Man Utd started the new season with fluctuating form. Therefore, coach Erik ten Hag and his team need to defeat Brighton to revive their morale. However, they fell to Brighton at home. Below are 5 notable highlights surrounding the match.
1. VAR nightmare
In the 1-3 loss to Arsenal, Alejandro Garnacho’s goal was not recognized. VAR caused controversy when it determined that this player was offside as soon as he received a pass from Casemiro after a hit with Rasmus Hojlund. In this match, VAR once again intervened and deprived the Red Devils of a goal.
In the 41st minute, from a tricky dribble on the left wing, Marcus Rashford stretched for Hojlund to cushion the ball to equalize. However, VAR stepped in and determined that the ball had crossed the line before Rashford could pass the ball.
Previously, in the 0-2 loss to Tottenham, Garnacho hit the opponent’s defender in the penalty area with a shot but VAR refused to give Man Utd a penalty kick. Clearly VAR is becoming a nightmare for Man Utd.
2. Haunting your ex
Not many former Man United players scored 5 goals against the Red Devils after leaving Old Trafford, but Danny Welbeck did this. The striker, who was sold by coach Louis van Gaal in the summer of 2014, scored a memorable goal on his first return to Old Trafford as an Arsenal player and since then, he has continued to score against Man Utd four more times. .
Welbeck’s latest stab extinguished the fire of Man Utd’s excitement. This 32-year-old player penetrated the penalty area very well to score when no one was marking him. Before Welbeck opened fire, the Red Devils were the better team.
3. Ten Hag was booed
Besides improving results and asserting supremacy over a dressing room considered disastrous, a major positive of Ten Hag’s reign was that he strengthened the relationship between the team and the fans. The Dutch coach was supported by fans in almost every decision, but when he took Hojlund off and replaced him with Anthony Martial, boos appeared throughout Old Trafford.
This was exactly Ten Hag’s mistake. Hojlund played actively and caused many difficulties for Brighton. The Danish striker just lacked a little luck to score. In contrast, Martial has been almost invisible since entering the field.
4. Andre Onana Shock
From the beginning of the season, despite conceding a few goals in previous matches, it was still accepted that Onana was not at fault. However, today the Cameroonian goalkeeper played poorly. Ball distribution, Onana’s strongest point, was ineffective. He also has to take responsibility for the goals lost. Onana’s dives always seem to be a bit slow and make Man Utd pay a heavy price.
5. Man Utd is in danger
Brighton have now won against Man United in their last 4 matches in the Premier League. The Red Devils’ performance is really problematic. They lost 3 matches after only 5 rounds. In the middle of this week, Man United has a trip to meet Bayern Munich in the Champions League. With what is being shown, it is very difficult for the home team at Old Trafford to hope to get points against the Gray Tigers.
Tieu Lam | 23:39 September 16, 2023