Erik ten Hag will be looking to escape the undesirable Manchester United record against Brighton at Old Trafford this afternoon.
The 2022–23 Premier League season for Manchester United will begin on Sunday afternoon at Old Trafford when they take on Brighton.
As Manchester United’s new manager, Erik ten Hag will want to get off to the best possible start when his team hosts Brighton at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
United, who lost to the Seagulls 4-0 in their most recent meeting back in May, will be motivated to start a new era in M16 with a victory. Ten Hag oversaw a transitional summer, and his team showed some promising early-season results.
Even though the Reds lost half of their friendlies, Ten Hag set out to give United a much-needed identity once more, and the majority of their performances were impressive. They performed very well in the victories over Crystal Palace and Liverpool.
Ten Hag’s first significant hurdle as a manager will come with Brighton’s visit, as preseason play is largely irrelevant once competition begins. In addition, the Dutchman wants to avoid setting an unfavorable club record, so he’ll be motivated to start strong.
Ten Hag was present for United’s final game of the previous campaign, a 1-0 defeat to Palace at Selhurst Park.
Wilfried Zaha, a former winger for United, scored the game’s lone goal to further humiliate his former team.
Ten Hag was present for United’s final game of the previous campaign, a 1-0 defeat to Palace at Selhurst Park. Wilfried Zaha, a former winger for United, scored the game’s lone goal to further humiliate his former team.
To avoid breaking an unfavorable record, United must avoid defeating Brighton after losing to Palace back in May. The Reds have never begun a new season with a loss after losing on the last day of the previous one throughout the Premier League era.
The previous time that was done by United is all the way back in 1973. After losing 1-0 to Chelsea on the final day of the 1972–73 season, they fell 3-0 to Arsenal on the first day of the 1973–74 season.
For the benefit of United and Ten Hag, recent managers of the team have had successful first matches. Only Louis van Gaal has lost his first game as manager since Sir Alex Ferguson departed in 2013, thus Ten Hag will be looking to emulate the success of managers like David Moyes, Jose Mourinho, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by getting off to a winning start.
United has also triumphed in 10 of their previous 13 games played on opening day. They began 2021–202 with a victory over Leeds United, 5-1, last year.