Manchester United welcomed Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. to Old Trafford for the Premier League clash on Saturday.
Manchester United laboured to a 1-0 win over ninth placed Brighton on match-day 13 of the Premier League.
Although Manchester United had the chance to return to winning ways after a disappointing 1-0 loss to FC Basel at St. Jakob Park in the Champions League.
For Brighton, it was another chance to test themselves against the top flight teams in England.
Despite Brighton going into the match as underdogs, they are building a reputation as a tough nut to crack.
United have stretched their unbeaten run to 39 games after two consecutive wins against Newcastle United
and Brighton at home.
A slick of luck from Young’s strike saved United from a humiliating result from the visitors in the 66th minute.
Ashley Young’s shot was heavily deflected off the foot of Lewis Dunk to the back of the net.
The Reds may have taken maximum points from the tie but spirited Brighton put up an inspiring match to the home team.
Here we discuss the three points on which United fans should be furious after Premier League clash with Brighton
1. Manchester United Lacked Tempo In The First Half Against Brighton
Considering the way the Red Devils performed against FC Basel, the fans hoped United would go into the match with more dominance.
However, viewers saw a different performance from the home side, unable to move the ball quickly.
With an apparent hangover for Manchester United after the Champions League, their performance were completely lack-lustre.
United’s midfield trio of Matic, Pogba and Mata were unable to keep and use the ball on the pitch.
Moreover they were actually showed up by the guests not being able to make any positive impact on the game.
Their inability to pass the ball forward was actually utilised by Brighton to create opportunities and put United’s defense more pressure than they should have.
The host team’s first real chance came in the 44th minute which was denied by Mathew Ryan’s double save.
Although United’s performance improved in the second half may be due to the manager’s wrath in the half-time.
2. Lukaku’s Possible Ban For Kicking Brighton Defender Bong
Lukaku was faced with a violent conduct charge and three match-ban decision for an alleged kick on Brighton & Hove Albion’s Gaetan Bong.
Television images showed the Belgian lashed out at Bong prior to United’s goal which consigned the visitors to a 1-0 defeat.
Romelu Lukaku kicked Bong twice with the second one making contact. However, the striker was not penalised as the referee failed to spot the incident.
If the governing body decided to take further action on the Belgian International, Lukaku would have been ruled out of three consecutive Premier League fixtures.
Lukaku would have missed United’s clash with Watford and Arsenal in the coming week as well as Manchester derby next week.
However according to news outlet The Independent
, FA has ruled out any punishment for Romelu Lukaku after failing to reach an unanimous decision.
3. Fantasy Trio Failed To Deliver
Jose Mourinho did what the fans wanted fielding Rashford, Martial and Lukaku together as against Newcastle United.
But Mourinho’s men suffered the same problems as in the 4-1 win over Newcastle who rocked the early stages of the match.
United’s attacking trident struggled for the ball with the midfield failing to serve the ball to the forward line.
Rashford had to take on defensive responsibilities in the early stages while Martial was marginalised on the left wing.
Failing to make any impact on the game, Martial was withdrawn giving way to Mkhitaryan. Soon, Rashford limped off and Fellaini come on.
United’s performance against Brighton was below par and was not expected by the supporters.
Let’s be hopeful the Red Devils plays well against Watford in the next Premier League fixture.
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