Souness: Mourinho is in a 'precarious' position at Manchester United

Aubrey Yates
August 20, 2018

Games like this, where a giant visits a relative Premier League minnow, often follow a pattern. Jamie Redknapp was not convinced and some of the statistics were damning for Jose Mourinho's players. "We didn't deserve to win", Pogba said. Shown the door by Roman Abramovich at Stamford Bridge, Conte will be eager to get back into management, and will no doubt want to show his qualities as a manager again, but United fans may feel a little disappointed were he to end up in the north west, as if Mourinho were to leave then they'd be desperate to gain a proven victor, preferably with significant Champions League experience.

"I put myself first, my attitude wasn't right enough, we keep trying and pushing, and it is going to be a big lesson for us".

Brighton began on the front foot, Solly March's cross cleared by Pogba and then Gross attempting to flick on an Anthony Knockaert delivery only for United to get it away.

Whatever was said at half time made no difference as United toiled for long periods.

Juan Mata had been anonymous on the right of United's front three and the ball travelled straight through him in the build-up to Brighton's first goal on 25 minutes, when Davy Propper picked out Gaetan Bong on the left touchline. But the players have to accept some responsibility because they can't hide behind the manager all the time.

Paul Pogba all alone with his thoughts.

Souness: Mourinho is in a 'precarious' position at Manchester United

"I know the feelings of players and it's not so hard to raise your game for this type of game". But they are not putting in a shift. They have got to show desire. They couldn't get a ball in to Lukaku, they couldn't get a ball in to Martial and they couldn't get a ball in to Rashford when he came on.

Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku and Brighton & Hove Albion's Gaetan Bong battle for the ball. Pep Guardiola's side wasn't as sharp as they usually look, which is to be expected this early in the season, but had little trouble with the Gunners, which is scary to think about.

Jose Mourinho's men had a relatively easy fixture on paper for their second match of the season but failed to grab any points.

But it was also the intensity of the performance. However, United seemingly hit the self-destruct button at the AmEx on Sunday afternoon, sliding to a shock 3-2 defeat to Brighton.

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"Today the situation was not even a corner but was similar in the sense we had one last ball and the referee stopped the game when the ball was in the air".

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