Man Utd ratings: Fred suffers another nightmare while Cristiano Ronaldo fails to save the day on Erik ten Hag debut

MANCHESTER UNITED’s Premier League season got off to a sour start and included boos from the home crowd.

United lost 2-1 to the Seagulls at Old Trafford after a brace from Pascal Gross in the first half.

Manchester United lost 2-1 to Brighton in their first game in the Premier League

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Manchester United lost 2-1 to Brighton in their first game in the Premier LeaguePhoto credit: Reuters

Erik ten Hag’s debut at the helm came with another disappointing result, although the team improved in the second half and scored thanks to an unusual Alexis Mac Allister own goal.

Ten Hag included summer signings Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen in the starting XI and brought Tyrell Malacia off the bench.

Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the substitutes and came on as a second-half substitute but struggled to impress.

SunSport’s Kostas Lianos brings you the player ratings of all United’s aces after another disappointing performance

David de Gea – 6

Should have held Solly March’s shot ahead of Gross’ second goal.

But David de Gea has otherwise been pretty solid in his reactions throughout.

Diogo Dalot – 5

Already helped score one of the messiest goals of the season as his distraction led to Mac Allister’s own goal.

Didn’t offer anything worth mentioning in defense and was pretty toothless in attack. Struggled to combine with Ronaldo on the right

Harry Maguire – 4

The United captain lost to Danny Welbeck in the lead up to the opening goal.

Maguire also picked up a stupid yellow card when he shoved Gross during a spat.

Lisandro Martinez – 4

A stunning debut from Martinez as he lost Welbeck twice and that led to Brighton’s first.

Didn’t inspire security at the back as hoped after United’s poor campaign last season. But in the second half he improved

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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag's debut was accompanied by a poor result

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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag’s debut was accompanied by a poor resultPhoto credit: Reuters

Luke Shaw-5

Fairly anonymous throughout the game, failed to produce much on the left side.

We can expect he’ll have quite a bit of competition with Malacia, who signed in the summer.

Scott McTominay – 5th

Scott McTominay improved in the second half but couldn’t offer anything significant.

Was far better than his partner Fred in the first half.

However, he was lucky enough to even be on the pitch after a horror lunge when he landed with a booking.

In the second half, superstar Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United came into play

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In the second half, superstar Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United came into playPhoto credit: Reuters

Fred- 3

Very poor performance from Fred, who almost scored early on when he passed the ball to Leandro Trossard in the penalty area.

Contributed the second goal in losing Gross, although he probably didn’t expect De Gea to throw it straight to the Brighton ace.

Didn’t offer much in midfield and was rightly substituted early in the second.

Jadon Sancho – 5

Nothing beats his impressive pre-season performances.

If anything, it reminded us a bit of last season’s performances

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Bruno Fernandes – 5

Not his usual influential self on the pitch as he couldn’t create any danger.

Brighton’s defense did a good job of keeping the playmaker at bay in a lively second half.

Marcus Rashford-5

Marcus Rashford’s poor form continues from last season when he failed to score from close range on two promising opportunities.

United manager Ten Hag has a lot of work ahead of him to get back to form.

Looks good for low confidence.

Manchester United ace Marcus Rashford struggled against Brighton

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Manchester United ace Marcus Rashford struggled against BrightonPhoto credit: Getty

Christian Ericsen – 5th

Started as a false nine, which is quite an unfamiliar position for the attacking midfielder.

Stunning debut as he also missed a shot from a promising position in the first half.

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Cristiano Ronaldo – 5

Ronaldo came off the bench amid the ongoing drama surrounding his future.

But he hasn’t managed to become the difference maker and the question remains where he will stay at the club this season

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire picked up a stupid yellow card

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Manchester United captain Harry Maguire picked up a stupid yellow cardPhoto credit: Reuters

Donny van de Beek-5

Donny van de Beek came on late after 79 minutes and didn’t have time to help United level.

Van de Beek can still hope for a comeback season under his former Ajax boss.

Tyrell Malacia – N/A

Came late in the second half.

Anthony Elanga – N/A

Came late in the second half

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