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Bruno Fernandes demands Manchester United end season on high note after Brighton humiliation

United have lost three of their 37 Premier League games this season by four goals or more (Author: Gardener)

Bruno FernandesBruno Fernandes says Manchester United must end a miserable season on high after embarrassing himself at Brighton. United's players were forced to endure "you are not fit enough to wear the shirt" from traveling fans during Saturday's 4-0 win on the south coast, amid further protests over the club's ownership. Fernandes, who managed the side at Amex Stadium, accepted criticism from fans ahead of a two-week break ahead of the season finale at Crystal Palace. "The whole season was like this, ups and downs, the downs were too low," he told the club's website. “They (fans) have been through bad things this season watching their club and they have supported us all season. “They support us until the end with different songs. "We have one more game. We have to win this game and that's all we can do. "The game is far away, but we have to keep our focus, do our best and understand that the last game is important for us - and we have to win it." Moises Caicedo opened the first goal before Marc Cucurella, Pascal Gross and Leandro Trossard's quick second-half strike gave the rampant Brighton a deserved first home win since Boxing Day. United are now limited to a maximum of 61 points this season - three fewer than 2013/14, which started under David Moyes and ended with Ryan Giggs as caretaker. Midfielder Fernandes admits a shameful experience - United's 11th top-flight defeat this season - could have been even worse. "Brighton played a lot better than us, they wanted more than us, they deserved more than us to win this game," said the Portuguese. "They created a lot of chances, they could have scored more. We're not strong enough on the second balls in this game. "We made some mistakes defensively and we weren't able to score offensively." Brighton outstripped their stunned opponents from the start en route to their biggest Premier League win in their 356th game at this level. Ecuadorian midfielder Caicedo was named man of the match after scoring his debut goal for the Seagulls in his sixth Premier League game. Albion head coach Graham Potter, who dedicated the result to the club's supporters after their poor form at home, is excited about the 20-year-old's potential. "He's a good young player who I'm sure a lot of people are looking at, so we're happy to have him," Potter said of Caicedo, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Belgian club Beerschot. "I think he must think the Premier League is easy because the results have been fantastic since he's been there, but of course it's not. "He's a humble guy, he's a fantastic boy and we're very happy for him."

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Sam Kerr's double for Chelsea against Manchester United secures the WSL title

Two stunning Sam Kerr volleys helped Chelsea to their third straight WSL title as the Blues came from behind twice to clinch a thrilling 4-2 win over Manchester United in Kingsmeadow (Author: Gardener)

Manchester UnitedTwo stunning volleys from Sam Kerr helped Chelsea to a third consecutive Women's Super League title as the Blues came twice from behind to earn a thrilling 4-2 win over Manchester United. With Arsenal a point behind the defending champions, the goal of the WSL trophy switched between north and south-west London as United pressed Chelsea hard in a crowded and sun-drenched Kingsmeadow. United striker Martha Thomas gave her team the lead that would send the away fans 25 miles to the north-east where hopeful West Ham met second-placed Arsenal. Chelsea hit back through Erin Cuthbert but the visitors regained the lead through Ella Toone before the break. But Kerr's double, pinching a close-in shot from Guro Reit, took their season tally to 20 and secured Chelsea a third straight title. The problem was that Chelsea were playing Manchester United against a side that had their first chance of reaching the Champions League. After a shaky start to the season injured by injuries, derby rivals Manchester City had fought their way back into third place, two points clear of fourth-place United. Marc Skinner's side needed a win over the holders and Reading to take points from Manchester City. The United manager had said they would "try and win" and his side started exactly as the manager had hoped, with an intense adjustment of a team poised to continue at the top of the table next season and disturbing things. Shortly after, a corner from Katie Zelem caused chaos in the Chelsea box before the Blues rapped the ball clear. The visitors took a surprising but deserved lead in the 13th minute when a Zelem free-kick was headed in by striker Martha Thomas to put Arsenal over the Blues. If there's one thing Chelsea have shown this season it's guts and United's lead was short-lived. Despite Chelsea's equaliser, United dominated in the middle and it wasn't long before they regained their lead when Toone fired in from the left to Galton's cross. If more proof of Hayes' ability to turn a game was needed, it came in the second half. In the second half, it took just 50 seconds for Chelsea to equalize and the source was known, Kerr volleyed into the top corner with all the fury she could muster. Five minutes later they were back at the top of the table – a draw would not have been enough if Arsenal beat West Ham. Ji passed the ball to Pernille Harder on the left and the Danish striker sent in a low cross for side foot riding. As the stadium swayed and the momentum had swung Chelsea in their direction, a brave goal from Kerr would extend their lead and give them a stronger grip on the title. Earp's passout was intercepted by Reit, who headed him forward to Kerr and the Aussie forward, 25 yards away and with her back to goal, cushioned the ball on her chest before turning and sending a looping volley into the net. No season can top the 2014 final, but this one came to a close. Then Chelsea collapsed, giving up a two-point lead over Birmingham and a three-point lead over third-placed Liverpool on the final day. After they usurped Arsenal at the top of the table, there was no option to resign.

