Reasons Why Manchester United Lost To Brighton

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After just two games, Manchester United's season is looking as hard as manager Jose Mourinho predicted it would be after his team suffered a stunning 3-2 defeat to Brighton.

Gary Neville accuses Manchester United of failing to back Jose Mourinho in the transfer market this summer and wonders why the club gave the coach a new deal in January.

Having worked under Louis Van Gaal as an assistant, Giggs held the interim manager position at United as well in 2014, but he would relish the chance to return as the leader for a club he played his whole career at.

Pogba scored his second penalty of the season deep into stoppage time at the Amex, but by then it was too little, too late for the visitors as Mourinho's pre-season predictions of defensive problems were realised on a hard afternoon for centre-backs Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly.

Pogba, who has been made captain in what some have viewed as an attempt by Mourinho to get the player back on side as he eyes a move to Spain, has already admitted he can not express his true feelings for fear of being fined.

The Brighton fans on the main stand's concourse sang in unison when they saw Jose Mourinho on TV screens after Sunday's match.

Mourinho suggested he had taken reaction to his comments last season to heart, telling the BBC: "I have to learn from my reality". Some players are not helping themselves, however. As seen at Chelsea and Real Madrid, Mourinho has a tendency to self-combust during his third campaign, getting fired during or after the season. The briefing undermined Jose Mourinho, there's no doubt about that.

"I hope that is lost in translation", Scholes said. It's clear something needs changing.

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Publicly at least, Mourinho retains the backing of the United hierarchy. Ed Woodward can then sit there as executive vice-chairman and make sure the commercial side and the footballing side deliver profit on and off the pitch. They are United in name only. The restructuring seems likely to extend to the appointment of a technical director.

That is not Manchester United; that is not acceptable.

Chris Hughton has done what many managers had failed to do over the years. It is also unclear at this stage how quickly United expect to make an appointment.

"To me, they look like second-fiddle centre-backs".

Harry Maguire of Leicester City, Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng and Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld were the men who Mourinho wanted to reinforce his defence.

"Too many mistakes. We were always punished by every mistake we made". Both decisions were a reflection of the disconnect that exists.

"At the moment, there is definitely an angst there between the club and the manager".

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