United drop points against Brighton


Erik ten Hag was left frustrated by Manchester United’s poor finishing and their lack of focus when they succumbed to a stoppage-time defeat.

United dropped points against a resilient Brighton side, suffering a setback in their quest for Champions League spot after a 1-0 defeat at the Amex stadium.

“In the first minute we create a great chance but we do not score so we have to be more clinical with the chances that we create in the first half,” Ten Hag said.

“We had the chances, clear. Antony, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Casemiro. One has to go in. But if you cannot win it because you do not take your chances, do not lose it. We gave away a goal, maybe we lose a little bit of focus. That cannot happen.

“Also, we were a little unlucky because it was never a free-kick that the corner was coming from. There were so many bad tackles tonight where there was no whistle and this was nothing, a fair block, and there is a whistle.’’

“We cannot bounce back [on the night] but that is what we have to do on Sunday.”

Argentine midfielder Alexis Mac Allistar was on target after converting a late penalty, helping Brighton move up sixth in the League a European spot they have never attained.

Brighton head coach De Zerbi was delighted with the win, given that they lost the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United on penalties last month.

“I am really happy, really delighted for the performance, for the result,” Roberto De Zerbi said.

“I think there is a god of football because we deserved to win in the semi-final and we lost on penalties, here we won with a penalty for us. Both games I think we played better than United and the last result was unfair.

“We played a fantastic game, we dominated the game against one incredible team, one great team. But I think my players deserved to win.”

Brighton who are four points behind Liverpool but have played two games fewer, take on struggling Everton on Monday.


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