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Where should the blame for the last humiliation lie?

The heavy defeat at the hands of Brighton was another blot on a season which will see United record their lowest total points in the Premier League (Author: Gardener)

BrightonManchester United, the 20-time English champions, are guaranteed to finish with the lowest points of the Premier League era and are no longer eligible for the Champions League. It comes after another humiliating defeat, this time against Brighton, with the shortcomings across the team becoming more apparent with every game played. The four goals United conceded in an hour at Brighton took them to 56, their worst total in the Premier League and worst since 1978-79, when Stewart Houston and Tom Connell got games. Admitting that this season had been a "disaster", interim manager Ralf Rangnick condemned Saturday's deplorable performance as "humiliating... unacceptable" and apologized to fans. Not for the first or last time, Diogo Dalot failed to pull himself together to retrace when the effervescent Leandro Trossard sauntered to the sidelines. If Dalot and Telles were the disasters nobody had to wait for and Lindelof is the answer to nobody's question, United have transformed Raphael Varane from one of Europe's most elegant centre-backs into one for whom the basics are a step too far. In the eighth minute, when Juventus' Nemanja Matic assessed his chances in the center circle before rolling the ball wide? The 17th minute when Cristiano Ronaldo intelligently ran down the inside left channel into space, only for Dalot to smack a pass into the unkempt prairie of the inside right channel? The 54th minute when Bruno Fernandes saw two United players run into space before playing the ball past both? 🗣️ "What I did today wasn't enough to be in a Manchester United shirt and I accept that." Bruno Fernandes responds to fans' chants during the game. In theory, United were formed to protect and expand, with Matic and Scott McTominay holding the center in front of the back four, freeing Fernandes, Juan Mata and Anthony Elanga to serve Ronaldo. In practice, United lacked drive, creativity and commitment. Fernandes was stubborn and peripheral; Never lightning fast, these days Mata lacks something approaching pace; Elanga was muscular at every turn of his 45-minute calvary. Without a dominant figure to evoke memories of Alex Ferguson's teams, where almost everyone from Ronny Johnsen to Roy Keane thrived on responsibilities while jostling for individual leadership roles, the United of 2022 resembles a bevy of dysfunctional divorcees who fight over the dishes as their house burns. Shoulders slumped, head constantly shaking, hands welded to hips, nominal captain Fernandes regrets Telles crossing (badly, of course) rather than returning an early pass. Fernandes was still berating him an hour later after Solly March was once again waltzed through unchallenged by the Brazilian. Manchester United lacked drive, creativity and commitment across the board. Lacking a sense of camaraderie, Lindelof yelled so long and loud about Dalot's sloppy positioning for a free-kick that the Swede was out of contention when the free-kick was taken. United's kids were intimidated but the old hands weren't moving forward. Mata, so often United's bringer of joy, was almost as cheerless as the others, although his dedication is unquestionable, while Ronaldo's eye-rolling and rueful smile was arguably his greatest contribution. Ronaldo's evening ended in the first half with a free-kick from the edge of the box which, after all the typical flexing of the cheeks and shoulders, landed in row z to the glee of dizzying home loyalty. Edinson Cavani added a touch of oomph in the second half but added irony to the insult, only when Harry Maguire was introduced late in the middle half did United seriously threaten. United seemed surprised when Brighton attacked through full-backs March and Cucurella, as they have done for most of the season. Dalot and Telles may be figureheads of this struggling United side, but no significant support has been offered to the unfortunate couple. At half-time, Rangnick dismissed two midfielders and switched to 4-4-2 in a move he regretted, leaving the major problem his side faced unchallenged. As a result, Brighton scored three goals in the 15 minutes after the restart. To add to the Brighton feel at the end of term, her manager Graham Potter conducted the crowd's 'We Want Five'. It felt like the end of all days for United. It may be forgotten as United pick up the rubble of the ensuing fiasco, but before kick-off, when the starting XI remained unchanged after defeating Brentford, the traveling fans were the loudest in encouragement. A couple of totally inappropriate flares were a reminder of the lack of flair on the pitch but when Mata was substituted he went in front of the United section and received nothing but applause. After the final whistle, Dalot, a little more defiant than before, faced the hordes who chanted, "You're not fit to wear the shirt". If anything summed up United's evening, it was this.

