Manchester United’s four worst players against Brighton

Brighton have beaten Manchester United 4-0. It has been another humbling day and here is a look at Manchester United’s four worst players against Brighton this evening although all 11 players really could have made this list…

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Scott McTominay

Former United target Moises Caicedo opened the scoring for Brighton and his performance in midfield did not reflect favourably on Scott McTominay.

McTominay is an academy graduate and you would think that offers a minimum level of fight and quality but that was not on show here.

It was almost a surprise that the Scotland international lasted the 90 minutes and it will be interesting to see how Erik ten Hag assesses the performances of his new players.

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Anthony Elanga

Elanga was hooked at half-time, having had just 17 touches in 45 minutes of football and did not even offer much protection to Diogo Dalot down that right hand side.

Elanga has arguably been overplayed in his breakthrough season and it remains to be seen what impact that has on his overall development.

He has to show his character next season to recover from a season of real ups and downs, where at times he has shown how much he still has to learn.

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Bruno Fernandes

Fernandes got back on the scoresheet on Monday night but failed to build any late-season momentum or confidence here.

When the team struggles, he tends to be wasteful on the ball and petulant and he was unable to influence this game in any meaningful way.

Bruno does always give his all, but sometimes he presses on his own or does things to the detriment of the shape of the team and this was not one of his best games.

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Raphael Varane

It is not often Varane finds himself on these lists but it was all the more jarring to see him so off the pace today because of the high standards he has set.

He got away with one in the first half when a poor mistake allowed Danny Welbeck through on goal only for the former United man to miss the chance.

Varane was off the pace all afternoon and he failed to organise the backline in any kind of way to tighten up and stop Brighton ripping through at will.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.