Manchester United are again within the doldrums following Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Brighton at Previous Trafford.
The Crimson Devils are by no means a couple of defeat away from a disaster in any given season, however they’ve now misplaced three out of their first 5 video games in a Premier League marketing campaign for the primary time ever.
On prime of that, they’ve misplaced their final 4 consecutive conferences with the Seagulls. It’s solely the third time that has occurred to Manchester United within the Premier League period.
That statistic is as illustrative of Manchester United’s downfall as a lot as it’s of Brighton’s rise. Once they final received the Champions League, Brighton had been in League One.
The south coast outfit are actually members of an elite membership – however who’re the opposite groups to attain 4 wins in a row over United?
The three Premier League golf equipment to beat Manchester United 4 instances consecutively:
Liverpool (December 2000 – January 2002)
The early noughties gave rise to among the finest Manchester United sides of the Sir Alex Ferguson period. Following their Treble success, they dominated the Premier League and accomplished a three-in-a-row of titles.
And but, they might not get the measure of longtime rivals Liverpool throughout this era. United had completely dominated them for the earlier three years, now it was the Reds’ flip.
The 2 sides drew at Previous Trafford in March 2000, earlier than Liverpool secured their first league victory on the floor in ten years that December because of a Danny Murphy aim.
The next March first-half targets from Steven Gerrard and Robbie Fowler downed United at Anfield. Their woes on Merseyside continued in November when Liverpool dominated them throughout a 3-1 win.
Murphy was as soon as once more the antagonist at Previous Trafford in January 2002, netting a late winner for the guests.
To place the cherry on prime of this depressing run for United, additionally they misplaced out on a trophy to Liverpool, who received on the Millennium Stadium in August 2001 to assert the Charity Protect. It’s the one time in historical past that Liverpool have received 5 consecutive video games in opposition to United.
Man Metropolis (April 2013 – November 2014)
This was arguably the interval during which Manchester Metropolis went from ‘noisy neighbours’ to a proper ache within the neck for Manchester United, earlier than overtaking them altogether.
Their 2-1 win at Previous Trafford in April 2013 set them on their approach to the Premier League title, earlier than they smashed them 4-1 at house that September.
Metropolis accomplished their first league double over United in six years with a dominant 3-0 victory at Previous Trafford the next March. It was additionally the primary time they’d managed successive away wins in opposition to their native rival since 1970.
The set was accomplished the next season when Sergio Aguero scored the one aim in a slim win at Eastlands in November. United broke the hex in April 2015 with a 4-2 house win.
Brighton (August 2022 – September 2023)
Earlier than gaining promotion to the Premier League, Brighton had solely ever crushed Manchester United as soon as of their total historical past, again in 1982. They’ve now made a behavior of it, defeating the Crimson Devils six instances since 2018.
The Seagulls kick began their present run with a thumping 4-0 win at Amex in Could 2022. Though six members of the beginning lineup that day have gone on to hitch ‘large six’ golf equipment, they’ve continued to higher United within the league.
In August of that 12 months a Pascal Gross brace secured their first ever win at Previous Trafford. United did come out the appropriate aspect of a penalty shootout within the FA Cup semi-finals later that season, however Brighton redeemed themselves a fortnight later when Alexis Mac Allister scored from the spot within the 99th minute away from house.
On the weekend they received for the third time in a row at Previous Trafford – and to rub it in for the house aspect, ex-United ahead Danny Welbeck even acquired on the scoresheet.
— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) September 16, 2023
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