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Sir Alex Ferguson advises Cristiano Ronaldo on Man Utd future

Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly privately urging Cristiano Ronaldo to stay at Manchester United despite the club's woeful season. United delivered another lackluster performance on Saturday as they... (Author: Gardener)

Alex FergusonSir Alex Ferguson is reportedly privately urging Cristiano Ronaldo to stay at Manchester United despite the club's woeful season. Ronaldo has scored 24 goals in 34 games in his first season with United but the 37-year-old has been criticized for his performances and accused of not doing enough to support United's attack. The Portugal international looked frustrated again in United's defeat by Brighton and was even spotted laughing after his side conceded their third goal in the 57th minute. Ronaldo signed an initial two-year deal with United last August with an option for a further 12 months, but the five-time Ballon d'Or winner is already considering his future. According to the Sunday Mirror, Ronaldo and Ferguson have met at their homes on several occasions this season and despite United's struggles, the Scot has told his former player to look after his deal with the club. Erik ten Hag is yet to make a decision on Ronaldo's future as the Ajax boss is set to join United after the season is over. After United's defeat by Brighton, former striker Dion Dublin believes Ten Hag's decision will be a key factor in Ronaldo's future at Old Trafford. "I don't know where Ronaldo is going from here," Dublin told Sky Sports. It's hard for me to see him at United unless something is done incredibly quickly. On the other hand, I don't know where he's going. On the other hand, I don't know where he's going. “I think United will be lost without him so I hope he will stay [at] United without a doubt. "But I don't know why he would stay, to be honest with you. Unless the new manager says: 'Right £300m these players are coming in please stay. Follow Metro Sport for the latest news

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Fred Rutten turns down Manchester United job under Erik ten Hag

Erik ten Hag is Man United's next manager, completing his team in the backroom before swapping Holland for England. (Author: Gardener)

ErikGet the latest on new manager Erik ten Hag, transfers and United team news straight to your inbox every day for free Get the latest on new manager Erik ten Hag, transfers and United team news straight to your inbox every day for free Dutch coach Fred Rutten has revealed he turned down the opportunity to become Erik ten Hag's assistant at Manchester United. Ten Hag was officially confirmed as United's next manager last month. Ten Hag joins United on a three-year deal with an option for a further year and will arrive at Old Trafford after attempting to win the Eredivisie with Ajax. The 52-year-old will also bring some of his own staff to United, while he will also inherit some existing backroom staff - Ralf Rangnick appointed Chris Armas and Sascha Lense this season - at the club. Mitchell Van der Gaag, currently an assistant at Ajax, will join Ten Hag at Manchester but United are yet to finalize the terms of that deal and contracts for other assistant coaches. ALSO READ: Ralf Rangnick could give Glazers their worst nightmare at Manchester United this month. Interestingly, former PSV and Schalke manager Rutten has now claimed he was also asked by Ten Hag to become his assistant at United. "Erik ten Hag asked me to become his assistant at Manchester United, I said no," said the 59-year-old on Dutch television. Rutten has managed Twente, Vitesse, PSV and Feyenoord throughout his career and previously worked with Ten Hag. The 59-year-old is currently unemployed having last managed Anderlecht in Belgium three years ago. Sign up for our United newsletter so you don't miss an update from Old Trafford this season.

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Ralf Rangnick's scathing reaction to Manchester United's defeat at Brighton

Ralf Rangnick, interim manager of Manchester United, is facing his next job in Vienna. The German coach criticized the team's performance at all levels, both in attack and defence. (Author: Gardener)

Ralf Rangnick'sRalf Rangnick, interim manager of Manchester United, is facing his next job in Vienna. The German coach criticized the team's performance at all levels, both in attack and defence. Ralf Rangnick's team was outplayed from start to finish, leaving significant gaps in disorganized form. This defeat was similar to every other Ralf Rangnick performance. However, that didn't stop the ex-Leipzig coach from expressing opposing views about his players' motivation on the pitch, despite the poor efficiency in the game: "It was a terrible performance. It wasn't enough from the first to the last minute; we can only apologize for this achievement and a humiliating defeat. “The win in Brentford was a different game, we just gave it too much time and space. In his post-match interviews with Sky Sports, Ralf Rangnick felt his team were not receptive enough despite acknowledging his game plan: "I don't think they ignored the game plan but we couldn't stop them. We gave them too much space and when you do that against a technically strong team like Brighton you get punished.” In a lengthy interview for the BBC, the Germany interim boss compared that defeat to the game against Watford under former coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer : “We had problems earlier in the season; I saw that we lost 4-1 to Watford who is now relegated. "The only time we were a little stable at the back was when we played with a back three in the last 15, 20 minutes but it wasn't good enough in all aspects of the game." Manchester United are playing in Ralf Rangnick's last Play as temporary boss against Crystal Palace, paving the way for Erik ten Hag next season.

