Janusz Michallik feels Manchester United have lost their fear factor after they slumped to a 2-1 home defeat to Brighton. (0:53)
Up to Alexis Mac Allister ‘s own goal on the 68th minute, Brighton had a comfortable lead thanks to a brace from Pascal Gross in the first half. But United failed to take advantage of any opportunities, allowing Brighton to win at Old Trafford for the first time ever.
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We had a strong preseason and a solid start to the game, but being down 2-0 at halftime at Old Trafford was the worst possible start. Not sufficient. We scored a goal after some huffing and puffing, but it was a poor start for us, according to Harry Maguire .
We had control of the game as a team and got off to a good start in the match. Then we gave up the first goal, which severely hurt us. After that, we stopped having fun.
We must consider how to avoid suffering the same setbacks that the first aim did. However, we need to be more alert because we encouraged them to approach and assault us. Being 2-0 behind at the break was a dreadful start.
In a period where Brighton was applying the most of the pressure, it took them 30 minutes to break United. Manchester United 0 evaded Maguire and sent the ball into the six-yard box, where Gross finished it off and put the ball in the goal.
Nine minutes later, Brighton scored a solid team goal for his second goal. From their corner flag, where Manchester United 1 took up the ball on the perimeter of the area, they worked the ball down the field.
He fired a shot that Manchester United 2 palmed away, but it only reached Gross, who put the ball in the net’s roof.
Instead, it was Manchester United 5’s poor choice — who had already made some excellent saves — that allowed Mac Allister to accidentally put the ball into his own net during a scrum in the goalmouth.
The goalkeeper mishandled the corner kick, allowing the ball to bounce twice toward his goal before being struck off Mac Allister and into the net.
The goal was scored after VAR looked to see if Manchester United 6 had committed a handball in the buildup, but there was no infraction.
“The win was well-deserved and it was a wonderful performance. Graham Potter, the coach of Brighton, called it “a terrific way to start.”
“We tried to push and put them under pressure wherever we could, and I thought we had a plan on how to attack. We were upbeat, courageous, and the boys gave it their all. The first half of our performance was excellent.