Published: Mon, August 20, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Brighton punish woeful Manchester United defending

Brighton punish woeful Manchester United defending

Graeme Souness reckons Jose Mourinho is in a precarious situation at Manchester United after his side slipped to an unexpected 3-2 defeat to Brighton. United's manager refused to share any thoughts about his players, claiming he has been criticised by the media for speaking too openly in the past about individuals who have displeased him.

"In the second half, our goal was too late and gave us not even the chance of a next ball", Mourinho told his post-match press conference.

They were looking risky but were nearly caught out in the tenth minute when Lewis Dunk gave the ball away to Lukaku, who passed to Pogba, who in turn played Lukaku in on goal but the striker dragged his shot wide when he should have scored.

"When I can not do that, don't push me to the other side".

Pogba stepped up to take the penalty and slammed the ball home into the top corner of the net with the last kick of the game. I tried to help the team as much as possible.

"I was not expecting big mistakes".

Pogba thumped a speculative effort well over with United struggling to make any headway against the well-organised home side - but after 34 minutes they found a way back, Shaw's bouncing, deflected ball into the area glanced home by Lukaku. Gross got up to beat De Gea from the spot and the Brighton players trooped off at halftime with the fans singing "we want four". Last year, we had nearly the same attitude as today and it's not right.

Aguero, who turned 30 in the close-season, has now scored 14 times in his last eight Premier League games at City's Etihad Stadium.

Guardiola said: "He will never forget the first time his son saw him play football".

Glenn Murray had given the Seagulls the lead on 25, and within another two minutes the hosts had their second through Shane Duffy.

"I am very proud with the performance", Hughton said. But from a mental point of view, the accumulation of the mistakes and the punishment of the mistakes with goals was giving confidence to a good team like Brighton, and took that confidence from us. The tempo was very good. He had little impact on the game and his attempts to galvanise his team-mates during a torrid first half in which they conceded three times appeared half-hearted.

"That is true, you can not buy class", City's manager said. "You can be a rich club and buy all the best players in the world but you cannot buy class".

It's a great thing for me to come in front of the cameras and say players A, B, C put in fantastic performances.

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