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Cristiano Ronaldo's dismal 4/10 performance sets the tone as Man United exit Champions League

Player ratings: Nobody had a good day for Manchester United as the Premier League giants officially miss out on the Champions League. (Author: Gardener)

Cristiano Ronaldo'sManchester United's miserable season in the Premier League hit a new low on Saturday night as they lost 4-0 to Brighton & Hove Albion. With the defeat, Man United are officially out of contention for a Champions League spot and things couldn't have gone worse. Looking slow from the start, the Red Devils paid for their poor play as Moises Caicedo gave Brighton a 1-0 lead within 15 minutes. The Seagulls played with freedom and panache and in the second half they raged with goals from Marc Cucurella, Pascal Gross and Leandro Trossard to round off an awkward evening for Ralf Rangnick's men. At first glance, one could argue that one of the main positives for the visitors was that the goal-line stayed four goals behind. They defended much more resiliently to avoid another decline and on the occasional occasions in the last third something happened, it was always a nice quick pass in and around the box. United appeared scared of being out there and generally didn't seem to care about intense attacking moves. Ralf Rangnick, 4 - Man United's interim manager is so often seen as a genius on the global football landscape, but this only reiterates how lackluster he has been since taking charge at Old Trafford. - Which Premier League teams qualify for Europe? GK David De Gea, 4 – He could have been more attentive on a couple of goals but in the end defenders in front of the Spaniard really let him down. DF Alex Telles, 4 - A few good clearances couldn't hide an evening of clumsy control and a lack of understanding of basic defensive instincts. DF Raphael Varane, 3 – Almost scored Brighton, falling over himself countless times and contributing to most of his side's mistakes. DF Victor Lindelof, 4 - A particularly bad game for Lindelof, who appeared to be falling to the level of those around him, particularly with his reactions to Brighton pushing forward. MF Nemanja Matic, 3 – From lethargic passes to lack of possession, it's no wonder Matic has one foot out front. MF Scott McTominay, 3 - The Scot appeared as uncoordinated as a Premier League player could be, with a distinct lack of quality in all facets of his game. MF Bruno Fernandes, 4 – Only really started to look his best when the game was dead and buried, which speaks volumes about his current form. MF Juan Mata, 5 - Between a nice second-half performance and good urgency, the only thing that let the veteran down was his pace. DF Harry Maguire, N/R - The captain forced a nice save with a header and actually showed some heart at both ends of the field. MF Fred, 3 -- In one of the worst cameos of the season so far, Fred couldn't keep the ball at his feet and was sad with his positional play. FW Edinson Cavani, 5 - While the veteran forced some fine saves, his most notable contribution was a disallowed goal that highlighted United's frustration.

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Premier League - Live Reaction

MBM: Brighton won their first home game in 2022 as Manchester United were humiliated. Scott Murray watched. (Author: Gardener)

