Manchester United stunned by EPL minnows Brighton in five-goal thriller

United's manager Jose Mourinho shakes hands with City's manager Pep

United's manager Jose Mourinho shakes hands with City's manager Pep Guardiola AFP

"I think this game today, if I was in your position, would give me (enough) material to speak about it or to write about it", added Mourinho, addressing the media.

A few hours after Manchester City strolled to a 6-1 win over Huddersfield, United showed the gulf that now exists to its fierce rival by succumbing meekly to its first loss of the season on Sunday (NZT).

Brighton bought 16 new players in the close season after staying up in England's top division for the first time in 34 years, but coach Chris Hughton was vindicated as he largely stuck with the team which kept them up.

The Irish boss will be expecting a reaction from his side, and will quietly confident of getting a result especially after defeating United 1-0, to confirm their place in the Premier League when they visited the Amex last season.

Brighton, who beat United 1-0 in May to make sure of their top-flight status, repeated the trick by blowing away their opponents in the opening 45 minutes.

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It was reported earlier this week that Manchester United would be forced to pay Jose Mourinho a whopping £12 million if they made a decision to sack him this season.

Murray flicked the ball over past David de Gea with his marker Victor Lindelof, so impressive in the World Cup finals for Sweden, nowhere near the man he was supposed to be marking.

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After a second-half cameo against Watford , Jahanbakhsh should start and could cause United some problems. There has been uncertainty of late surrounding Mourinho and star midfielder Paul Pogba .

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Andreas Pereira and Juan Mata replaced by Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford at half time, but the forwards charged with plugging a porous midfield and defence could do little.

Mourinho then threw on Marouane Fellaini in place of Anthony Martial on the hour, but still United continued in listless fashion.

Pogba, captaining United, made the scoreline more respectable with nearly the final kick of the game following Duffy's foul on substitute Marouane Fellaini.

Mourinho will now demand an instant reaction when United hosts Tottenham in its next game.

City has already racked up eight goals in the first two games of its title defense.

Former Burnley forward Andre Gray opened the scoring in the third minute with a superbly taken volley.

Burnley have now gone seven league games without a win.

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