Manchester United suffered their first Premier League defeat at home in over a year, falling 3-1 to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Roberto De Zerbi believes his team’s ability to keep possession of the ball was crucial in their win over Manchester United.
United started strongly, but fell down after 20 minutes as Danny Welbeck scored from close range. VAR reversed Rasmus Hojlund’s goal five minutes before the break when Marcus Rashford was assessed to have let the ball go out of play.
After the half, the Seagulls capitalized on their good fortune, with Pascal Gross making it 2-0 and Joao Pedro adding a third with 20 minutes remaining. Moments later, Hannibal Mejbri scored his first senior goal for United, but it was unable to save the Reds.
A ecstatic De Zerbi told Sky Sports after the game that his team deserved to win. “We played a fantastic game,” he stated. We deserved to win because we performed well.
After the intermission, Pascal Gross made it 2-0, and Joao Pedro added a third with 20 minutes remaining. Hannibal Mejbri scored his first senior goal for United moments later, but it was insufficient to save the Reds.
A happy De Zerbi told Sky Sports after the game that his team deserved to win. “We played a great, great game,” he stated. We deserved to win since we performed admirably.
“We suffered a lot in the first 15, 20 minutes because Man United played differently than we expected, but after that we played a great game.” When we kept the ball, I believe the game transformed.
“Their pressure was strong at the time, and keeping the ball helped us control the game, and then we have four attackers who are very fast and very good.” We must maintain our style whether we are losing or winning.
“We can’t lose sight of our DNA because the game can change, and it’s bad when the outcome can alter our style.” We are working hard to maintain our uniqueness and quality while scoring more goals. We scored three goals but had numerous opportunities to score more.”