BrightonPlease use a supported version for the best MSN experience. MBM: Brighton won their first home game in 2022 as Manchester United were humiliated. Ralf Rangnick, responsible for United after his penultimate game, speaks to Sky. “It just wasn't enough from the first to the last minute, we were second best in all important areas. We just gave them too much time and space, we were never able to stop them from playing our lines. I don't think they ignored the game plan, we just couldn't stop them. We were only second best in all relevant areas. If we had played like we did in the first half, it would only have been a matter of time before we conceded the second goal. Brighton are good on the ball and when you give them that much space and time they had it easy. In games like today and at Everton, there was a lack of energy and aggression. We were on the right track for the first three, four months, but the last four weeks have been really bad.” Graham Potter speaks to Sky. “We've had a bit of pain here this season because we didn't win in front of our fans, so we owed them something. It's a special evening for us. In an ideal world, you want to score your points at home in front of your fans, and it was nice to give them a game, an achievement, and a memory. They have some moments in football that aren't great, but today is a good one! That's 47 points, an improvement and we're really happy." Both managers' judgment is still pending... Linked: Caicedo and Trossard front as Brighton rock Manchester United... It's another beautiful moment in what is pretty much a perfect day for Brighton. Lewis Dunk speaking to Sky: "It was a special day. They are a top team and we had to do our best today. We let our home fans down a lot this year and it was a nice moment to come to the end of the season and reward them with it. It's a great win. Let's go and have a nice evening.” The Amex erupts in celebration. This is a victory for the ages and another statement from Graham Potter's burgeoning team. Brighton players applaud their fans and soak up love; United have the good humor to look extremely embarrassed as they trudge down the tunnel. Great as Brighton were – and Cucurella, Caicedo, Gross, March and Mac Allister in particular deserve so much praise – United were a shambles, their performance a complete fiasco. Brighton consolidate their position in the top half; United can't finish higher than sixth now. Brighton's Manchester United humiliation is complete. It's her first win at the Amex in 2022! 63 min: "You're not fit to wear the shirt." Not sure who's singing that, whether it's the United fans berating that bunch or the Brighton supporters taking the mick . United tries to react, Mata crosses from the left, Cavani flashes a header into the goal. Sanchez parried clearly. 90 min +2: Ronaldo takes a hit from the edge of the Brighton box. The ball goes to Dalot on the right. Sanchez, who was great, claims. 90 min +1: At Sky, co-commentator Alan Smith names Moises Caicedo man of the match. 90 min: Gross lasts. Webster wins a header. 89 minutes: Gross's free-kick rebounds back at him, after which he and Cucurella alternately show off fancy footwork on the flank. Cucurella finally sends a cross for a goal kick from the game. Brighton come back in short order, Gross sending a low dab down the right and forcing De Gea to tip the post. 88 mins: Cucurella's fancy swing down the left flank throws McTominay, who then lunges at Caicedo in a mixture of frustration and embarrassment. Free kick, just to the side of the United box. Gross takes...but can't clear the first man. Despite this, McTominay takes possession 30 yards from his own goal. Welbeck grabs the ball, takes a few steps forward and unleashes an outside swing to the top left. It's beaten that De Gea ends everything, but it also beats the left post by inches. A fifth, from their former player, would have put the tin lid on for United. 85 mins: Bissouma unnecessarily clinches Fred to the ground near the right touchline. Fernandes circles the free-kick for Maguire, who tries to center home but the flag is flagged for offside. To be fair, United have come a long way from being four down, but... Min.81: Cucurella is allowed to dribble in the middle unchallenged for a while. United are fortunate that only Welbeck has kept up with him and the attack eventually collapses. 79 minutes: A free-kick for United on the left when Fred is cut off by Veltman. It's in a dangerous position right next to Brighton's box but Fernandes hits a bad one right in Sanchez's throat. 72 min: Dalot whistles a flat cross from the right. Bissouma prevents Ronaldo from coming by conceding a corner. Fernandes takes a long time. Maguire wins a header and sends the ball down to the left. Sanchez extends a strong hand. The ball bounces back to Maguire, who sends a low shot over the goal. Cavani steers at the right post, but is clearly offside. He kicks the ball away in frustration. 78 min: By the way, the team sheets are in Anfield. If that's not embarrassing enough for United, Gross Welbeck shoves a pass down the inside right channel, who enters the box and tries to praise De Gea. Dalot acrobatic lifts off the line but only slams the ball into Trossard's chest. Trossard rolls home and United crumbles like cake left in the rain. Trossard scores her fourth goal. Photo: Matthew Childs/Action Images/Reuters 76 mins: As if United didn't have enough problems already, here comes the livewire Tariq Lamptey. 75 min: Telles crosses from the left. claims Sanchez. 74 min: Fernandes has a long-range shot. Sanchez claims without fuss. "This united team looks like something a bunch of students cooked up after work on a Friday at the end of the semester." 71 min: Ronaldo cuts wide an ambitious attempt. here comes Maguire. 