Manchester United did not show the right attitude in their surprise Premier League defeat at Brighton, says captain Paul Pogba.
The Seagulls, who beat Jose Mourinho’s side at the Amex Stadium in May to retain their top-flight status, stunned their visitors by scoring three goals in the first half.
Glenn Murray flicked in the opener before Shane Duffy stroked home two minutes later.
Romelu Lukaku halved the deficit 11 minutes before the break, rising unmarked to nod in Luke Shaw’s ball, but Pascal Gross converted a penalty after a foul by Eric Bailly.
Pogba also scored from the spot – deep in second-half stoppage time – but it was not enough to deny Brighton a famous win.
“The attitude that we had was not like we wanted to beat them. They had more anger than us and that showed on the pitch,” Pogba told Sky Sports.
“I put myself first. My attitude wasn’t right enough. We’ll keep trying and keep pushing and obviously it’s a lesson for us.”
Man Utd punished for ‘incredible mistakes’ – Mourinho
Mourinho said he would not blame individuals, despite admitting his side made “incredible mistakes”.
The Portuguese has previously singled out players for criticism if he felt they performed below expectations but said his side were not good enough as a collective against Brighton.
“We were punished by the mistakes we made,” he said. “For me that’s the story of the game.
“We made incredible mistakes in some crucial moments. Mistakes that killed us.”
Mourinho’s fears come to fruition
Mourinho warned in the summer that his side faced “a difficult season” if they did not strengthen before the transfer window closed.
He had highlighted his team’s defence as an area that needed bolstering, but deadline day passed without any new arrivals.
Mourinho’s concerns were laid bare here, with his defence caught out on a number of occasions by Brighton’s quick movement.
Bailly, in particular, struggled. Aside from giving away the penalty he also miscontrolled a pass in the second half that momentarily put March through before the Ivorian was able to recover.
Bailly and centre-back partner Victor Lindelof – both Mourinho signings – have now been a part of a defence that has conceded four goals in the first two games of the season. It took United nine to let in that many last season.