Manchester United are now set for their worst ever Premier League season after a comprehensive thrashing at Brighton.
From the first whistle, the Reds resembled an abandoned chip as they were mailed by the seagulls. Failing to string together any meaningful attacking moves United were one-nil down after 15 minutes as former transfer target Moises Caicedo found the back of the net from 20 yards out. United played their best football for 15 minutes after conceding but their opportunities were half chances.
Fresh after the break, Brighton doubled their lead which cues United’s capitulation. 11 minutes separated Brighton’s second and they’re fourth as United crumbled under pressure. While the scoreline will raise many eyebrows, the performance wasn’t a surprise as United look set to end their season on a whimper.
Here’s how each player performed alongside a rating out of 10:
Goalkeeper and defence
David de Gea: 4
Not overtly to blame for any of the goals but when your team concedes four, in the manner they did, that cannot merit any positives.Embed from Getty Images
Diogo Dalot: 4
The Portuguese right-back usually finds making an impact going forward second nature, however, on this occasion, his attacking play was summed up by over hit crosses and poor shooting decisions. Defensively, Dalot was arguably at fault for a number of goals.
Victor Lindelof: 4
The Swede failed to inspire any sense of calmness at the back. Caught out of position at times, and a bystander to oncoming attacks at others. A poor display.
Raphael Varane: 4
The World Cup winner usually gets about his business seemingly without breaking a sweat. On this occasion, he looked nervous and was all over the place. Further blushes were spared due to some poor Brighton finishing.
Alex Telles: 3
Telles failed to impact the game in any regard. Solly March had a field day during his time on the pitch and Telles was at fault for that.
Scott Mctominay: 3
The Scottish international was lucky to remain on the pitch for the length of the game. Not only did he risk a sending off with the number of fouls, but he should also have been replaced after being dominated by Brighton’s midfield.
Nemanja Matic: 5
The speed of Brighton’s play got to him which is probably why he only lasted until the interval.Embed from Getty Images
Juan Mata: 5
Spells of good touches on the ball but just not the impact we saw from the Spaniard on Monday night.
Bruno Fernandes: 4
Nothing we haven’t seen from Fernandes since signing his deal. A shade of the player that we signed two years ago.Embed from Getty Images
Anthony Elanga: 3
Elanga was out of his depth on the right-wing. The flow of Brighton’s onslaught tested the forwards metal and he failed to pass. He was rightfully withdrawn at halftime.
Cristiano Ronaldo: 4
Ronaldo had very little in the way of quality chances or possession. He did try to force the issue by dropping deep but it ultimately wasn’t enough.
Edinson Cavani: 4
Harry Maguire: 5