Manchester United did word make the dream begin to the Erik ten Hag period that followers had been hoping for.

Having suffered by means of the messy handover between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign and Ralf Rangnick’s doomed spell as interim supervisor final season, supporters have been determined to make a recent begin for the 2022/23 marketing campaign.

Nevertheless, you could not assist however get a damning sense of deja vu when the Purple Devils produced a dire first-half show in opposition to Brighton & Hove Albion that was taken instantly out of the 2021/22 playbook.

Man Utd’s first half nightmare

Ten Hag went all in along with his midfielders as Scott McTominay, Fred, Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen all featured from the beginning, however it was the United protection that wanted reinforcements as they slumped to a 2-0 deficit.

Pascal Gross continued his ritual torment of the Outdated Trafford membership by firing the Seagulls into the lead after half-hour, arriving on the again publish to get on the tip of Danny Welbeck’s cross and duly faucet into an empty web.

And the Purple Devils had barely recovered from that first sucker punch by the point they have been as soon as once more choosing a Gross strike out from the again of their web.

The Brighton midfielder had the United aim at his mercy for the second time in mere minutes as he wolfed up the rebound of David de Gea’s save from Solly March, discovering the roof of the online and doubling the guests’ lead.

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Roy Keane teases Ronaldo

Such was the dire state of affairs for United that Ten Hag had no selection however to roll the cube early within the second-half, calling upon Cristiano Ronaldo to try to pull off his umpteen-thousandth escapology act for the membership.

However not earlier than one other United legend, Mr. Roy Keane himself, had his comedic say on the mattes because the Sky Sports activities cameras lower to Ronaldo getting ready for his entrance into the sport from the bench.

Making reference to Ronaldo inflicting controversy by leaving United’s pre-season pleasant with Rayo Vallecano early, Keane could not resist beginning his evaluation by quipping: “I am glad he did not depart early.”

By no means change, Roy, by no means change.

Troublesome occasions for Ronaldo

Everybody related to United actually has an advanced relationship with Ronaldo proper now as their unabashed love for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is diluted by his want to depart the membership this summer season.

And sadly for United, even the addition of the Portuguese star did not have the specified impact as they nearly offered Brighton with an excellent alternative to place themselves 3-0 up.

Nevertheless, a lot to the aid of the tens of 1000’s of residence followers packed into the ‘Theatre of Desires’, VAR maybe generously deemed that Lisandro Martinez hadn’t fouled Welbeck.

Man Utd's Ronaldo vs Brighton.
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Man Utd pull one again in useless

Ultimately, United did pull a aim again for themselves, however not within the ‘Ten Hag Ball’ vogue that followers may need envisaged with Robert Sanchez’s failure to cope with a Fernandes nook culminating in an Alexis Mac Allister personal aim.

However attempt because the Purple Devils would possibly to seize an equalizer, by no means thoughts a winner, they have been finally confined to the destiny of getting misplaced their first sport with Ten Hag within the technical space.

A 2-1 defeat to Brighton offered Graham Potter’s males with a primary ever win at Outdated Trafford, whereas leaving United to lick their wounds and abdomen the fact {that a} powerful street to redemption lies forward.

Regardless of the promising indicators proven all through United’s pre-season tour, the crushing actuality is that the Purple Devils nonetheless have an extended, lengthy strategy to go in the event that they need to make the Ten Hag period a profitable one.

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