'#MourinhoOut': Man Utd fans blow up after shock defeat

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Jose Mourinho has said he will no longer be criticising individual Manchester United players in public, a major reversal of past patterns, following the abject performance in a 3-2 defeat at Brighton on Sunday.

"Last season we put ourselves in a hard position, because to do better we can only finish first", Mourinho said.

Ed Woodward has also been unusually quiet, but it looks like a move for either Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire or Jerome Boateng may happen before the window slams shut. His first-half cross-shot sailed harmlessly over, and he was unable to break into the box after being dropped into a more defensive role by manager Jose Mourinho at the break.

If the United manager wanted to make his point to Ed Woodward, he need only post of video of the first half here to the chief executive's office at Old Trafford.

Lindelof was at fault for the first, letting Murray steal in to score.

That reprieve lasted just 10 minutes, however, before more rash defending by Bailly allowed Brighton to restore their two-goal lead when he brought down Gross, who converted from the spot.

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For now, Mourinho will have to make do with what he has got. Aguero flicked home his third on 75 minutes and Kongolo put through his own net late on - the ninth goal Huddersfield have conceded in two games. Marcos Rojo is another option, but the Argentina defender is still nursing an injury picked up at the World Cup. Having exited Bayern Munich past year, Ancelotti has only been in charge at Napoli since May, so the time may not be right for him to return to the Premier League, after his stint at Chelsea between 2009 and 2011.

Pogba headed well wide from a deep delivery as United sought a way back into things on the south coast, but Brighton were happy to sit deep with their visitors showing little in the way of imagination.

Manchester City delivered yet another reminder that it is the team to beat in the Premier League this season.

"You're not always going to play well as a team". The Iranian global was the top scorer in the Eredivisie last season and enjoyed an impressive World Cup for Team Melli.

Darmian started their opening Premier League game of the 2018-19 season as Manchester United eased to a 2-1 win over Leicester City.

Pogba's goal was nothing more than a consolation though as the Seagulls held on to register a second consecutive win over United at the Amex Stadium, while Mourinho now will have some serious thinking to ahead of the game against Tottenham Hotspur next weekend.

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