Brighton 4 – 0 Manchester United

Brighton beat Manchester United 4-0 at the Amex Stadium to ensure the visitors finish the season with their worst points tally in the Premier League era.

The humiliating loss on the south coast means Ralf Rangnick’s side can no longer match the 64 points they secured in the 2013/14 campaign as the German’s fate in caretaker charge before handing over the reins to Erik ten Hag reached a new low.

A strike from Moises Caicedo early in the first half (15) was completed after the break by goals from Marc Cucurella (49), Pascal Gross (57) and Leandro Trossard (60) as Brighton, who had no most won at home since Boxing Day. , remain on track for their best top-flight result.

Player ratings

Brighton: Sanchez (7), Veltman (7), Dunk (7), Cucurella (8), March (7), Bissouma (7), Caicedo (8), Trossard (8), Gross (8), Mac Allister (7) , Welbeck (7).

Subtitles: Webster (6), Lamptey (6), Maupay (6).

Man Utd: De Gea (5), Dalot (5), Lindelof (5), Varane (5), Telles (5), McTominay (5), Matic (4), Fernandes (5), Mata (4), Elanga (5) , Ronaldo (4).

Subtitles: Cavani (5), Fred (5), Maguire (5) .

Man of the match: Moises Caicedo.

After defeats at Manchester City, Everton, Liverpool and Arsenal before that, United have now lost five consecutive away games in the Premier League. It is their longest run since a series of six between December 1980 and March 1981.

When asked if the performance in his penultimate game was the worst of his tenure, Rangnick said sky sports: “Yes it was, from the first to the last minute.

“Not enough in all important areas. We were second. We can only apologize to the fans. It was a terrible performance and a humiliating loss.”

How Brighton embarrassed Man Utd

Brighton took control of the game from the first whistle and deservedly took the lead in the 15th minute through Caicedo. The 20-year-old, who had been linked with a move to United before signing for Brighton at the start of 2021, took advantage of the ball ricocheting off Alex Telles to tuck in a low drive inside the post from the edge of the area. It was the Ecuadorian international’s first goal for the club and the start of a memorable afternoon.

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Moises Caicedo gives Brighton the lead against Manchester United

Team News

Manchester United caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick has named an unchanged squad after Monday night’s 3-0 win over Brentford at Old Trafford.

Captain Harry Maguire returned to the team after recovering from a knee injury. Aaron Wan-Bissaka was also among the substitutes.

Brighton head coach Graham Potter has made a change to his squad following last weekend’s 3-0 win over Wolves.

Enock Mwepu has been replaced in the starting XI by Pascal Gross.

Former United striker Danny Welbeck had a chance to make it 2-0 just before the break but his sweeping effort on David de Gea failed after poor contact from Raphael Varane had too much power and cleared the bar transverse.

When Cristiano Ronaldo, two goals from 700 in his club career, fired a free kick from distance into the stands during a half which saw United fail to register a shot on target, a carnival atmosphere for home supporters at the Amex had really started well.

United boss Rangnick responded by bringing in Edinson Cavani and Fred in place of Nemanja Matic and Anthony Elanga for the second half, but Brighton’s dominance continued.

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Marc Cucurella shoots in for Brighton’s second goal

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Pascal Gross adds third after excellent move to Brighton

It took less than four minutes for the hosts to double their lead when Cucurella scored his first Brighton goal by firing into the roof of the net from close range after a reduction from Leandro Trossard. Pascal Gross then came on eight minutes later when a smooth move completed in the German direction a pinpoint shot past De Gea into the far corner inside the box.

With an hour on the clock, Trossard completed the rout when Diogo Dalot’s clearance off the line bounced off his chest and into the United net – the goal awarded after a VAR check for handball.

Brighton continued to punch holes in the United defence, going close when Dalot deflected a ball past Alexis Mac Allister at the post before Welbeck closed again late with a 25-yard strike.

United tried to fight back but a solid goalkeeping performance from Robert Sanchez kept them out, including a clever save to deny Bruno Fernandes.

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Leandro Trossard scores fourth for Brighton

The visitors managed to put the ball in the back of the net but Edinson Cavani, who is set to leave the club on a free transfer, was clearly offside when he pushed home after Harry Maguire sent on a ball in the goal mouth.

