Man United suffered their first home Premier League loss in more than a year after a discouraging 3-1 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion.
Manager Roberto De Zerbi of Brighton & Hove Albion believes that his team’s ability to control the ball was crucial to their victory over Manchester United.
After a strong opening, United went down after 20 minutes as Danny Welbeck scored from close range. Five minutes before halftime, VAR disallowed a goal by Rasmus Hojlund because it was determined that Marcus Rashford had allowed the ball to go out of play.
After the break, Pascal Gross made it 2-0, and Joao Pedro added a third goal for the Seagulls with 20 minutes left to play. Moments later, Hannibal Mejbri scored his first goal as a senior for United, but it wasn’t enough to save the Reds.
At the end of the game, an ecstatic De Zerbi told Sky Sports that his team deserved to win. We played a fantastic, fantastic game, he added. We played well, therefore we deserved to win.
“Man United played differently than we had anticipated in the first 15, 20 minutes, but after that, we played a great game,” said one of our players. I believe that by keeping the ball, the game was altered.
The fact that we managed to preserve the ball and withstand their intense pressure helped us maintain control of the situation. We also have four excellent and quick strikers. When we win and when we lose, we must maintain our style.
It’s horrible when the outcome changes our style, so we can’t forget our genetic makeup. We strive to maintain our uniqueness and excellence while also scoring more goals. We had three goals but several opportunities to score more.