayal 89'), Murray.
Man UnitedDe Gea, Young, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw, Fred, Pereira (Lingard 45'), Pogba, Mata (Rashford 45'), Martial, Lukaku.
SCORE1-0, min. 25, Murray. 2-0, min. 27, Duffy. 2-1, min. 34, Lukaku. 3-1, min. 44, Gross (p). 3-2, min. 90+4, Pogba (p).
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Full-time: The second game of the season for these two sides. Brighton were slated heavily for their performance at Watford last weekend. They were poor. Today, it was Man United's turn to be poor, but they took it to another level with a dismal performance that could come to define Jose Mourinho's third season at United.

90+4' Goal: Man United have one back. It'll only matter for goal difference and pride. Pogba puts it past Ryan. Pride, though? Not really. United hardly deserve to trail by only one goal.

90+3' Penalty for United: Duffy takes down Fellaini. Potential consolation goal for United. Wouldn't be surprised if United miss this. Pogba to take.

90+2' Substitution for Brighton:  Glenn Murray replaced by Jurgen Locadia.

90+1' The United away end have been treated to a disastrous performance today. Their team has no identity. Many of them have left.

90' With 4 minutes added on, a United comeback looks even more unlikely. The last 45 minutes has been long ball football, a complete lack of desire, of cohesion, of a style of play, of any signs that training during the week is leading to something on the pitch during the weekend. 

89' Substitution for Brighton: Goalscorer Gross replaced by Beram Kayal.

85' Of all the possible scenarios for this last five minutes, United drawing level to make it 3-3 seems the most unlikely. 4-1 Brighton seems more likely.

84' United now clearly frustrated, giving away stupid fouls, throwing their arms up in the air. They're not rushing to ensure no time is wasted, it's just frustration.  

78' Brighton aren't exactly under the cosh here. United are attacking and have the most of the ball, yes. But Brighton are having their own attacks and are not being penned back in their penalty area. They should be...

76' Brighton win a corner after United's corner is wasted, as is customary these days. This one, too, is wasted.

75' Pogba forces a corner from Matt Ryan with a good shot. Finally something from the Frenchman, who has been playing Hollywood-balls all throughout the second half.

72' United still waiting for chances to present themselves rather than establishing some kind of style of play that draws them out of the game on a regular basis. It's long balls, heavy touches, lost aerial duels, poor passes, a lack of desire. 

67' United still sloppy, still uninventive, and don't look like scoring. They could do so easily, but the shape to their side is hardly evident, and questionable at times. Crosses are poor, passes are a yard or two off their target. It's been shambolic throughout.

63' Another mistake from United. Pogba passes to the right wing, but his intended target had already run away. Every mistake is energising Brighton further.

61' Shaw shoots from the edge of the box, his mishit strikes Lukaku who is offside. United using Fellaini's chest as soon as he's on to start the move.

60' United have still been sloppy in recent minutes, but are starting to get some half-chances in Brighton's half.

59' Substitution for United: Martial replaced by Marouane Fellaini.

52' Pogba held in the box as he tries to head a corner in. Not held obviously, but prevented from jumping to his maximum height and converting the chance. The kind of foul that will be given with the introduction of VAR in a couple of years.

50' Lindelof floats a ball over Brighton's defence to Rashford, but although he reaches it, he can't keep it in play. United will use that tactic a lot in this second half.

47' Another big scare for Bailly there. Pogba plays the ball to him across the pitch and his touch allows Brighton to attack the ball. He just about recovers.

45' Kick-off: Back underway at the Amex and Mourinho has made two changes from the United team that suffered in the first half. Rashford and Lingard on for Mata and Pereira.

Scott says, on Twitter: "Glad Woodward pulled the plug on getting an experienced defender. Knowing we didn’t get ripped off for a 29-year-old is definitely cheering me up right now."

Half-time: Shocking from United, and Brighton have capitalised on their visitors' terrible defensive performance without being stunningly good themselves. Murray has rinsed Bailly and Lindelof. Knockaert has done the same to Shaw and Young.

48' McTominay and Rashford both warming up for United. Mourinho could change to three at the back in the second half, having experimented with that in pre-season. He's already gone into the dressing room.

