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Brighton adds to Mourinho's woes, City on a scoring spree

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Booked: Martial (min. 45+2), Murray (min. 67).

Chris Hughton warned Brighton and Hove Albion that victory over Manchester United does not mean his side are set for a comfortable season in the Premier League.

United didn't help themselves, though.

"De Bruyne is a fantastic player, but for him to be out a few weeks, I don't think it's a drama for them". Neither did Paul Pogba's late penalty after Duffy had brought down substitute Marouane Fellaini in stoppage time.

United lacked leadership across the pitch with captain Paul Pogba a shadow of the player who had impressed the previous week in the win over Leicester City.

"Today the situation was not even a corner but was similar in the sense we had one last ball and the referee stopped the game when the ball was in the air".

If you believe all the transfer stories in the summer, United were linked with 160 new players and signed three of them.

United contributed to their own downfall, making mistakes that allowed Glenn Murray, Shane Duffy and Pascal Gross from the penalty spot to give Brighton a 3-1 lead at half-time. Sometimes you make mistakes and you are not punished, sometimes the opponent doesn't take advantage of your gifts, doesn't take advantage but sometimes they do it and this time was nearly three in three.

Lukaku's snatched, wayward shot was all United had to show for a wretched opening half-hour, where Mourinho's men crumbled under the weight of consistent home pressure. Unfortunately for them, the promise was short lived as they lost 3-2 to Brighton. But from a mental point of view, the accumulation of the mistakes and the punishment of the mistakes with goals was giving confidence to a good team like Brighton, and took that confidence from us.

"As a manager, you have to push them and push them to the point where you are nearly falling out with them but you cannot cross that line otherwise you end up falling out with two or three of the top men and they can get you out of the door".

Many of Mourinho's stars, including World Cup victor Pogba, new signing Fred and French forward Anthony Martial, were anonymous for long periods, but the boss refused to criticise individuals. Maybe we didn't have attitude to break them, to kill them when we had to kill them, to go through the lines, and that's a lesson we have to keep in mind and play much better next game.

76′ - Villalba goes and goes, until he scores - No one felt it necessary to step up to Villalba and make a legitimate challenge for the ball as he weaved his way roughly 50 yards across the field before tucking his left-footed strike - the game-winner - inside the far post.