Manchester United suffered another embarrassing defeat after falling to a 4-0 hammering away at Brighton at the Amex Stadium.
The first goal came from childhood United fan Moises Caicedo, who became the 100th player to score his first Premier League goal against the Red Devils.
Just a goal clear at the break, Marc Cucurella doubled his score shortly after half-time as he slammed home with a stunning finish before leaving to celebrate with tears in his eyes.
Things then went from bad to worse as Pascal Gross and Leandro Trossard made it 4-0 on the hour mark.
It was an absolute surrender from United as supporters chanted ‘you are not fit to wear the shirt’ as Brighton supporters reveled in what was a historic night for the club.
With the Seagulls now firmly on course to win a first half, United’s lower goal difference means sixth place is the highest the club can finish this season, but West Ham and Wolves can have other ideas as they hunt down Ralf Rangnick’s team. .
It was a slow start to the game for United as Leandro Trossard pulled the strings early on the pitch, resulting in some hairy moments for the opposing team’s defence.
While outgoing star Juan Mata showed some neat touches early on, Caicedo’s effort after 15 minutes left the Red Devils firmly on the back foot on the south coast.
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In fact, the boyhood Man United fan’s efforts made him the 100th player to score his first-ever Premier League goal against the club, contributing to their downfall.
United were on the ropes and could have been further behind when Welbeck latched onto the ball at the edge of the box before launching his effort over David De Gea’s bar.
Speaking at half-time, talkSPORT co-commentator Scott Minto said: “I’ve said it many times now, United fans should be delighted they’re only 1-0 down. .
“Brighton fans will be delighted with the way they played but will wonder how they aren’t two or three goals up.”
As for that wish, the Seagulls got their wish within minutes of the restart as Cucurella slammed home to make it two, before Gross and Trossard made it four before the hour mark.
Edinson Cavani found the back of the net from a corner but was flagged for offside as a telltale sign it just wasn’t going to be United’s day.
But as United continued to push forward, Brighton held on to claim their first home win since Boxing Day.
Describing United’s performance, Minto said: “Looking it’s men against boys, it’s the first team against the youth team, it’s a team that is hungry and knows what they are doing against. a team that is on the beach.
“I don’t care who you are or how you play, the least you can do is give your all and even with the ball they don’t quite know what to do.”
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