Brighton will not be high on Manchester United’s list of places to visit after their second humbling at the Amex Stadium in as many seasons.
Glen Murray and Shane Duffy both benefited from some calamitous defending to put the home side two goals to the good before Romelu Lukaku scored to give United a lifeline.
Pascal Gross converted a penalty shortly before half-time to restore their two-goal advantage. Paul Pogba also made no mistake from the spot in the dying embers of the match to score a consolation goal.
Here, Sportsmail run you through all the things you might have missed from Sunday’s clash at the Amex.
Pogba finds the advertisement hoardings
The win over Leicester seems like a long time ago now. It will for Paul Pogba, too.
The Frenchman was superb in that game. It was a fitting response to being handed the captaincy and many suggested it was that which inspired his performance.
Whether it will inspire a better season to last for Pogba – should he retain the armband – is up for debate after Sunday afternoon.
Pogba was sloppy in possession, his decision making was questionable and his performance was summed up when, instead of picking out a team-mate, he could only find the advertisement hoarding.
That isn’t the first time he’s done it either. Pogba done it last season too against Sevilla. Jose Mourinho said earlier this week the pair’s relationship is the best it has been, after this display, that statement’s credibility will be put to the test.
Shaw hopping for joy
Luke Shaw didn’t know whether to hop or celebrate after Romelu Lukaku scored to halve the deficit. In the end he did both.
The Manchester United defender reacted quickest to send the ball back into the box after Brighton partially cleared a corner.
Shaw took a whack on his foot for his troubles and felt it. But as he hopped around in agony, he saw Lukaku flick his deflected cross into the goal and started celebrating as he continued to hop.
Brighton fans taunt Young for screaming
‘Waaaaa,’ screamed Ashley Young as Solly March stamped down on his ankle.
Marcus Rashford had left him short and Young had to take a sore one, one for the team as they say.
But there was no sympathy from the Brighton fans. ‘Waaaa,’ they shouted, mocking Young as he laid on the floor clutching his foot in pain.
At times the United defender’s reputation precedes him, but replays showed the ‘Waaaa’ was more than justified.
But justified or not, you get a sneaky suspicion that Young would have still got the same treatment even if the Brighton fans had have seen the replay.
Beaten by a Tesco bag?
In terms of the cost of players, the gap between Manchester United and Brighton is enormous.
The divide is so big it can be summed up like this: Brighton are the Tesco bag, United are the whole store.
The Tesco bag beat the store on Sunday. Many were quick to call Brighton the bag on Twitter, but not for the reason above, but more because of their kit design.
And they make a good point. They do look very similar. How convenient for this metaphor.
Lukaku and Martial not on the same page
United were a shambles defensively and they weren’t much better at the other end of the pitch.
Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial, probably considered the most two attacking players in United’s artillery, were simply not on the same wave length for the whole duration they spent together on the pitch.
The pair did not complete a single pass for each other in the 60 minutes they played together on Sunday. Pretty astounding.
With that going on at the top of the pitch and Bailly and Lindelof all over the place at the back, what chance did United ever have?
Lukaku gunning for Cardiff and Wolves now
It won’t serve as much of a consolation, but Romelu Lukaku’s goal against Brighton means he has now scored against 18 of the current 20 Premier League teams.
The striker needs to net against Cardiff and Wolves this season to complete the record.