This was class. Not from Manchester United but from Brighton who inflicted a deserved defeat on Jose Mourinho’s woeful side.
The United manager had complained about Manchester City’s lack of “class” after he was mocked in the Amazon Prime “All or Nothing” documentary series about the champions but it is his team that is lacking. They are joyless.
Mourinho has also complained about United’s failure to sign a central defender during the summer transfer window but the two he brought in – Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof, at a combined cost of £61million – played and were shocking.
Alexis Sanchez did not travel after suffering a “little problem” in training on Friday, according to Mourinho, but there are big, big problems with United on this showing as they were out-competed, out-fought all over the pitch.
Sanchez’s replacement Anthony Martial – who wants to leave the club – was peripheral as was Juan Mata as Brighton swarmed all over United. They wanted it more; they were better organised and more dynamic.
Glenn Murray opened the scoring for Brighton after sneaking past Victor Lindelof and flicking the finish home