Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, seen here barking out instructions to captain Paul Pogba on Sunday, needs to rediscover his magic. Photo: David Klein/Reuters

CAPE TOWN – Disaster struck Manchester United on Sunday as they crashed to a 3-2 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Red Devils went 2-0 down and then trailed 3-1 as their defence let them down.

Captain Paul Pogba converted a consolation penalty in stoppage time.

But where to from here for United and manager Jose Mourinho?

Here are five remedies for their pain…

1 Pick the best XI worthy of Man United

The starting team against Brighton was hardly Manchester United material – the defence of Young, Lindelof, Bailly and Shaw is not exactly world-class. And neither are Andreas Pereira and Fred in midfield. Chris Smalling, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford were on the bench, and need to start.

2 Play two strikers upfront

Romelu Lukaku needs to be partnered by Marcus Rashford upfront. Playing Juan Mata and Anthony Martial in attacking roles to supposedly support Lukaku didn’t work.

3 Get the best out of Paul Pogba

The French World Cup winner was inspirational in the league opener, driving his team to victory against Leicester despite having only returned to training that week. Where was that Paul Pogba against Brighton?

4 Sort things out with Ed Woodward

The impact of the failure to sign a top-class defender in the transfer window was on display against Brighton. Eric Bailly was the biggest culprit, and Victor Lindelof wasn’t far behind. Vice-chairman Ed Woodward refused to trump up the cash for someone like Harry Maguire, and it’s something Jose Mourinho needs to fix.

5 Bring some Jose Mourinho magic!

Where’s the charismatic Portuguese magician who took Porto, Inter and Chelsea to Champions League glory? All we see nowadays is a grumpy, greying manager with nothing positive to say. And that’s showing in his team’s performances…

Manchester United were stunned by Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday. Video: Matthew van Schalkwyk/African News Agency/ANA

 

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