Brighton and Hove Albion 3-2 Manchester United: Player ratings

by Leo Nieboer

David de Gea 5 – The Spaniard’s poor record from penalties continued for Brighton and Hove Albion’s third goal, and he hardly dealt with the chaos which underpinned their second.

Ashley Young 5 – Looked decidedly rusty having had no pre-season and found himself exposed down that side on several occasions, with Juan Mata‘s lack of cover on the right hardly helping his cause.

Eric Bailly 3 – His worst performance in a Manchester United shirt: positioning terrible for the first Brighton goal, gave away a needless corner for the second, and gave away an even more needless penalty. This was nothing short of brainless.

Victor Lindelof 4 – Found himself on the wrong side of Glenn Murray for Brighton’s opener and was clearly absorbed by the unhinged madness which surrounded him during a pitiful defensive display.

Luke Shaw 5 – The least awful of all the defenders, displaying plenty of heart and determination to get forward. Ultimately lacked execution and didn’t link up with Martial enough.

Andreas Pereira 6 – Essentially did his job at defensive midfield, shifting the ball around tidily, but his deep-lying role invited pressure from the hosts. Subbed at half time.

Fred 5 – Begun the game reasonably well, showing a competent passing range, but eventually saw the occasion pass him by.

Paul Pogba 6 – Had a chaotic first half, often losing the ball in key areas, but at the very least showed some fight in the second, driving play forward in any way he could and forcing Matt Ryan into a good save.

Juan Mata 4 – The Spaniard’s lack of physicality and speed across the surface was made glaringly obvious against an energetic home side. Had no impact whatsoever.

Anthony Martial 5 – Begun brightly with a few decent touches but, with no movement between United’s attacking players, had very little influence out wide.

Romelu Lukaku 5 – Missed a huge chance with the scoreline at 0-0 and, although he did get a goal back for the visitors, commanded hardly any presence in the box whatsoever.


Marcus Rashford 5 – Put in plenty of effort and looked to drive play forward but when Mourinho’s team lacks the slightest morsel of attacking sophistication and chemistry, what can you do?

Jesse Lingard 5 – See above.

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