(Brighton – Manchester United 4-0) Brighton haven’t won eight home games in the league, but when Manchester United came to visit it ended up being a win – the kind that was huge and well deserved.
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Brighton have scored 12 goals in 17 home games in the league, and stand winless in the last eight attempts in the league at home. The team has a single win in the last 15 home matches in the league.
– They’re playing us. They always have a solution, push us and deserve the result. “They deserved to win, and we deserved to be where we are now,” United star Bruno Fernandes told Sky Sports after the humiliation.
Manchester United won 3-0 against Brentford on Monday, and posed with the same crew tonight. Manager Ralf Rangnick never imagined that his final game at the club would be so terrible.
– That’s a terrible achievement. From the first minute to the last. “We can only apologize for this humiliating achievement and defeat,” Rangnick said after the shock defeat.
– That’s embarrassing to watch. Pretty awful, concludes Solveig Gulbrandsen in studio TV 2 after the game.
Manchester United fans in the stadium singing “you’re not fit to wear the shirt” against their own players.
– This applies to me too. What we did today, and what I did today, was not good enough to wear the Manchester United shirt – I accept it, Fernandes said to himself.
For Brighton’s teammate Graham Potters was chaotic from the start, and took a deserved lead when the quarter played out.
Moisés Caicedo scored from 20 yards and the ball slipped between Victor Lindelöf’s legs and into the far post at David de Gea’s right. No more goals were scored before half-time, but early in the second half, left-back Marc Cucurella’s shot hit the crossbar after preparations by Leandro Trossard.
Brighton continued to run, and Pascal Groß made it 3-0 after a superb strike in which he ended by outwitting Raphaël Varane and beating De Gea.
Trossard clashed 4-0 right after Brighton striker Danny Welbeck nearly lobbed to score against his old club. Scores are checked by hand, but after VAR checks are approved.
In the 60th minute, Cristiano Ronaldo had to leave the field with a knee injury, and here comes Brighton.
Manchester United had some good chances to cut back, but failed to score on a nitrist night. Edson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes tested Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sánchez, but in reality it was the home side who came closest to more goals. Among other things, Welbeck’s aforementioned shot hit the post in stoppage time. The 31-year-old won the league with Manchester United in 2013.
Nine years later, the distance to the summit has never been greater in modern times.
Manchester United have now conceded 34 goals in 18 league games, and have never conceded more goals in a Premier League season. They have 56 setbacks and have one game left.
The club will also stand with the fewest wins in a season since becoming the Premier League in 1992/93. Erik ten Hag had a big job ahead of him when he took over as manager at Old Trafford after this season.
Manchester United are now in sixth place, but can be tackled by West Ham, who are six points behind with two games remaining. Manchester United met Crystal Palace away in the last round of the draw.
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