Published: Mon, August 20, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Paul Scholes rips into Paul Pogba's lack of leadership after Brighton defeat

Paul Scholes rips into Paul Pogba's lack of leadership after Brighton defeat

A wretched Manchester United performance saw Brighton & Hove Albion win their first game of the season as they triumphed 3-2 on Sunday. "So I think he is in a very precarious position right now if that is what they can give us on a football pitch".

"I put myself first, my attitude was not right enough".

A few hours after Manchester City strolled to a 6-1 win over Huddersfield, United showed the gulf that now exists to its fierce rival by succumbing meekly to its first loss of the season on Sunday (NZT).

Manchester United fans were absolutely furious with Eric Bailly's performance vs Brighton following the loss on Sunday evening. Every manager makes a mistake in selling a player that shouldn't be sold, it comes back to bite them.

"I was not expecting these big mistakes - we are not talking about small mistakes - and we were punished by these big mistakes". "We made incredible mistakes in some crucial moments, mistakes that killed us".

United could lose further ground on rivals Manchester City, who have won their opening two league matches of the season, with a tough match at home to Tottenham next Monday. I'd rather him be spiky and picking on his opponents than the internal stuff we've seen over the last few weeks where he's getting asked about his relationships with his players, his board. "The press and pundits criticise when I go in that direction".

The story could have been very different for the visitors had Lukaku not wasted a huge chance to open the scoring when he pulled his shot wide of the near post 10 minutes in.

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Goal scorer Murray was booked for a challenge on Lindelof, much to the disgust of the home fans, but United were struggling to find any sort of threatening final ball, instead playing hopeful passes forward that were easily dealt with by the Brighton defence.

Glenn Murray had given the Seagulls the lead on 25, and within another two minutes the hosts had their second through Shane Duffy.

But with the transfer window closed, manager Jose Mourinho has no alternative to trying to draw on his experience and skill to get the best he can out of a team many believe lack the quality and character to be genuine title contenders.

"I know you can not always play very, very good", added Pogba.

"The result shifts the mood from last week [a 2-0 defeat at Watford], but it doesn't change anything".

Bailly, again, was at fault for Brighton's third goal two minutes before half time as he went to tackle Pascal Gross who had taken a poor touch in a Brighton attack.

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