Manchester United, Erik ten Hag lose Premier League opener to Brighton


A lot has modified for Manchester United, together with its supervisor. However Sunday’s loss to visiting Brighton, which had by no means gained at Outdated Trafford, exhibits that final season’s struggles stay.

United fell, 2-1, in Erik ten Hag’s first English Premier League match, with protection nonetheless a difficulty and the offense past the assistance of Cristiano Ronaldo, who entered within the second half.

Ten Hag had chosen to depart Ronaldo, who reportedly is keen to switch to a staff that has certified for the Champions League, out of the beginning lineup after he performed solely 45 minutes throughout preseason matches. Ronaldo had fueled questions on his considering after he and a bunch of gamers left Outdated Trafford with out permission earlier than a pleasant final Sunday in opposition to Spain’s Rayo Vallecano had ended.

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Ten Hag known as that “unacceptable for everyone,” then stated Friday it was unfair to criticize Ronaldo above the others.

“There were many players who left, but the spotlight is on Cristiano and that is not right,” ten Hag stated Friday (by way of the Related Press). “So I think then do your research and make out many players left; that was what was said. … He was part of it. Again, there were a lot of players.”

Ronaldo performed for United from 2003 to 2009 and returned to the staff final yr, however the season was a disappointing one as United completed sixth within the Premier League, 35 factors behind champion Manchester Metropolis.

Throughout Sunday’s opener, Manchester United fought again within the second half after Brighton took a 2-0 lead on first-half objectives by Pascal Gross and the house staff was booed because it left the pitch. United threatened within the second half, reducing the deficit when Alexis Mac Allister scored on an personal objective.

There was unrest even earlier than the match: Supporters protested the Glazer household, which was voted the worst proprietor within the Premier League within the spring. Avram Glazer, the staff’s co-chairman, was current for the opener, and followers sang and chanted for his household to promote the staff.

With the loss, ten Hag grew to become the primary supervisor of the membership to lose his first Premier League sport since Louis van Gaal, who misplaced to Swansea in 2014.

“We went into the game positive, we had a good preseason, and it was the worst possible start to be 2-0 down at halftime at Old Trafford. Not good enough. We got a goal back, but we huffed and puffed a bit, and it’s a bad start for us,” defender Harry Maguire stated (by way of ESPN).

“We started the game pretty well and on the front foot and as a team we had control of the game. Then we conceded the first goal and that knocked us badly. We stopped playing from then. We need to look at not letting that first goal set us back as much as it did. But we have to be better on the ball; we gave them encouragement to come forward and attack us. It was a nightmare start to be 2-0 down at halftime.”

It’s a rocky begin for ten Hag, who gained 158 video games over four-plus seasons with Dutch dynamo Ajax and twice led the staff to the Champions League knockout spherical. Manchester United has not gained the Premier League title since 2013 and hasn’t superior previous the Champions League quarterfinals since a runner-up end in 2011.

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