MANCHESTER UNITED suffered their THIRD defeat in five Premier League games as they lost 3-1 at home to Brighton.
The Red Devils were looking to bounce back from their 3-1 defeat to Arsenal before the international break.
But Man Utd supporters were in for more misery on Saturday afternoon as goals from former strikers Danny Welbeck, Pascal Gross and Joao Pedro gave the visitors a comfortable win at Old Trafford.
New £72million man Rasmus Hojlund, 20, made his first start for the club and failed to score the equalizer when a VAR review revealed the ball was out of play before Marcus Rashford took it cut back for the Dane.
And Man Utd’s backline was desperately exposed on several occasions by Roberto De Zerbi’s forwards.
Here’s how SunSport’s Martin Blackburn saw the performances of the Red Devils players.
ANDRE ONANA – 5
His passing is one thing, but is he a good goalkeeper? It’s hard to blame him for the first two goals, but he’ll be disappointed with Pedro’s third.
Great late stop from Fati but the damage was already done.
DIOGO DALOT – 5
Due to Wan Bissaka’s illness, he was asked to switch to right-back and found it difficult to face Mitoma.
Too much space on his flank when the second and third goals were scored.
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VICTOR LINDELOF –5
The Seagulls’ opening goal was due to Welbeck being able to score due to a weak attack on Lallana.
At the other end, he missed a good chance when he headed a corner over the goal – that could have made it interesting if the corner had gone in.
LISANDRO MARTINEZ – 5
He fought back from injury and was in the starting line-up when he made a feint from Gross look foolish for Seagull’s second goal.
Part of a dismal defensive performance, but at least set up Hannibal’s goal.
SERGIO REGUILON – 6
Full debut for the on-loan Spurs man and setting Rashford up for an early chance.
The Spaniard looked good with some useful crosses forward, but was defensively suspect when the opening goal came from his cross.
CASEMIRO – 5
Needless to say, Blazed was out of the game just before Brighton’s opener, but United had to chase the shadows.
He was replaced by Hannibal just after the hour mark – and the youngster got United back on track.
SCOTT McTOMINAY – 5
Could have left last month but finally got the chance to bring his Scottish form to the club stage.
He started well but his influence waned as the Seagulls took the lead.
BRUNO FERNANDES – 6
He was asked to fill the void left by Antony and Sancho by moving to the right of a diamond, but the new captain was unable to influence the game as he usually does.
At the end of a mixed performance, he played in defense.
CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN – 5
A nice pirouette from the Dane in the first few minutes, but the question is whether he still has the necessary legs.
There were also a few uncharacteristic bad passes as the Seagulls took control.
MARCUS RASHFORD – 6
Came as close as anyone to scoring for United but should have helped himself to a few goals.
It was unfortunate that a deflected shot hit the corner in the first half, but missed shots cost his team dearly.
RASMUS HOJLUND – 7
He missed a good early chance and was unlucky to have the goal disallowed as the ball went out of bounds late in the first half, but his full debut was encouraging.
The fans showed what they were thinking when he was substituted just after an hour.
HANNIBAL (FOR CASEMIRO, 64 MINUTES) – 7
A brilliant long-range goal gave United a glimmer.
ANTHONY MARTIAL (FOR HOJLUND, 64 MINUTES) – 5
Did nothing to change the minds of fans who didn’t want him there.
ALEJANDRO GARNACHO (FOR REGUILON, 85 MIN.) – 5
United knew the game was over when he came on.
AARON WAN BISSAKA (FOR MARTINEZ, 85 MIN) – 5
Not good enough to start and United suffered for it.
FACUNDO PELLISTRI (FOR McTOMINAY, 85 MIN) – 5
Used too late to have any effect.
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