46' De Gea claims a free-kick. He throws it out to Martial who loses it to Knockaert immediately and fouls him to receive a booking. Not just United's defenders who have been shocking in this first half. Another chance to score gifted to Brighton.

45' Four minutes added on to the first half. United fans won't want any more. Their defenders have been truly terrible. Who can come in? No one better. That's the problem.

44' Goal: Brighton's lead is back to two goals. They were pegged back temporarily, but Gross scores from the spot, his strike hitting off David de Gea and going in. It's a poor penalty, and De Gea gets a leg to it, but can't stop it. A gift of a goal from United and particularly their defence. Mourinho will be fuming.

42' Penalty to Brighton: More shocking defending from United. Lindelof and Bailly are miles apart. The latter then dives in even though Murray is going away from goal. Terrible from United, and the Seagulls can now re-establish their 2-0 lead.

38' Knockaert takes the free-kick but it's wide right and over. De Gea had it covered.

36' United don't look unstoppable now, though. Instead, Brighton are back on top, attacking in United's half. They have a free-kick, after Fred tripped Knockaert.

35' In this game last season, Mourinho slammed the media after they questioned why he started Lukaku so often. United lost, and that was his response. Lukaku's now scored his first goal against Brighton, and it's a very important one.

33' Goal: United haven't been great since the goals, but they have one back. Romelu Lukaku heads in. Lukaku is in the six-yard box and Brighton's defence have left him onside criminally, instead of moving up the pitch after the corner went out to the edge of the box. The ball comes in after Shaw's shot is deflected and Lukaku heads home from close range easily. United back in it.

32' Everything about United remains pretty sloppy. They are not a team who can play with consistent quality in any game. They showed that last season, and it seems to be the same again this year.

31' Gary Neville lambasts United's defensive options. "There are five centre-backs at the club, and you'd have to ask whether there is a pair that you would trust to win the league title?" The answer, of course, is no.

30' Though United fans won't want to hear this right now, a reminder that United's board reportedly deemed all centre-backs as overpriced, other than Raphael Varane, who was an unrealistic target...

28' Those two goals came inside two minutes and 22 seconds. 

27' Goal: Brighton have doubled their lead immediately. United panic after conceding for no reason, and can't get a grip on the game. Carnage in the penalty area and Brighton keep the ball alive after a corner. It finally falls to Shane Duffy, and he finishes well into the left corner. Terrible from United. 

25' Goal: Brighton lead inside the first half hour and just like last season they lead Manchester United at home. Sloppy at United and then poor defending. Murray finishes well from a Solly March left-flank cross. He escapes the attention of Lindelof. Murray's touch is deft, and guides it past De Gea well.

21' Knockeart is offside, but is through on goal and the linesman flag stays down. He can't finish anyway. Shaw is struggling to handle him at the moment.

20' Substitution for Brighton: Dunk replaced by Leon Balogun.

19' Brighton are set to make an early change. Lewis Dunk picked up an early knock in a challenge with Lukaku after Dunk's poor touch allowed the United striker to get at him.

18' Nice play from United. Mata feeds Young despite being surrounded by Brighton players, he gives it Lukaku on the right wing and United have another corner. 

14' Brighton clearly looking to utilise the quick counter-attack today. As soon as they win the ball back from Young on the right wing, it's fired up to Murray, who controls superbly but the move dies down quickly and United recover.

12' "Mourinho's Red Army" and "Jose Mourinho" are being sung by the United away end. Pre-season lack of faith is not on show at all.

10' United should be ahead. Brighton lose the ball through Dunk. It falls to Pogba who plays Lukaku in, and the Belgian snatches at his shot and drags it wide of the right post. He should have had his first of the season.

8' Brighton also looking lively early on. Shaw and Young are struggling on the flanks. De Gea is forced to make a good claim, under pressure, as the ball comes into the box. Grosß has been involved constantly so far.

6' Martial and Pogba linking up well. Pogba receives the ball and immediately turns and passes crisply, with power. Martial takes it on the left flank, takes on his man in the box and earns United a corner.

5' Man United now taking control of possession.

