Manchester United Produces A Comedy Of Errors In Shock Defeat To Brighton
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It was just one of those days for Manchester United; one of those days were crosstown rivals Manchester City absolutely decimated an opponent to climb to the top of the table while United reverted to the slapstick pantomime version of the world’s biggest club.
A late Paul Pogba penalty made the scoreline much more respectable, but Brighton fully deserved its 3-2 win over Jose Mourinho’s men at the Amex Stadium.
Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof were horrid in the center of defense. Juan Mata and Andreas Pereira were both hooked at halftime, and Anthony Martial didn’t fair much better in his hour on the park. David de Gea again offered himself to the Meme Lords while failing to record a save from Brighton’s three shots on target.
And some of the highlights will give great credence to the following opinion:
People say United aren’t an entertaining watch under Mourinho, but much of this has been hilarious.— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) August 19, 2018
For a bit of the more humorous side, here’s Pogba passing one straight out of play.
World Class from Paul Pogba. pic.twitter.com/zjSvakaAxL— Pys. (@29Role) August 19, 2018
Here’s Fred with an absolutely heinous kick-out in the general direction of Glenn Murray.
OH NOOOOO pic.twitter.com/xfMbzupLAM— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) August 19, 2018
But for things that’ll actually concern Mourinho, here’s Murray giving Lindelof the runaround in the box for Brighton’s opener.
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) August 19, 2018
Brighton’s second arrived shortly after a corner kick, a set piece that the Seagulls earned after Bailly inexplicably played the ball out for said corner despite being able to do literally anything and everything else.
And then Brighton’s third of the opening half arrived from the spot following this foul by Bailly in the area.
— Nove (@tranthevinh210) August 19, 2018
After opening the season with a colossal performance against Leicester City, the Ivory Coast defender looked like an entirely different player today.
Here’s Mourinho after the match with a pretty hilarious response to an accusation that his players lack chemistry and communication out on the pitch.