His lack of movement and declining fitness will cause a lot of problems
Manchester United coach Eric Ten Hag made a disappointing start to his Premier League career with a 2-1 loss at home to Brighton & Hove Albion last Sunday, after Germany’s Pascal Gross scored twice.
That start dashed United fans’ hopes that the preparation for this season would be a turning point, as the club failed to conclude huge contracts, and the team did not appear as required in the opening round of the season, and the presence of the veteran Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo made it more difficult.
The former Ajax coach continued the performance that was common to follow under former coaches Ralf Rangnick and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season.
Manchester United’s disappointing start spread to the stands (AP)
Ten Hag said he was fully aware of the amount of work ahead of him with United.
He added, “I knew that. The match did not change anything. It is the difficulty of the position. We have to work very hard, analyze what we are doing and move forward.”
“Of course, this is a setback, and this is frustrating,” he said. I knew from the start that it wouldn’t be easy. The opponent gave us two easy chances and that is not good for organisation.”
Before the match even started, there were some familiar angry protests from the fans against the club’s American owners, the Glazers.
And United’s midfield duo, Scott McTominay and Fred, suffered in front of the strength of coach Graham Potter’s team, as happened previously as well.
United looked modest in the 4-0 loss to Brighton last May, and defender Lisandro Martinez and midfielder Christian Eriksen could not change much in their first league appearances after moving to the hosts.
Brighton advanced after half an hour from the start as Leandro Trossard passed the ball to former United striker Danny Welbeck, who sent a cross that Gross converted into a goal.
The “Red Devils” appeared in a frustrating manner in their debut in the English Premier League (AFP)
Nine minutes later, Gross added the second goal to raise his score to six goals against United in the field, as United goalkeeper David de Gea failed to deal with Sully March’s attempt to bounce the ball and the German player successfully followed it with a powerful shot into the goal.
Ten Hag fielded striker Cristiano Ronaldo in the 53rd minute, and United reduced the difference in the 68th minute, as confusion occurred inside the penalty area before Brighton’s Alexis McAllister tried to clear the ball, but he accidentally scored in his own net.
Brighton withstood United’s pressure and won their second successive victory against United, but it was their first ever at Old Trafford.
Brighton coach Potter said: “The players put in a fantastic performance and we deserved to win based on what happened during the match. This is a historic victory for us, so this is something we are very happy about.”
In front of that, it can be said that it would not be entirely true that everything was rosy and perfect in Manchester United a year ago, but the team finished second in the Premier League table the previous season, and signed both Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane. Doubts about the ability of Norwegian coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer meant that it would be difficult for the team to be a strong contender for the title, but no one had ever expected the team to drop to sixth place, with points a full 16 points less than it collected in the previous season.
Manchester United started last season well, crushing Leeds United with five goals to one, and then collecting four points from two games they played away from home against Southampton and Wolverhampton. This seemed to be the familiar pattern, as Manchester United was shining in front of the clubs that played in front of it in an offensive way and left large spaces in its back line in a way that enables Manchester United players to launch very fast and dangerous counter-attacks, but the team was finding great difficulties in penetrating the defenses of the teams that are agglomerating. At the back.