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English Championship: Cristiano Ronaldo starts the new season on the bench

English Championship: Cristiano Ronaldo starts the new season on the bench

With Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench at the start, Manchester United suffered a logical defeat against Brighton (2-1) on Sunday in new coach Eric ten Hag’s first game, on the first day of the English championship.

In his first official match on the bench at Manconian, the Dutchman was unable to find solutions against his counterpart Graham Potter, who made a perfect tactical move and returned the Red Devils to their doubts after a failed season.

Manchester started the match fairly well with intensity and movement, creating two chances through Bruno Fernandes (seventh) and veteran Christian Eriksen (24).

But the gulls were able to take advantage of Manchester’s weaknesses, in particular the enthusiasm of goalkeeper David de Gea, slow to react whenever called upon.

At first he poorly expected a cross from Danny Welbeck for Pascal Gross into the far post (30th place). In the second, he firmly blocked a shot from Solly March, which Gross again exploited (39th place). Brighton was not more dangerous than scoring these two goals, but he shot much more (12 vs 5).

Manchester had to wait until the 60th minute to prove their danger again, on a pass from Cristiano Ronaldo, which entered play minutes earlier, for Marcus Rashford who stumbled on Albert Sanchez.

Seven minutes later, the Spanish goalkeeper gave the Red Devils hope when he missed a corner kick. The ball rebounded on his head and then on the back of Diego Dalot before slowly heading towards the goal (67).

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In the minutes that followed, the Manconianians demonstrated the same attacking limits that Old Trafford have been accustomed to since Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival last summer.

Aside from the 37-year-old striker, who is keen to leave, the lack of a great striker is more than ever.

Haaland opens his meter to the city

Erling Haaland made his successful debut in the Premier League with two goals that saw Manchester City win 2-0 at West Ham.

Defending champions City, the author of a rather lackluster performance (two shots on goal, two goals) at the London Stadium, can thank their already recruited star. “He was good. I can’t teach him to score goals and he just needs a rest,” replied his coach Pep Guardiola.

The 22-year-old Norwegian striker, whose every move was the center of attention for the London defenders, scored his first two Premier League goals in just over an hour. Two goals in central attack, as the City strikers have scored very little since the end of Sergio Aguero’s reign.

Haaland made the difference first by scoring a penalty kick himself (36th). Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, who entered six minutes ago due to Fabianski’s injury, threw the striker’s balance and failed to intercept the ball.

Then Haaland scored the second goal on a counter-attack and a deep pass from Kevin De Bruyne (65, 2-0). Something that makes his father, former Manchester City player Alfie Haaland, present in the stands, smiling.

In the other match, Brentford lost (2-2) to Leicester after they advanced with two goals.