United have now conceded 56 Premier League goals this season, their worst defensive record in a single campaign in the competition.

The result means it is now mathematically impossible for sixth-placed United to qualify for the Champions League, as they are five points behind fourth-placed Arsenal with one game to play.

Brighton are ninth, five points from a place in the Europa Conference League with two games to play.

Rangnick: We couldn’t stop Brighton

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Ralf Rangnick described Manchester United’s 4-0 defeat at Brighton as a terrible performance and a humiliating result

After apologizing to Manchester United supporters for the loss, Ralf Rannick admitted his decision to switch to a 4-4-2 formation in the second half was “too risky”.

“We gave them too much time, too much space,” he said. sky sports. “We couldn’t put ourselves in a position to stop them playing through our lines. The game plan was completely different. We told the players to be as compact as possible and then take the pressure off them. We don’t couldn’t stop them.

“I don’t think the players ignored the game plan, but they weren’t able to stop them. We gave them too much space and time. When you give the technically good players that space, that’s what can happen.

“In the second half we took the risk of bringing in Cavani to play as a second striker, but looking back it was too risky to play in a 4-4-2 against them but we had to change energy. Today we were second.”

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Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness claims nothing on Ralf Rangnick’s CV suggesting he deserved to be given the job of caretaker manager at Manchester United

Bruno: We are not fit to wear the jersey

Manchester United fans packed away at the Amex but their anger at the team was easy to hear after their side conceded the fourth goal, chanting en masse: “You are not fit to wear the shirt”.

Asked about the songs, the captain of the day Bruno Fernandes agreed with the supporters.

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Bruno Fernandes says he agrees with Manchester United fans who chanted ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt’

He said sky sports“What we did, and by myself, was not enough to be in a Manchester United shirt. I accept that. It’s not good enough.

“They outplayed us. They always had a solution. They pressed us better and they deserved the result.

“A bit of everything went wrong. Quality. Mentality. They deserved to win and we deserve to be in the position we’re in now.”

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Dion Dublin says Cristiano Ronaldo’s reaction after Brighton made it 3-0 summed up Manchester United’s day

Potter hails a fantastic victory | Dunk: a special day

After guiding Brighton to their best Premier League season since promotion in 2017, Graham Potter was delighted to offer the club’s supporters a first home victory since Boxing Day.

He said sky sports: “It was nice to give the supporters a performance and a memory, so we are delighted.

“We played well from the start and I thought we were the better team. The boys did everything they could based on what we asked them to do.

“They defended well, pressed well, created danger and were brave with the ball. It was a fantastic performance.

“We are at 47 points now, which is an improvement. We are really happy.”

Brighton captain Lewis Dunk said: “It’s a special day. United are a top team and we’ve let our home fans down this season so it’s been a good time.”

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Graham Potter was delighted to hand Brighton supporters their first home win since Boxing Day as his side emphatically beat Manchester United.

Man of the Match: Moises Caicedo

From this projection, it’s easy to see why Manchester United were interested in signing Moises Caicedo ahead of his move to Amex last year.

The 20-year-old set the tempo for Brighton all afternoon, producing a calm display in midfield to prevent the visitors from gaining a foothold in the game.

It was a mature performance from the Ecuadorian international, whose impressive first goal for the club could be a sign of things to come.

“He’s got the quality, he’s got the ability to score,” Potter said. It comes to just the right place and luckily today it did. It was a nice finish.

“He’s been amazing since he’s been in the team and I’m really happy for him.”

Opta stats: Man Utd season hits new low

  • The loss leaves Manchester United on 58 points with just one Premier League game remaining this season, ensuring that 2021/22 will see their lowest points tally in a campaign in the competition (previously 64 in 2013/14).
  • Manchester United have conceded 56 Premier League goals this season, their highest in a single campaign since 1978-79 (63).
  • Manchester United have lost five consecutive away league games for the first time since March 1981 under Dave Sexton (series of six).
  • It was Brighton’s biggest ever win, in their 356th game at this level.

And after?

Brighton travel to Leeds for their penultimate Premier League game of the season on May 15 (kick-off 2pm). They then end the campaign at home to West Ham seven days later (kick-off 4pm).

Manchester United have one game remaining from the Ralf Rangnick era. They will travel to Crystal Palace on May 22 (kick-off 4pm).

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