70 mins: It was a good day for Harry Maguire when nobody else is associated with United. “This United team goes far beyond tactical analysis for me,” begins Matthew Richman. "The level of professional effort from this team is deplorable and it's a small wonder why. I've been a Manchester United fan all my life and I always will be for all the reasons, but there's so little to like about the club these days.” 68 min: Fernandes takes a pop from distance. His shot is deflected far to the left. The set piece is worked long on Fernandes, who sends a screamer through a thicket of players, but straight to Sanchez, who parries. Brighton were sensational today and Sanchez more than did his part. 67 min: One corner leads to the next. Before it can be taken, Mac Allister makes room for Webster. De Gea confidently clears the second corner. 65 min: It should be five. 65 min: It should be five. Gross and Mac Allister stream through a huge gap in United's defence. Mac Allister is waiting to tap home near the left post when Dalot arrives and takes the ball off his toe. It pings from the base of the post and for a corner. United look punch drunk. 62 min: There is a long VAR check, but the ball hits Trossard in the middle. The referee points to the center circle, and can anyone believe what's going on here?! A first Brighton goal for Cucurella...Mac Allister chests down and shoots low through the six-yard box. Trossard gets the ball down the left and cuts back for Cucurella, who delivers a rising thrash to the top left corner! Brighton deserve this result. Cucurella scores Brighton's second goal. An emotional cucurella celebrates the hit. 58 min: Ronaldo responds to the goal with a shrug and a wry smile. Sanchez sprays a diagonal pass towards Cucurella on the left touchline. Cucurella catches and rolls in for Trossard, who saunters into United's box and lays down for Gross, who circles Varane on the left with a touch and then deflects a shot past De Gea into the bottom right corner. 56 min: Mata latches onto a bad header from Veltman. On the edge of the D, he pivots around and shoots the falling ball straight into Sanchez's throat. A decent performance from not very much, easily United's best of the night. 55 min: Mata's speculative ball forward is headed to the corner by Dunk. The standard situation is a nervous shambles that Dalot tries to save with a long-range shot. The camera captures De Gea on the other end; He looks like a man who can't believe what's happening in front of him. 53 min: Mata crosses from the left. Cucurella eyebrows the ball away from danger. Brighton counter. Welbeck checks bottom left. He's forced to look again, but then Gross lets go of March in the lower right with a cute backheel. March's low cross is clearly chopped by Lindelof. 51 mins: In fact, a three-goal lead wouldn't flatter Brighton and they almost get it when Trossard twists and turns left and reaches the corner of the six-yard box. He can't find a teammate with his cross broken and United clear their lines. 45 min: Ronaldo is booked for a poor sliding tackle at dunk. Photo: James Marsh/REX/Shutterstock 47 mins: Dalot goes into the book for a reckless, frustrated slide on Mac Allister. Brighton starts the second half. United have fallen behind at half-time nine times so far this season: they've lost seven and drawn two. Hoping to buck this trend, they brought in Cavani and Fred instead of Matic and Elanga. “Not exactly a good fit for the counters Rangnick mentions in your introduction to the MBM. Solskjær was limited but I'm still amazed at how Rangnick is an improvement.” A nice moment at half-time. As Iain Pearson mentioned in 17 Minutes, Brighton salvaged their league status at the expense of Hereford 25 years ago. The club were on their feet at the time and had so much on their mind that they didn't get around to nominating a player of the year. That has now been fixed with a fan vote and Stuart Storer was named Player of the Year in 1996-97. 39 minutes: Ronaldo shoots a terrible free kick miles over the bar. The home fans scoff/cheer ironically. Ronaldo shoots over it after a free kick. 32 min: United are still not coming out. Brighton controls the game. They work the ball left to right for Gross, who circles another cross into United's box. The visitors clear away but cannot find anyone in the field. Players battle for the ball in the United penalty area. Photo: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images Half-time entertainment. That game will be followed by a big, potentially season-defining game at Anfield. That goal line flatters United. Brighton walks around them at will. If they don't pull themselves together, they'll lose their fifth straight away game, a sort of sequence they haven't endured since the days of Dave Sexton. 44 mins: Mac Allister, March, Bissouma and Gross draw some nice triangles down the inside right channel, almost opening United. Mac Allister is flagged for offside. 43 min: Sanchez Larrups long. He gets too much on it, the ball hovers over the bar. 42 mins: United make a meal of clearing the free-kick and Brighton want a penalty for an alleged McTominay handball. 41 minutes: A frustrated Matic shoots March in the back unnecessarily and it's a free kick just to the right of United's penalty area. 40 mins: Gross scoops a right pass to release March into space. Fortunately for United, the cut in March is not good. 38 min: Fernandes dribbles down the middle and is awkwardly cut off by Caicedo. A free kick from 25 meters from a central position. 37 min: A bit of sterile possession for United in the middle of the park. 35 mins: McTominay delivers possession and allows Trossard to pull a shot straight from the edge of the box. Brighton are absolutely dominant, although they haven't given De Gea any work since the goal. 34 min: Brighton come back, Gross hisses a dangerous low ball over the goal from the right. And again, Gross March slides down to the right in Acres. The flag incorrectly appears for offside and United breathe a sigh of relief. 31 min: The corner is sent long, Cucurella digs in but his shot is blocked and it doesn't take long for the ball to be carried all the way back to Sanchez in the Brighton goal. 30 min: Brighton are first for absolutely everything at the moment. Gross causes problems on the right, while Cucurella Elanga causes a lot of trouble on the other side. United can't get out, Gross wins a corner on the right. 