3' Decent start for Brighton, as Pascal Groß is involved early on with a cross in that United clear and play out from the back well.

1' Kick-off: Underway at the Amex Stadium, with Brighton looking to recreate last season's heroics.

15:57 For Man United, some big opportunities for certain players, notably Martial and Victor Lindelof, who's starting for the second consecutive game.

15:55 A few minutes away from kick-off now, with an important game for both sides. Mourinho's United are looking to ensure they're not embarrassed, particularly given City's 6-1 rout of Huddersfield at the Etihad earlier.

15:24 Three changes for United. Lukaku starts up front, while Anthony Martial comes into the side surprisingly. Alexis Sanchez is believed to have picked up an injury in training. Ashley Young, meanwhile, replaces Darmian in the side that beat Leicester. The Italian is not in the squad.

15:20 Man United starting XI vs Brighton: De Gea, Young, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw, Fred, Pereira, Pogba, Mata, Martial, Lukaku.

15:16 Brighton have made two changes to the team that started the season against Watford. New signing from Valencia, full-back Martin Montoya, makes his debut for the Seagulls while Gaetan Bong is back in the side. Bruno (injured) and Bernardo are left out.

15:14 Brighton starting XI vs Man United: Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March, Gross, Murray.

15:10 Team news is out for both teams.

Official team news will be out at 3PM. Stay with us until then for more build-up.

Predicted Brighton XI: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; Jahanbakhsh, Stephens, Bissouma, March; Gross; Murray.

Brighton could see Yves Bissouma and Alireza Jahanbakhsh return to the starting XI after coming off the bench, like Lukaku for United, in the opening game. Right-back Bruno is unavailable, alongside Florin Andone, after being forced off at Vicarage Road last weekend.

Predicted United XI: De Gea; Darmian, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw; Pogba, Pereira, Fred; Sanchez, Lukaku, Mata.

Pogba will captain United again on Sunday, Mourinho confirmed. Romelu Lukaku could start for the first time this season after coming off the bench in the last game, but other than that, no changes are expected for Mourinho’s side. Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic and Antonio Valencia are all back in training but won’t be involved.

After scoring the first goal of the season for United, Pogba has now been involved in 26 league goals (12 goals and 14 assists) under Jose Mourinho, more than any other Man United player in the same time. United fans, then, will be pleased to see Mourinho giving him praise, rather than creating conflict.

Mourinho continued to defend Pogba, saying, “please don't put him in a situation where people can think he's not a polite, educated guy, which he is. The truth is we are together for two years and I've never been so happy with him as I am now."

"I want him to play well, I want him to play for the team, the fans, and that is what it is. He's working extremely well here, but I have to say in his defence that write what you want about him, write what you want about me, please don't say lies,” Mourinho said, criticising the media instead of Pogba now.

Mourinho responded with more reconciliatory comments in his pre-match press conference for this game on Friday. With the transfer window closed, it’s unlikely Mourinho will continue to slate the French midfielder, or any other players, without the possibility of signing a replacement.

The big story of the game was the performance and comments of Paul Pogba, who was handed the captaincy by Jose Mourinho in what seems to be the Portuguese holding out the olive branch in reconciliation. Pogba came out after the game and told reporters in the mixed zone that he would be fined if he said what he thought of the situation.

A Paul Pogba penalty and a Luke Shaw strike on the half-volley gave the Reds a 2-1 win against Leicester City, despite a late scare where Jamie Vardy netted in the 92nd minute to begin squeaky bum time.

Today’s visitors, meanwhile, began with a win after an up-and-down pre-season tour of the USA where a few young players shone out but issues emanated out of the club.

With United up at the Amex Stadium on Sunday before Brighton face Liverpool, Hughton’s side could suffer the same fate as last season in terms of their start to the campaign.

"Sometimes you wonder what happened - pre-season was fine,” Hughton said. “We have some new signings but the team that played today was the same as last season, so no excuses.”

Chris Hughton’s Seagulls began last season without a win in four games. They began this campaign with another loss, beaten by two Roberto Pereyra strikes at Watford. Hughton was surprised and disappointed by a very poor performance.

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