Jose Mourinho fears Man United’s confidence will be hit by Brighton defeat

Ruben Ruiz
August 20, 2018

Woeful defending led to two Brighton goals in two first-half minutes as 34-year-old Glenn Murray and Shane Duffy outsmarted United's 117-million-pound back four to demonstrate why Mourinho had sought to upgrade it.

On the hour, Rashford's unsafe header across goal was well dealt with by Duffy before Mourinho made his final change, Marouane Fellaini coming on for Martial as United finally began to put some pressure on their hosts.

Manchester United fans were absolutely furious with Eric Bailly's performance vs Brighton following the loss on Sunday evening. "We didn't deserve to win", Pogba said.

Before this game Mourinho accused Manchester City of a lack of class after learning that a documentary about the Premier League champions featured digs at his expense.

United conceded three goals in the first half at the Amex Stadium as crucial ground was already lost in the Premier League title race and several players have come in for criticism.

Two minutes later, Duffy slotted in from close range after United failed to clear a corner. "We were always punished for every mistake we made".

Mourinho then threw on Marouane Fellaini in place of Anthony Martial on the hour, but still United continued in listless fashion.

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And while Pogba scored from the spot for the second successive game, the French midfielder has admitted that United were guilty of going into the game with the wrong attitude.

Mourinho will now demand an instant reaction when United hosts Tottenham in its next game.

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"The poor guy who plays for Manchester United was the one the press chose to destroy, but David is stronger than that". Aguero looks in peak form, fit-again Benjamin Mendy is in rampaging mood down the left, while coach Pep Guardiola had the luxury of starting Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez on the bench against Huddersfield.

Winger Anthony Martial, recently fined after leaving the USA tour for the birth of his second child, was given a rare start.

Manchester City: Nothing to see here, just six goals from arguably the overwhelming favorite to win the league.

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