After just one game, Eric ten Haag has broken a long-standing record since Brighton managed a 2–1 win at Old Trafford.
Graham Potter’s side ran out winners thanks to a brace from midfielder Pascal Gross, the win being Brighton’s first at Manchester United’s Old Trafford.
An unwelcome record for Ten Haag as he then became the first manager in the club’s rich history to falter at home against the Seagulls.
After a largely positive pre season, United fans expected their team to easily overcome Brighton, but things didn’t turn out that way at all.
From the start, it was Potter’s side who were on the front foot, they could have been in front after 20 seconds after Diego Dalot’s error left Leandros Trossard on the left side, but the Belgian managed to find the side netting.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 30th minute as Gross found himself unmarked to easily tap in former United man Danny’s cross. Welbeck.
And less than 10 minutes later it went from bad to worse for Ten Haag as it was again Gross who was in the right place at the right time to slot home a rebound past United goalkeeper David. de Gea deflected a shot from Solly March.
It was 2–0 down at half time and the United team was booed by their disgruntled fans. In the second half, Cristiano Ronaldo was introduced in the 53rd minute.
But the want away forward could not inspire a return. United pulled one back after a powerful goal from the mouth led to an own goal from Alexis McAllister.
The visitors held on as they recorded their first win at the Old Traffordafter 12 losses and two draws, they finally came out victorious.
United’s defeat also meant that for the first time since 1973, the Red Devils ended one season and started the next with a defeat. Not a good start for Ten Haag.
After the game, Gross spoke about his and his team’s performance.
He said up Sky Sports: “We can’t ask for much more: three points away to Manchester United in their first home game. It’s a big win for us today.
“I do not know [why I score so many against United]. I would love to score more goals against other teams.
“I think we played very well. The game plan was it really good? We stuck to it and were clinical in front of the goal.”
Ten Hag will be looking for his first Premier League win next week when he takes his side to United Bradford.