Erik ten Hag’s reign as Manchester United manager got off to a nightmare start as Brighton registered their first ever victory at Old Trafford with a 2-1 win on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.
Pascal Gross scored twice for the Seagulls in the first half and Graham Potter’s men held out despite Alexis Mac Allister’s own goal 22 minutes from time reducing United’s arrears.
Match report and highlights as Brighton win 2-1 at Man Utd; Pascal Gross scores twice before half-time; Alexis Mac Allister’s own goal gave the hosts hope of a comeback; Erik ten Hag suffers defeat in his first Premier League game in charge of United
Pascal Gross’ first-half double gave Brighton a surprise 2-1 win at Manchester United as Erik ten Hag’s reign got off to the worst possible start.
The unmarked Brighton midfielder found himself in the right place, at the right time, to tap the visitors into a 2-0 lead with two goals in nine minutes in the Old Trafford sunshine, as the hosts – with Cristiano Ronaldo starting on the bench – were booed off at half-time by their own fans.
However, Alexis Mac Allister’s scrappy own goal midway through the second period, awarded after a lengthy Video Assistant Referee [VAR] check for both handball and offside, briefly breathed new life into the hosts and their supporters.
But United were unable to find an equaliser and as a result, Ten Hag suffered defeat in his first Premier League encounter, while Brighton secured a first-ever win at Old Trafford.