Manchester United began their season in very disappointing fashion on Sunday.
The Red Devils faced off with Brighton at Old Trafford, looking to pick up a win on Erik ten Hag’s competitive debut.
And as Brighton had never beaten Manchester United at Old Trafford before this past weekend, a win or draw did seem very likely.
However, things did not go at all to plan for the home side. Manchester United started well and had Brighton penned back in their own half.
But as the game wore on, a number of United players began to make mistakes. This eventually led to the Seagulls notching a 2-0 lead before the half-time whistle.
Several players were at fault for both goals, but it is fair to see nobody in United’s defence covered themselves in glory.
Now, Harry Maguire, who started at centre-back alongside Lisandro Martinez, has outlined what went wrong for Manchester United’s defence vs Brighton:
“It’s something we need to address or it’ll keep happening. The first goal felt like a big blow to all 11 of our players,” Maguire told Sky Sports after the game.
“It’s great to have Lisandro Martinez at the club. We have competition for places at centre-back. We’ve not played much together and in that first period we weren’t on the same wavelength.
“Centre-back partnerships are built over time and we will get a lot better and keep clean sheets.
“Everyone knew the task. We had a bad season last season. We’ve got a new manager trying to put his philosophy on the team but when we don’t get it right we look far too open.”