Post-match report for our last game: Man Utd - ARCHIVE 22/23, Sunday, 7th August 2022

PREMIER LEAGUE 22/23: Manchester United V Brighton - 7/8/22 P1.


* * * * * FIRST WIN AWAY ON OUR FIRST DAY * * * * *


RESULT: 1-2 ~ Gross 2 . (h-t 0-2)


VENUE: Old Trafford, Manchester - first away match and opening August fixture . Sunday 2:00pm.
BEFORE KICKOFF: drought stricken Brighton fans were up in the historically moist northwest but merely to wet parched whistles prior to afternoon elite entertainment.
We had never won there, so sup thy broth and hope not to sweat.
WEATHER: sunny & warm . . . GATE: 73,711 . . . KIT: blue & white.

GRAHAM POTTER was philosophical concerning notable departures of Bissouma & Cucurella among others but would not overly commit to being the controller of a south-coast taxi rank.
He saw the job more as getting best out of what human resources were currently available.
That included a long list outsourcing wider squad personnel to the Prem, EFL and Europe.
INS: Julio Enciso, Simon Adingra, Deniz Undav, Kaoru Mitoma, Kacper Kozlowski.
IN ON LOAN: Levi Colwill (Chelsea).
STARTING SHAPE: 3-4-2-1

TEAM . . . . . . . . . . 1 Sanchez
. . . . . . . 34 Veltman 5 Dunk 4 Webster
. 7 March 10 Mac Allister 25 Caicedo 11 Trossard
. . 13 Gross . . . 18 Welbeck . . . 14 Lallana

SUBS: 2 Lamptey (75), 8 Mwepu (76), 6 Colwill (91), 21 Undav (94).
BENCH: 23 Steele (gk), 29 van Hecke, 9 Maupay, 19 Sarmiento, 22 Mitoma.
SQUAD: 16 Scherpen (gk), 17 Alzate, 20 Enciso, 26 Clarke . INJURED: 15 Moder.


GOALS: 0-1 - 30 . GROSS converts a delivery close home from Welbeck after good work from Trossard.
0-2 - 39 . GROSS bags a quick brace with another tap in following yet more super football from Seagulls.
1-2 - 68 . at a corner routine there is a melee and Sanchez palms the ball against Mac Allister who concedes. VAR check.


YELLOWS: 53 Trossard.

INCIDENTS: 1 Trossard effort, 7 hosts miss, 14 Welbeck try, 18 Gross pop, 20 Welbeck header, 24 Sanchez takes, 28 Mac A dig, 29 Dunk header, 36 hosts miss, 37 Welbeck attempt, 38 March effort, 45 Sanchez saves,
48 Welbeck header, 50 hosts blocked, 52 hosts miss, 60 Sanchez saves, 63 Webster header, 65 hosts miss, 67 Sanchez saves, 74 Sanchez saves, 76 hosts miss, 83 Mac A effort, 85 Lamptey try, 87 > hosts late forays.

CHANGES: 75 Lamptey for Trossard . 76 Mwepu for Lallana . 91 Colwill for March . 94 Undav for Welbeck.


FIRST HALF: despite less than 40% possession visitors rode an early onslaught and steadily got into the game.
Chances arrived on cue and hosts conceded first. Before the interval they were two down to attacking travellers.
SECOND HALF: the expected reaction from locals with offensive substitution caused a change of away formation to 4132.
The lead was duly halved, so 2 BHA subs came on and the team altered fluid shape once more to a back three.
Further threats and alterations from hosts were absorbed successfully by a strong blue&white defensive performance.

NUMBERS: poss 63%-37%, on target 5-4, off target 12-11, corners 6-2,
fouls 7-12, yellows 4-1, subs 5-4, shape 4231-3421 . . . . . gd1 pt3 po5

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