Manchester United’s gamers had been subjected to chants of “you’re not match to put on the shirt” from their very own followers as their faint hopes of Champions League qualification had been extinguished by a 4-0 thumping at Brighton.
Targets from Moises Caicedo, Marc Cucurella, Pascal Gross and Leandro Trossard humiliated United and ensured they’ll end with their lowest factors tally of the Premier League period.
Protesting travelling supporters as soon as once more took goal on the membership’s possession, along with their outclassed and outfought group, on a exceptional and chastening night in entrance of document crowd of 31,637 on the Amex Stadium.
Ralf Rangnick’s sixth-placed facet had been second greatest for the period and might now solely accumulate a most whole of 61 factors this time period – three fewer than they managed in 2013-14, which started below David Moyes and completed with the caretaker administration of Ryan Giggs.
United’s efficiency was arguably their worst of a depressing season – which has featured 11 defeats – to focus on the extent of the job dealing with incoming supervisor Erik ten Hag
A shocking victory for rampant Brighton was a primary in 9 video games on house soil, courting again to Boxing Day, to spice up their hopes of a primary Premier League top-half end.
United had been bullied from the outset and it didn’t take lengthy for chants in opposition to the membership’s homeowners to emerge from the travelling help.
Cries of ‘love United, hate Glazers’ and ‘we wish Glazers out’ rang out within the early exchanges amid a blistering begin from Brighton.
Albion then took a deserved Fifteenth-minute result in additional dampen the temper among the many disillusioned away finish.
Ecuador midfielder Caicedo made the breakthrough, firing by way of the legs of Victor Lindelof and into the underside left nook from distance to say his first Seagulls aim after Gross’ preliminary effort was blocked by Alex Telles.
Brighton’s boisterous followers created a carnival ambiance and had been clearly decided to benefit from the penultimate house sport of their membership’s most interesting Premier League season.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s maiden look on the stadium introduced a combination of awe and derision from the bulk in attendance.
The Portuguese star – who repeatedly attracted each digital camera telephones and jeers – barely had a sniff within the opening interval and suffered a whack from Joel Veltman for his troubles. He later fired nicely over from a free-kick, earlier than being booked for a sliding problem on Lewis Dunk.
Spectacular Albion ought to have doubled their lead three minutes earlier than the break.
Raphael Varane made an entire mess of Robert Sanchez’s lengthy kick ahead however former United ahead Danny Welbeck squandered a golden probability by lobbing over with solely David De Gea to beat.
Interim boss Rangnick reacted to a dismal opening 45 minutes by introducing Fred and Edinson Cavani.
Nevertheless, issues swiftly went from dangerous to worse for the guests.
Left-back Cucurella joined Caicedo in claiming his first Albion aim, doubling the hosts’ lead by sweeping into the roof of the web after Trossard pulled the ball again from the left.
German midfielder Gross expertly slipped the ball past De Gea within the 57th minute earlier than Trossard bundled house from shut vary simply three minutes later after Diogo Dalot cleared Welbeck’s preliminary dinked effort off the road.
A short interlude as VAR checked Trossard’s aim for a attainable handball gave United’s followers probability to vocally query the dedication of their facet.
It may have been even worse for the away facet as Alexis Mac Allister hit a put up as he and Gross tried to stroll the ball in.
To their credit score, United’s gamers confirmed elevated battle within the closing levels and threatened to scale back the deficit.
Albion goalkeeper Sanchez saved nicely from Cavani and Bruno Fernandes. The Spaniard additionally stored out United substitute Harry Maguire, with Cavani’s subsequent tap-in dominated out for offside.
Affirmation of the document crowd additional elevated the noise inside the bottom, with United’s supporters exhibiting their sense of humour by chanting ‘you’ve solely come to see Ronaldo’ forward of an extended, despondent journey house.