Pascal Gross’ brace ensured Manchester United suffered a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford against Brighton in their Premier League opener on Sunday.

Brighton hit the ground running in the 30th minute with a goal from Pascal Gross, the attacker was laid an assist from former Manchester United ace Danny Welbeck.

With just nine minutes after the first goal, David de Gea was forced into another save but the Spanish goalkeeper was unlucky with a rebound from Pascal who was at the right place to get the rebound inside the net to make it 2-0.

Manchester United outplayed Brighton in the first half with 62% ball possession to Brighton’s 38% but the visitors had the most goal attempts with 12 goal attempts to Manchester united with 5 goal attempts.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag made the first substitute of the match, Cristiano Ronaldo was given the nod to come with Fred withdrawn in the 53rd minute of the match.

Manchester United dominated the ball possession but Brighton remained dangerous whenever they have the ball in their possession.

Brighton midfielder scored an own goal in the 68th minute to give Manchester United a lifeline to get into the game.

Brighton tried to shake things up with Tariq Lamptey thrown in to replace Leandro Trossard with 15 minutes left to play. Graham Potter made his second change with Adam Lallana replaced by Enock Mwepu.

Manchester United also made their second change with Scott McTominay replaced by Donny van de Beek in the 78th minute.

The game ended 1-2 in favour of Brighton, Manchester United will take a trip to Gtech Stadium to face Brentford while Brighton will welcome Newcastle United in their respective Premier League fixtures.


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