When coming into the Amex stadium, Manchester United looked to carry on their two-game unbeaten streak following their 3-0 victory against Brentford at Old Trafford. Unfortunately for the Red Devils and any supporter that witnessed this shambolic performance — which led Brighton supporters to chant “We want 5″ — Manchester United seemed to revert to old ways in a performance which resulted in a 4-0 loss to Brighton. With a similar cowardly performance that United supporters are prone to see, nevertheless here are three talking points following the defeat against Brighton.
The once football giant
Unfortunately for United fans it is time to face the worrying fact that we are not the big club we once were looked at. This statement has become increasingly prevalent due to the fact that a Brighton team who have only managed to win three home games this season, managed to control the game and attack the back four of Manchester United without fearing any repercussions.
Although Manchester United in recent times have not been labelled as the most successful team, a fear factor when matched up against the Red Devils always seemed to be prevalent. This season Manchester United has never been an easier draw, with many teams in the lower half of the table able to outplay the reds.
Once looked at as the giants of English football to now, over the last years the drop in quality has been drastic with the game against Brighton highlighting this issue. No matter the result against Crystal Palace on the last day of the season; United will have their worst points tally in the Premier League since its inception.
Ralf’s Reluctance to play the youth
With top four out of the picture it remained a question on many Manchester United fans minds, why isn’t the youth getting a chance?
Although Rangnick handed a debut to Alejandro Garnacho to close out the final minutes against Chelsea, since then the German manager has not integrated the youth into the first team as much and many fans would have liked. He has previously hinted that bringing youngsters on while the team are in a bed spell may have a negative impact in means of development, this may be seen as the reason many of the them have failed to feature for the first team despite the season being all but over for some time at Old Trafford.
The United interim manager may be doing right by these youngsters by not integrating them into the toxic situation which is Manchester United, but he cannot play half of this team against Crystal Palace after what was evidently an embarrassing performance.
Although there is a clear reluctance to give these young players a chance, the squad that matched up against Brighton were simply not good enough. With poor performances coming from the senior figures at the club, the youth stars could show some much needed determination — as Hannibal Mejbri did so in the last minutes against Liverpool — and talent.
De Gea needs to work on his distribution
Although David De Gea has been somewhat of a shining light in Manchester United’s season, one evident problem with his game is his distribution. The goalkeeper has been able to offer incredible value for United with his cat-like reflexes and leadership from the back, unfortunately for De Gea an area he desperately needs to improve on is his distribution.
With Robert Sanchez providing a unique difference from goal, as a United supporter, it was hard not to admire his calming presence as well as effectiveness from his distribution. Against Brighton, the Red Devils struggled to play the ball from the back, constantly losing the ball in the backline offering opportunities all game. It will be pivotal for David de Gea to improve in his distribution for the introduction of new-manager Erik ten Hag in the new season, who has his teams playing out of the back.