No disrespect in City film, says Guardiola

Ruben Ruiz
August 20, 2018

Brighton´s failure to defend set-pieces cost them in a 2-0 defeat to Watford last weekend and threatened to undo their good work again when Lukaku was left unmarked just five yards out to nod home Luke Shaw´s deflected cross and give United a lifeline.

"We did not deserve to win", said Pogba, who scored a late penalty in this humbling 3-2 defeat.

United boss Jose Mourinho warned in the summer that his side faced "a hard season" if they did not strengthen before the transfer window closed.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suggested Premier League rival Manchester City was "disrespectful" and lacking "class" in a behind-the-scenes documentary that was released this week.

Accusing City of disrespect, Mourinho took a swipe at the Premier League champions, claiming "you can not buy class", for the way it features him and United in the programme.

Pogba headed well wide from a deep delivery as United sought a way back into things on the south coast, but Brighton were happy to sit deep with their visitors showing little in the way of imagination.

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. Nearly immediately, Brighton scored their second when United failed to clear a corner.

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Although Romelu Lukaku had earlier reduced the deficit with a trademark header, United looked ill-equipped to mount a comeback and was often second best to the ball.

And just two minutes later the Seagulls supporters were on their feet again as Duffy slotted in after United failed to clear their lines. "We can not buy class", Guardiola told reporters.

If they can do that more often than not this season, they should win enough home games to stay in the league for a third successive campaign. Martinez bagged the opening goal in Atlanta United's 3-1 win over Columbus Crew SC to take his 2018 tally to 27 goals (tying Roy Lassiter, Chris Wondolowski and Bradley Wright-Phillips, chronologically).

Mourinho used the interval to remove Juan Mata and Andreas Pereira, with England internationals Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard entering as United sought an injection of pace.

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.

Paul Pogba brought United to within one goal thanks to his injury time penalty.

Mourinho could inspire no comeback from his faltering charges, and the ex-Chelsea boss will now demand an instant reaction when United host Tottenham on Monday, August 27.

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