28 min: A long pass down the left flank falls to Welbeck, right in the United box. The former United striker opens his body and wildly kicks his side feet over the bar. A decent half shot, that, and one that caught McTominay and Lindelof sleeping. 27 mins: Bissouma wins the ball in a 50-50 crunch with Elanga but also catches his man. No foul or warning, which doesn't impress Elanga's team-mate Ronaldo at all. Elanga is good to continue. 25 mins: A nice, long, sweeping move from Brighton from the right-back position to Trossard on the left wing, with March, Caicedo, Gross and Cucurella. Trossard cuts in and sees his shot deflected from the edge of the box to the far right corner, from which nothing comes. It's nice football. So much fun watching Brighton when they get a tailwind. The game calms down a little... March puts a ball with his chest to the edge of the box for Gross, whose shot is blocked by Telles. The ball goes to Caicedo, who threads in a low drive from 25 meters to the bottom left! De Gea, perhaps blind, couldn't get over in time. Caicedo scores from outside the box. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Caicedo celebrates after scoring. Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images 23 min: Trossard slams into Mata as the United midfielder works his way to the right. free kick. Everyone lines up at the edge of the Brighton Box. Fernandes shovels into the box. McTominay wins a header but it's directionless and easily cleared by the hosts. 21 min: Elanga tries to release Ronaldo in the middle but Veltman comes over to intercept. Ronaldo goes down on the edge of the box, but whatever he's looking for, he can't get it. 20 min: Matic is granted an absurd amount of time and space on the inside left channel. He lays it down for Mata, whose shot is deflected over the bar for another United corner. Matic finds the set piece in space, just to the right of D. 18 mins: United try to react immediately. Mata crosses from a low position on the right. Veltman is forced into a corner. A subsequent game of head tennis in the Brighton box leads to nothing. 17 min: Caicedo was also a self-confessed United fan in his youth! "I'm an old school Brighton fan who started at the Goldstone and still remember the Hereford 1 Brighton 1 point that saved us from dropping out of the league," begins Iain Pearson. Come on seagulls: three more wins to go and who knows, my newfound and temporary optimism makes me think about Europe.” 13 min: Gross grinds a free-kick into the United box. Dunk, left of the six-yard box, chest down and cross, but Lindelof heads clear with ease. 11 mins: Dalot hustles Mac Allister off the ball on the right touchline and for a second looks like he might break into space along that cross. Caicedo comes over to help his teammate and stop Dalot. United gets the ball rolling... but only after everyone gets on their knees to hearty applause from every corner of the Amex. Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo kneel. Photo: Ian Walton/Reuters Photo: Ian Walton/Reuters 9 min: Fernandes finds Mata on the edge of the Brighton box. Mata feeds Telles down the left but the resulting cross isn't good. However, this is United's most progressive sequence to date. Otherwise it was a slow start for the visitors. 8 mins: Matic extends an arm and catches Bissouma flush on the grid. Bissouma goes down, but after a quick check he's back on his feet and ready to go. 6 min: Brighton are yet to win at home in calendar year 2022. 4 min: Gross fires the corner long. Dunk goes up at the far post but is unable to meaningfully hit the ball under pressure from Elanga. Nevertheless, a confident start from Brighton. 3 min: March rolls down right and wins the first corner of the afternoon/evening. Brighton plays briefly and wins a second corner. 2 min: Brighton spend the first few minutes building a passing rhythm. Then Veltman splits the United defense with a pass down the middle for Trossard, who fails to control the first time. But the ball breaks right to him, and he puts one up for Welbeck, who innocently raises an eyebrow. Albion wear their blue and white stripes while United wear first choice red. Always an aesthetic treat when both teams can wear their preferred colors, a scene made even more enhanced by Saturday's sunshine in such a clear and blue sky. Ralf Rangnick in conversation with Sky Sports. “In possession, Brentford was one of our best games. We still had a few gaps defensively that we didn't cover at times, but overall it was a convincing performance that we need again today. We're playing against a very flexible and technical team away from home, so we need to be compact and hopefully have our counterattacks. It's important how we perform for the team and for our fans.” Not bringing captain Harry Maguire back into the team? "There was no reason for me to change a team that just won 3-0." Graham Potter speaks to Sky. "Three games to play and we want to try and fight for all the points. We start against Manchester United today so it's going to be an exciting game for everyone, but we want to finish strong. In an ideal world, you'd want to take all your points home, but it shouldn't be, so we have to take them away. 44 points is good for us but we want more so it will be nice to have some good performances at home. We'll do our best." Both sides are catching up after satisfying three-goal wins so there aren't many changes to report. Brighton make one and it is followed through with Pascal Gross replacing the injured Enock Mwepu. Manchester United remain unchanged. Marcus Rashford is ill but Harry Maguire, who has recovered from a back injury, takes a spot on the bench.Manchester United have won seven games against Brighton & Hove Albion.If they do it against the Seagulls for the eighth consecutive game tonight , they are close to securing Europa League football for next season In contrast, Brighton have very little to offer in this game although a top-half finish would be nice They have won three of their last five and are coming off a very impressive 3-0 win at Wolves, while United, meanwhile, are buoyed by a comfortable 3-0 win over Brentford at Old Trafford last Monday agents Kick-off at the Amex is at 5:30 p.m. It's on!

