Brighton spoil Ten Hag’s Man United debut, Ndidi returns as Leicester blow lead

Brighton defeated Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford today in Erik ten Hag’s first game in charge of the sleeping Premier League giants.

Pascal Gross scored twice to give Brighton their first-ever win at Old Trafford as Manchester United continued from where they left off last season.

New signings Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez were on from the start for United but it was Brighton who played the much better football in the first half in which they took a well deserved 2-0 lead.

United’s familiar defensive frailties showed from the start and Gross punished them in the 30th minute by firing in from Danny Welbeck’s dangerous ball.

It got worse for United when Gross netted again six minutes before half-time, prodding in from close range after David de Gea parried Solly March’s shot into his path.

United brought on Cristiano Ronaldo eight minutes into the second half to replace the ineffective Fred, and Ten Hag’s side improved.

The hosts then got a lifeline in the 68th minute when Alexis Mac Allister turned the ball into his own net as he attempted to stop it after it bounced off Diogo Dalot’s back.

Brighton were under pressure for the rest of the contest but they held on for the historic win and left Ten Hag with an unwanted record in his first game: the first United manager to lose at home to Brighton in the Premier League.

In a match that kicked off at the same time as the one at Old Trafford, Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi made his first competitive start for Leicester City since March.

Ndidi, who battled with a long-term kneee injury, had a solid game but his side could not hold on to a 2-0 lead.

Timothy Castagne headed Leicester City into the lead in the 33rd minute at the King Power Stadium, delighting the home fans, and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall doubled their lead immediately after the restart.

Brentford first hit back through Ivan Toney, who netted from close range from Rico Henry’s pass in the 62nd minute.

The Bees completed the comeback through Josh Dasilva with four minutes left on the clock to deny Leicester City an opening matchday win at home.

Super Eagles stars Kelechi Iheanacho and Frank Onyeka were both unused substitutes for Leicester City and Brentford respectively.

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