Manchester United loses at home for the first of ten Hag against Brighton (1-2), Cristiano Ronaldo powerless

New earthquake at Old Trafford. The Red Devils of Erik ten Hag, the new Dutch coach of Manchester United, lost at home against Brighton for their start in the new Premier League season (1-2). Author of a double (29th, 39th), German midfielder Pascal Gross was a crucial architect of the success of Graham Potter’s Seagulls.

Entering at the start of the second period and awaiting departure, Cristiano Ronaldo failed to influence the final result. For the second season in a row, Manchester United begins its championship with a defeat.

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Two shots on target and two goals for Pascal Gross

The first official match of the ten Hag era was strongly, inevitably awaited by Red Devils supporters. This batch of hopes necessarily called for a convincing performance from the Mancunians under the watchful eye of the Glazer family and Sir Alex Ferguson, present in the official gallery. Despite possession of the ball beyond 60% and a first opportunity for Bruno Fernandes, who finished just above (7th), the Brighton Seagulls will make the Theater of Dreams disillusioned from the half-hour mark. On a cross from Danny Welbeck, a child of Manchester United trained with the Red Devils, it was the German midfielder Pascal Gross who opened the scoring from close in front of a dumbfounded David De Gea (0-1, 29th).

Having left for the warm-up at the end of the first act, Cristiano Ronaldo, in open conflict with his leaders and determined to leave the club crowned 20 times champion of England, will be in the front row to witness the battering of Pascal Gross. Again alone at the far post, the player trained in Hoffenheim doubled the bet ten minutes after his first goal (0-2, 39th).

Cristiano Ronaldo’s pout on the Manchester United bench against Brighton

Credit: Imago

There is still work for Erik ten Hag

Despite the Portuguese entry at the start of the second half and 17 shots on goal, the Red Devils only scored once: on an own goal by Alexis Mac Allister while the Seagulls’ Spanish goalkeeper, Robert Sánchez had however intervened well in front of Diogo Dalot (1-2, 68th). The ten Hag method hasn’t caught on yet, to say the least. And time is running out: after a trip to Brentford next Saturday, Manchester United welcomes the Liverpool of Jürgen Klopp and Mohamed Salah in two weeks, at Old Trafford.

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