Manchester United faced a disappointing 3-1 defeat at the hands of Brighton, leaving manager Erik ten Hag emphasizing the need for unity among his players after the match. The former United forward, Danny Welbeck, opened the scoring for the visitors, and goals from Pascal Gross and Joao Pedro put the Seagulls 3-0 up at Old Trafford. Hannibal Mejbri managed to grab a consolation goal for the Red Devils, but it was not enough to reverse their fortunes against Brighton.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Ten Hag expressed his disappointment and noted that the result came down to “really small margins.” He pointed out that the first 20 minutes of the match were dominated by United, with several missed opportunities to score. However, Brighton capitalized on their first attack, scoring the opening goal.
The Dutch manager highlighted the difficulties his team faced, especially after a disallowed goal by new signing Rasmus Hojlund in his home debut. Despite the setbacks, Ten Hag remained optimistic, saying, “It has not fallen on our side, but we will fight back, and if we stick together, play as a team, stick to the rules, we will return.”
Ten Hag acknowledged the need for improvements, particularly in organization, but praised his team for showing positive signs. He emphasized the importance of maintaining mental strength during challenging moments.
Regarding Hojlund’s substitution, Ten Hag explained that the player had a minor issue and needed to be cautious. He commended the fans’ reception of Hojlund and expressed regret that the disallowed goal could have made it a great afternoon for the newcomer.
United midfielder Christian Eriksen also shared his perspective on the match, noting that the team had good control during the opening 45 minutes. He mentioned that the team struggled to regain possession due to Brighton’s ball-holding style of play but believed they still had opportunities to get back into the game.
Eriksen highlighted the significance of paying attention to details and having a bit of luck to turn United’s fortunes around. The midfielder expressed the team’s determination to improve and change their current trajectory.
With a challenging Champions League match against Bayern Munich on the horizon, Manchester United faces a crucial period where they aim to reverse their recent string of defeats.
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