Mourinho’s Manchester United ‘smashed’ by Balogun-inspired Brighton

Mazino Dickson

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It appears the third season curse on Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is well and truly on course, as the Red Devils were smashed 3-2 by Brighton on Sunday.

Mourinho had left out Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez from his starting line up.

His boys dominated possession with little end product.

They looked tepid, uninterested and dispirited.

Brighton captain Lewis Dunk got injured and was substituted by Nigerian defender Leon Balogun on 20 minutes.

Then the flood gates opened as veteran striker Glenn Murray ran in front of his marker Victor Lindelof, and nonchalantly flicked the ball home with the outside of his boot 25 minutes in to hand the homers the lead.

A completely shell-shocked United were 2-0 down in 2 minutes as Pascal Gross’s corner was floated towards the back stick,  Shane Duffy sent the ball back where it came from and midfielder Shane Duffy drove home into the corner.

United fought back as wing-back Ashley Young floated a ball at the Brighton backline, leading to confusion which allowed Belgian forward Romanu Lukaku to nod beyond Mat Ryan in the 34th minute.

But this revival died soon as defender Bailly needlessly chopped down Pascal Gross, who stepped up to hit the back of the net 8 minutes later.

The second half was all United, and nothing came out of their toil as the Brighton fans sang “Can we play you every week?”

Paul Pogba made the bulge of the onion bag (the net) count on 94 minutes, but it was too little, too late.

With Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea all showing title credentials so early, poor results like the “BRIGHTON EPIC FAIL” Mourinho might soon be on the labour market before the season is half way through.