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Man Utd: Ten Hag reacts to ‘disappointing’ Brighton defeat

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The Red Devils suffered a home defeat in their first Premier League match under the Dutchman.

Erik ten Hag has urged his Manchester United players to learn from their poor performance against Brighton.

Brighton defeated the Red Devils 2-1 as Ten Hag lost his first competitive game as Man Utd’s manager. 

A first-half brace from Pascal Gross put Brighton ahead, but the Red Devils’ efforts to come back into the game only resulted in an own goal from Alexis Mac Allister. 

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“Of course definitely a setback and real disappointment. I knew from the start it would not be easy. We gave two easy balls away and it was not good in the organisation,” Ten Hag said post-match.

“It is clear to see the second half we were better in midfield with [Christian] Eriksen down and [Cristiano] Ronaldo up. 

“We created and [Marcus] Rashford had two good chances, it is a shame we did not score.

“I am not satisfied, totally not. We lost and it was not necessary, we should do better.

“We made mistakes on the ball and organisation mistakes in defending, we have to take the lessons and learn quickly from it.

“Brighton are a decent team, all the compliments, but I look to my team and we should not give two easy goals away.”

Man Utd will now prepare to lock horns with Brentford in their next league game on August 13.