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Are 'humiliated' Man Utd at rock bottom?

Manchester United suffer another humiliation as Brighton tear them apart at the Amex Stadium in an unbelievable 90 minutes of football. (Author: Gardener)

Manchester United"You are not fit to wear the shirt." Brighton, a side who failed to win at home in 2022, raged at the Amex in a staggering 90 minutes of football in which United were humiliated, overplayed, pondered and overworked. The fourth was a night Brighton will never forget, aiming to finish in the top half of the top flight for the first time in their 121-year history. Moises Caicedo and Marc Cucurella both scored their first Premier League goals before Pascal Gross calmly scored a third and Leandro Trossard scored a fourth with 30 minutes remaining. Meanwhile, United didn't even register a shot on target until the 56th minute when they were already 2-0 down. When Trossard's goal was checked for a possible handball by a video assistant referee, United fans showed their anger at their own players. The 'You're not fit for the shirt' chant was not directed at any particular individual but suggested a collective anger and frustration at a side who are now guaranteed United's lowest total points since 1990/91. However, the away fans stayed in large numbers until the end, creating a memorable atmosphere after making their point. But there was no mistaking that the players had let the fans down. Ralf Rangnick, in charge of his penultimate game in a miserable six-month tenure as interim boss after the club sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November, felt ashamed of his team after the final whistle. "It wasn't enough from the first to the last minute, we can only apologize for this performance and a humiliating defeat." "We were never able to prevent them from playing through our lines. We told the players to stay as compact as possible, but we couldn't help it. We gave them too much space and when you do that against a technically good side like Brighton you get punished." This season can't end soon enough for United. That result ended their faint hopes for next season in the Champions League A place in the league is not guaranteed Erik ten Hag, who could win the Dutch Eredivisie for the third time in four years with Ajax on Sunday, is the man tasked with rebuilding the club Cristiano Ronaldo has scored nine of those, will he be ready to stay and perhaps play in the third tier of European football next season, or does he fancy another leap into the Champions League, a trophy he has won five times? United are a side Rangnick almost said so earlier this week when asked what positions they were good at wide place last season, United's progress has not only stalled, it has reversed. If it weren't for Ronaldo's 18 Premier Le goalscoring streak, they wouldn't be in any European competition next year, maybe not even in the top half. Title favorites Manchester City have dropped just 19 points all season, a tally United matched on another shocking day in November when they lost 4-1 at Watford - a result that cost Solskjaer his job. Against a record Amex crowd of 31,637, that loss felt even more humiliating than that loss or the 5-0 home win over Liverpool, the 4-0 second leg loss at Anfield or the 4-1 defeat at Manchester City. The Brighton players tried their hand at party tricks, a nutmeg from Cucurella on Diogo Dalot was cheered as loudly as any goal. Every touch of a blue and white jersey was rewarded with an "Ole" by the crowd - and the winning margin could and probably could have been even bigger. Stand-in United captain Bruno Fernandes admitted his side's fans had every right to chant the 'You're not fit to wear the shirt' chant. "What we did, what I did, wasn't enough to be in a Manchester United shirt and I accept it," said Fernandes. "They outplayed us, they always had a solution, put more pressure on us and deserved the result. They deserved the win and we deserve to be in the position we are in now.” wasn't good enough from us and we still need to do a lot better. "I signed my contract because I think the future can be good, but of course a lot of things need to be fixed, as we've seen this season."

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Cristiano Ronaldo's dismal 4/10 performance sets the tone as Man United exit Champions League

Player ratings: Nobody had a good day for Manchester United as the Premier League giants officially miss out on the Champions League. (Author: Gardener)

Cristiano Ronaldo'sManchester United's miserable season in the Premier League hit a new low on Saturday night as they lost 4-0 to Brighton & Hove Albion. With the defeat, Man United are officially out of contention for a Champions League spot and things couldn't have gone worse. Looking slow from the start, the Red Devils paid for their poor play as Moises Caicedo gave Brighton a 1-0 lead within 15 minutes. The Seagulls played with freedom and panache and in the second half they raged with goals from Marc Cucurella, Pascal Gross and Leandro Trossard to round off an awkward evening for Ralf Rangnick's men. At first glance, one could argue that one of the main positives for the visitors was that the goal-line stayed four goals behind. They defended much more resiliently to avoid another decline and on the occasional occasions in the last third something happened, it was always a nice quick pass in and around the box. United appeared scared of being out there and generally didn't seem to care about intense attacking moves. Ralf Rangnick, 4 - Man United's interim manager is so often seen as a genius on the global football landscape, but this only goes to show how lackluster he has been since taking over from Old Trafford. - Which Premier League teams qualify for Europe? GK David De Gea, 4 – He could have been more attentive on a couple of goals but in the end defenders in front of the Spaniard really let him down. DF Alex Telles, 4 - A few good clearances couldn't hide an evening of clumsy control and a lack of understanding of basic defensive instincts. DF Raphael Varane, 3 – Almost scored Brighton, falling over himself countless times and contributing to most of his side's mistakes. DF Victor Lindelof, 4 - A particularly bad game for Lindelof, who appeared to be falling to the level of those around him, particularly with his reactions to Brighton pushing forward. MF Nemanja Matic, 3 – From lethargic passes to lack of possession, it's no wonder Matic has one foot out front. MF Scott McTominay, 3 - The Scot appeared as uncoordinated as a Premier League player could be, with a distinct lack of quality in all facets of his game. MF Bruno Fernandes, 4 – Only really started to look his best when the game was dead and buried, which speaks volumes about his current form. MF Juan Mata, 5 - Between a nice second-half performance and good urgency, the only thing that let the veteran down was his pace. DF Harry Maguire, N/R - The captain forced a nice save with a header and actually showed some heart at both ends of the field. MF Fred, 3 -- In one of the worst cameos of the season so far, Fred couldn't keep the ball at his feet and was sad with his positional play. FW Edinson Cavani, 5 - While the veteran forced some fine saves, his most notable contribution was a disallowed goal that highlighted United's frustration.

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