Last season there was a name I was always looking out for whenever Manchester United lined up for a game apart from the usual suspects like David De Gea, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanji Matic, Eric Bailly and Paul Pogba. It was Jesse Lingard, but this season the moment I got wind of the information Andreas Pereira was not going out on loan this term I was super excited. Playing time with the first team would do the lad a lot of good.
I had seen the Manchester City game against Huddersfield Town earlier and I must say they will blow everyone away in the English Premier League this term and I include Liverpool who brought in decent players during the transfer window. The Pep Guardiola led side did not miss Kevin De Bruyne who is out injured till November one bit.
A game that United was expected dominate did not turn as planned as Brighton did not care who’s ox was gored by going ahead through Glenn Murray in the 25th minute. The Seagulls obviously did not stick to the script by punishing the United defence in the 27th minute by going 2 nil up in what was becoming an embarrassment for the Jose Mourinho led side.
The Red Devils pulled one back through Romelu Lukaku to make scores 2-1. It was looking like the Red Devils would level scores but Brighton was having none of it as Pascal Gross fired home a 3rd goal from the penalty spot after a foul by Eric Bailly in the United box. It was 3-1 in Brighton’s favour at half time.
Pereira didn’t do much and was replaced by Jesse Lingard at the start of the 2nd half. Marcus Rashford also came on for Juan Mata. The substitutions however did not have any immediate impact as scores remained same (3-1). Maroune Fellaini was however brought on in the 60th minute but the only respite the Red Devils had was a penalty in the 5th minute of injury time which Paul Pogba converted to earn United a respectable loss (if there’s any such thing as that).
It was an embarrassing display from the Red Devils and that sort of performance will surely not get us into the top 4 let alone a 2nd place finish. Yes it is still early days but it was this same shambolic performance against the so called small teams (no disrespect) last season that ensured our noisy neighbours (Manchester City) finish top of league by miles.
Novak Djokovic’s win over Roger Federer (though both are my favourite male tennis players) ensured I rested easy on the night. It was the first time in a while my brother and I supported the same person.
Novak Djokovic is now the only tennis player to have won all 9 Masters Titles. #GOATLoading
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