Brighton vs Manchester United – Premier League: Live Score, Team News & Updates

Three decades after going to university in these regions, Ralf Rangnick is still searching for answers. Answers to why the melody he orchestrates is so consistently awful and answers to how low Manchester United need to go before they bounce back.

It certainly won’t come on his watch. He’s only got one game left in this dismal gig, and then it’s Erik ten Hag’s problem, so who knows what kind of Rangnick sendoff will be offered by this unscrupulous, shameless and unapologetic group of lucky mind at Crystal Palace in a fortnight?

Which is no excuse for Rangnick before he whistles and flies off to Austria. Not at all. They were doing pretty well under him for a while, but that was a while ago. More recently? That’s five out of 18 wins in all competitions, and that says nothing for the defeats, none of which looked as grim as this one. The 4-1 at Watford in November was bad, but it was worse, a defeat so poor that even their supporters sang at 3-0: “You are not fit to wear the shirt.”

Brighton put Manchester United to the sword at the Amex, hammering Ralf Rangnick’s side 4-0 in front of their fans

Manchester United were in disarray from the start of the game and eventually capitulated to a much more energetic side

Manchester United were in disarray from the start of the game and eventually capitulated to a much more energetic side

Brighton set the tone early and were relentless, securing an early reward with Moises Caicedo's 15-minute strike from 25 yards

Brighton set the tone early and were relentless, securing an early reward with Moises Caicedo’s 15-minute strike from 25 yards

The insult could be interpreted in at least two ways: as a comment on the endless parade of garbage from their once mighty club, which is now officially out of contention for the top four, and also as an observation of elite athletes puffing in vain. , tired pursuits in the first half. Truly, they were as atrocious as Brighton was brilliant.

First for some housekeeping – goals came from Moises Caicedo, who United tried to sign, then via Marc Cucurella, Pascal Gross and Leandro Trossard, the latter three scoring in the first 15 minutes of the second half time. To say United lacked courage would seem a bit basic, let alone a repeat of what has been proven so many times before.

Where it differs is that Brighton, for all their style and quality, are hardly known for dropping free scores. Quite the contrary, and here they could have had six or seven with better rebounds. That they found it so easy was partly due to United’s mind-numbing inability to perform the most basic aspects of defense – see the opening goal – and also their failure to show any pride in their work – see the second and third. In the fourth, even the VAR wanted to laugh at their expense.

It was a dream start for Brighton and was meant to be a wake-up call for United, who hadn't gotten out of first gear when they conceded

It was a dream start for Brighton and was meant to be a wake-up call for United, who hadn’t gotten out of first gear when they conceded

United tried to get the better of the game but Brighton pressed them relentlessly and they found no rhythm in the game.

United tried to get the better of the game but Brighton pressed them relentlessly and they found no rhythm in the game.

But beyond this incompetence and collection figures which are now the worst since 1979, we must turn to Brighton. And to Graham Potter.

He is the favorite to replace Antonio Conte if the Italian leaves Tottenham, and based on that Spurs would be lucky to have him. If only Brighton had a reliable striker they would be in a European spot; it’s a measure of how well they did without one they still could.

They were just huge, a group of players showing what is possible with the right organization and motivation. United’s hierarchy must see them as special organisms from another planet.

To think, Rangnick’s side had arrived here with the winds of a 3-0 win over Brentford in their sails. As such, he made no changes to his side, with Juan Mata getting a second consecutive start behind Cristiano Ronaldo, who was stationed at the tip of the spear in a 4-2-3-1.

Lucky to be trailing just 1-0 at half-time, Brighton were electric in the second half and Marc Cucurella scored after four minutes.

Lucky to be trailing just 1-0 at half-time, Brighton were electric in the second half and Marc Cucurella scored after four minutes.

United were unable to cope with Brighton's intensity and half-time brought them no respite as they again conceded early

United were unable to cope with Brighton’s intensity and half-time brought them no respite as they again conceded early

United tried to get back in the game but just as they did Brighton opened them up again, Leandro Trossard scoring a third

United tried to get back in the game but just as they did Brighton opened them up again, Leandro Trossard scoring a third

Brighton fans and players were delirious as there was perhaps frustration at not scoring more in the first half

Brighton fans and players were delirious as there was perhaps frustration at not scoring more in the first half

The plan, as anyone can tell with United these days, was for Mata to serve as the main supply line with his subtle serve down the middle. The problem is that once again none of this worked. In this case, it was mainly due to the work of Caicedo, who either side of his goal smothered Mata in insignificance. It was similar in design to the choking job Yves Bissouma did on Son Heung-Min in Brighton’s win at Tottenham last month.

The result was nothing of value which was passed on to Ronaldo throughout the first half. When he saw possession he was a shadow of his former self, with a touchdown pass, an offside dribble and a free kick that went 10ft over the bar, all before receiving a yellow card for slipping on Lewis Dunk. . His mood matched the performance.

While his side drama played out, Brighton had fun. The first goal, which came after a quarter of an hour, was rooted in a desperately loose defence. The move started with a forward punt and escalated when Alex Telles botched a punt heading vertically. Pascal Gross then shot the loose ball and a block bounced off Caicedo outside the box. He returned a low shot of limited power that somehow overcame Victor Lindelof’s icy reactions and beat David de Gea.

Cristiano Ronaldo can't believe Manchester United surrender so early in the second half, having been ineffective in attack

Cristiano Ronaldo can’t believe Manchester United surrender so early in the second half, having been ineffective in attack

The worst was yet to come from United as Leandro Trossard was bundled into Brighton's fourth, despite Diogo Dalot's best efforts

The worst was yet to come from United as Leandro Trossard was bundled into Brighton’s fourth, despite Diogo Dalot’s best efforts

At half-time, Rangnick asked Fred and Edinson Cavani for help from the bench, but it was soon a rout.

The second arose with Trossard chasing a cross with more enthusiasm than anyone in red, before pulling away for Marc Cucurella. He crashed into the gap between De Gea and his closest post – no one had followed his course, of course.

A moment later, Trossard joined Gross, who jumped easily by Raphael Varane and rolled over De Gea. Trossard netted a fourth amid a hint of handball and offside, but nothing moved United. They didn’t deserve better.

The game was well and truly over with half an hour to go, time in which Brighton could have added a few more goals

The game was well and truly over with half an hour to go, time in which Brighton could have added a few more goals

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