Brighton & Hove Albion preserved their three-decade long dominance over Manchester United at home as they beat them by a surprise 3-2 scoreline on Sunday. The victory was the Seagulls’ second-straight one against the Red Devils and the result is surely expected to raise question marks regarding the latter’s prospects of challenging for the Premier League crown.
Three things we learned:
Manchester United’s defensive vulnerability: Manchester United may have started the season on a bright note but their defensive display against Brighton was far from their standard. United showed a tendency to struggle with their defensive organisation especially on the road last term and nothing appears to have changed this season, judging by the mistakes committed. Both Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly got their bearings wrong during crunch periods of the game and the latter is sure to expect some criticism after he made a reckless challenge which contributed to Brighton’s third goal via the penalty spot.
Luke Shaw’s change in fortunes: Just a couple of months ago, Shaw was being tipped to make way from Old Trafford after he was publicly criticised by Mourinho for his performance against the very Brighton in the FA Cup quarter-final. However, the Englishman has since gone through an extended training regime to get back into shape and he has certainly started the campaign on a good note with a goal and an assist against Leicester and Brighton respectively. Whether he keeps his position or not remains unclear with Mourinho previously fancying the experience head of Ashley Young at left-back when the entire team is in good health.
Brighton gets their campaign off and running: Brighton managed to stay clear of the relegation zone for 37 of their 38 match days last term and this came from the fact that they managed to chip with valuable points in crunch situations. Moreover, the South Coast outfit also showed their ability to compete against the elite with home wins over United and Arsenal and they have already managed to replicate the result with the former this campaign. Considering the big spending from newcomers Wolves and Fulham, Brighton are likely to be dragged into a relegation fight, though victories over top opposition may end up making the difference.
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