ZAMBIAN mercurial midfielder Enock ‘Computer’ Mwepu leapt off the bench to help his club Brighton and Hove Albion club sink English glamour side Manchester United at Old Trafford 2-1 on match day 1 of the 2022/23 Premier League season.
Mwepu came on for Brighton in the 76th minute for English midfielder Adam Lallana.
Brighton claimed a famous first-ever win at Old Trafford as Manchester United suffered a nightmare defeat in Erik ten Hag’s first Premier League match in charge.
After Bruno Fernandes missed an opening chance, Pascal Gross made it the worst possible start for Ten Hag as he finished Danny Welbeck’s cross at the back post to give the visitors a deserved lead. And it quickly turned into a disasterous afternoon as Gross doubled Brighton’s lead after a brilliant team move, while there were boos at half time at Old Trafford.
Cristiano Ronaldo was brought on from the bench after being left out of United’s starting line-up and although the hosts were able to pull one back, Brighton held on to celebrate a famous victory that underlined the scale of the task facing Ten Hag.
Brighton registered their first ever away win over Manchester United, having drawn two and lost 12 of their previous 14 visits before today.
Manchester United have now lost their opening Premier League match in two of the last three seasons, having started with a win in five consecutive seasons between 2015-16 and 2019-20 before this.
Erik ten Hag is the first Manchester United manager to lose his first Premier League game in charge since Louis van Gaal in August 2014 against Swansea City.