By Victor Kanayo
Manchester United have now lost three matches from five since the start of the current Premier League campaign.
This is after they bowed to Brighton 1-3 on Saturday in one of the actions this weekend.
For the first time in 33 years, Man Utd have lost three of their first five league games of a season, with the Old Trafford defeat ending a run of 20 games unbeaten at home in the Premier League.
Former United striker Danny Welbeck was left unmarked as he swept home the 20th-minute opener.
After the break, neither Lisandro Martinez nor Victor Lindelof reacted quickly enough to intercept Tariq Lamptey’s passive pass, allowing Pascal Gross to double the visitors’ lead in the 53rd minute.
In a similar fashion, Joao Pedro was allowed plenty of space at the top of the area to curl home a delightful third in the 71st minute, although Hannibal Mejbri immediately replied two minutes later for the hosts. However, it did not spark the comeback Old Trafford craved.
Only against fierce rivals Manchester City and Liverpool have Man Utd lost four successive Premier League games, with Brighton quickly becoming their bogey team.
The result sees Erik ten Hag’s side drop into 12th place with six points, while Brighton jump into third after a fourth win in their opening five league games this season, boosting them further ahead of their first Europa League game on Thursday.
City And Other Outcomes
On the same day, Manchester City came from behind to humble West Ham 3-1.
Also, Liverpool survived what appeared like a scare to beat Wolves 3-1.
The action between Aston Villa and Crystal Palace also ended 3-1 in favour of the former.
Later on, Newcastle squeezed out a narrow 1-0 against Brentford in the last game of the day.