Erik Ten Hag puts the Brighton defeat down to "a lack of organisation"
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Erik ten Haag, Manager of Manchester United looks on as they walk off at half time during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford on August 07, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Manchester United suffered their first defeat of the Premier League season at Old Trafford losing 2-1 to a well drilled Brighton side under Graham Potter

United started the contest in the worst fashion conceding two early goals to Pascal Gross just after the half an hour mark. Brilliant build up from Albion for the first led to, Joel Veltman putting it on a plate for Gross to tap home from six yards.

The second was courtesy a move that starting at the end of the pitch with a back hell from Leandro Trossard's back heel ending with Gross hammering home his second, to give Brighton a comfortable lead in the end.  

United continued to battle trying to ask the relevant questions both attackingly and defensively but struggled to break down a resilient Brighton side, despite getting one back courtesy Diogo Dalot following a fumble in the box with Brighton failing to clear their lines, Robert Sanchez failing to commit giving United hope of a comeback with 23 minutes to go on the clock. 

Brighton had to weather the storm. Their first substitutions coming via Enock Mwepu and Tariq Tamptey who replaced Leondro Trossard and Adam Lallana, with United bringing Cristiano Ronaldo on for a impact despite being linked for an exit out of Manchester after feeling unsettled amongst the wings. Ronaldo didn't start the game based on his lack of fitness. 

Although United fought as much as they could Brighton took advantage of their early two goal advantage getting a rare win over the Red Devils at Old Trafford. 

  • Ten Hag realises the capacity of the job in front of him

With Ten Hag's first game in charge of Man United he soon realised he still has a big job on his hands to reshuffle United back amongst the big guns.

With last seasons failures still on the mind of certain players all his experience will be needed to turn around fortunes.

After the 2-1 loss, the United boss spoke to the press and was disappointed on his debut game in charge, starting this years Premier League campaign to a defeat.

"Definitely of course a set back, a real disappointment and we have to deal with it. I knew from the start it wont be easy its a process. It takes time but you don't have time you have to win games.” 

“We should have done better. I analysed it we gave two easy goals away, the organisation was a big mistake. We have to analyse and take the lessons from it."

  • “You can’t just force it.”

Cristiano Ronaldo has been surrounded by controversy in the speculation on whether he will remain a United player beyond this transfer window.

With the big name on the mouths of many his future still remains uncertain with his position in the team also in jeopardy knowing Ten Hag's style of football and demands on the field.

On the improvement second half and introducing Cristiano Ronaldo:

"Its clear to see that second half we were better in the midfield with Christian Eriksen down and Cristiano Ronaldo up, then we created, we had some very good chances and its a pity we didnt score in the end to make it 2-2."

"Ronaldo's fitness takes time and you cant just force it. One week in training and a little bit more now and he has to do more to get fit and this game will help him.”

“Now the 35 to 40 minutes he had today he will be better next week. I'm not satisfied because we lost it was not necessary we should have done things better."

The togetherness of Ten Hag’s squad has been questioned numerous times this summer with ins and outs within the club during the summer transfer window. But he admitted it will take time to learn about his squad in general.

Asked on togetherness at the club at this minute:

"I said it after the game in the dressing room, I saw it in the game. The reaction in the second half we were acting as one team. We were battling for a better result I see that clear.”

“It was not about that we didn't battle, not our attitude, we just made mistakes on the ball, passing mistakes and organisation mistakes in defending. We have to take lessons and learn quickly from it."

  • Looking forward

Man United have Brentford up next on Saturday at the Gtech Community Stadium in the Premier League, with Liverpool in the Premier League on August 22nd to come in the league.

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