Brighton – Manchester United: United Snatch Win In Chaotic Climax (2-3)
Manchester United picked up their first three points of the season, but not in the style they would have wanted. Brighton and Hove Albion’s possession structure gave them the control, smashing the woodwork on numerous occasions. Just when they thought they grabbed a deserved point, a penalty awarded after the full-time whistle, gave United the win.
Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.
After years of bread-and-butter low blocks, being deployed by the Premier League’s carousel of English managers, Graham Potter is spearheading a much-needed modernization in Brighton. In his year in charge, Brighton have developed into a team utilizing solid positional play and flexible systems, thoroughly entertaining those viewing in the process.
They survived the drop last season with quite a few games to spare, now it is time to further concrete their membership in the top flight. Brighton followed an impressive performance against Chelsea by oozing past Newcastle with a 3-0 victory. Tariq Lamptey, who shone throughout that game, recovered from a groin injury to start, whilst Adam Lallana replaced Yves Bissouma, an enforced change and the only alternation Potter made.
Manchester United’s return to the league could not have started any worse, deservedly beaten by Crystal Palace at Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjær may have led his team to the Champions League spots, and far in the Europa League competition, but questions remain over his tactical acumen and whether . . .