Manchester United's worst players in 2-1 defeat against Brighton

Erik ten Hag‘s start to life in the Premier League got off to the worst possible start after Brighton & Hove Albion spoiled the Dutchman’s big day.

Graham Potter’s Seagulls made it consecutive wins against the Red Devils and followed up May’s 4-0 win with their first win at Old Trafford thanks to a 2-1 win.

Here were Manchester United’s four worst players against Brighton.

Manchester United’s worst players against Brighton

Scott McTominay

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Unfortunately for Ten Hag, United’s midfield woes reared their ugly head once again and the club’s urgency to negotiate and reach a resolution with Frenkie de Jong will have only intensified after today’s performance.

The Scotland international is an academy graduate but he doesn’t possess the quality in possession to be a automatic starter in United’s team.

United’s number 39 is worthy of his place in the squad and can produce the odd big match performance, but he doesn’t carry the same aura or quality as the likes of De Jong, Declan Rice and Jude Belligham.

Fred

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The other half of the infamous ‘McFred’ partnership, the Brazilian had one of those days where he was a liability in possession and struggled to deal with Brighton’s pressing and energy.

Unfortunately for McTominay and Fred, the pair are always going to be compared to the club’s pool of talented midfielders in years gone by.

United’s former captain Roy Keane slated the pair after today’s disappointing performance and the Irishman doesn’t believe the club can climb to the top of the mountain once again with Ten Hag constantly having to call upon the aforementioned duo.

Maybe it’s time for James Garner to be given the opportunity to show what he can offer at the very top.

Bruno Fernandes

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United’s new number eight blazed a glorious chance over the bar in the opening stages of today’s clash.

Usually so calm and composed in those situations, Fernandes, who didn’t score in pre-season, snatched at the chance and didn’t seem to realise how much time he had.

The former Sporting Lisbon is prone to losing possession such are the risks he takes in order to create chances, but our Portuguese ‘Magnifico’ was wasteful and was often caught dawdling by Potter’s side.

His relationship with Christian Eriksen will only improve but Fernandes did look tired as the game wore on.

Marcus Rashford

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United’s number 10 didn’t score when starting a Premier League game last season and his lack of confidence in front of goal came to the fore once again.

The out of favour England international got on the end of some good crosses but he couldn’t direct them goal bound.

Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s introduction, United’s number seven provided a great chance for Rashford, but his effort was thwarted by Robert Sanchez.

The offside flag was up but the goal could well have stood if it went to VAR. United may be short of options in the forward areas, but Rashford will be keen to get off the mark this season in order to avoid a repeat of last season’s difficult campaign.

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