Ireland's Shane Duffy on target as Brighton punish woeful Manchester United defending

Elena Summers
August 19, 2018

Knockaert was brought down 25 yards out, getting up to curl the free kick over the bar, but three minutes from the break Brighton had a penalty when Eric Bailly fouled Gross as he broke through - and the Brighton man blasted the kick in off De Gea.

Souness was talking at half time of Manchester United's Premier League clash with Brighton today.

The fall-out from Manchester City's "All Or Nothing" documentary continues with Graeme Souness sharing his thoughts on Jose Mourinho's comments about the Premier League champions lacking "class".

Goal! Shane Duffy smashes the ball into the bottom corner from close range!

Pogba converted his second penalty in as many games after Duffy upended Fellaini, but it was too little, too late for United.

When Brighton's fans chorused, "Your city is blue" at the death, United and Mourinho's humiliation was complete.

As for Manchester United, they defeated Leicester 2-1 in the opening game of the 2018/2019 season.

That reprieve lasted just 10 minutes, however, before more rash defending by Bailly allowed Brighton to restore their two-goal lead.

But the Spanish giants' acquisition of former Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois effectively rules out any future move for De Gea, something confirmed by manager Jose Mourinho this week.

Mourinho also refused to be drawn on his disappointment with United's summer transfer business, saying: "The window opens on January 1".

Lindelof was at fault for the first, letting Murray steal in to score. Brighton finished 15th previous year after being promoted, but the real test is this season. Just three months down the line, the Seagulls were at it again, with Gross - who hit the victor against United last term - instrumental again.

The Red Devils must get better, though, and quickly, or the title will start to look beyond their reach even before the race has truly begun.

Brighton face another sizeable challenge in the form of Liverpool at Anfield next Saturday, where they lost 4-0 on the final day of last season.

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.

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