Manchester United vs Brighton result: highlights report and analysis

Pascal Gross netted a first-half brace to propel Brighton to a 2-1 win over Manchester United and ruin Erik ten Haag's first Premier League outing.

Ten Haag named Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench at Old Trafford and his players stumbled across Gross's close-range expertise as the German midfielder took his career tally to six against United.

Alexis McAllister's own goal reduced the dues, but even with Ronaldo on the field as a second-half substitute, a late rally as synonymous with United at his home turf never materialised. Didn't come

Keane's sentiment was right. On paper, it is England's 20-time champions who have lost to a team that has traditionally stayed a good distance from the top division. But Brighton is a problem for anyone in their day.

When Pep Guardiola refers to them as "A Graham Potter Team", it speaks volumes of the respect in which the Albion boss is held by his most famous allies.

Brighton took a look at the puzzle they had to solve for the first 10 minutes or so, then proceeded to take United to the cleaners, with each delicate pass, the turn of the game pricking at the wounds. and switches, which have not recovered after United's dire 2021. / 22.

Ronaldo's rise in place of Fred soon after half-time turned up the volume at Old Trafford and the five-time Ballon d'Or winner gave Rashford a stellar opportunity after hours. David Sanchez's defense was brilliant, but the fact that he also had the point of a player whose confidence remains on the floor.

Graham Potter's side then produced a fluid move from their own goalline in the image of their manager, leaving United chasing shadow before a save from David de Gea's soli march. He could only push the wing-back's shot into Gross's way for another easy finish.