Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo could not hide his laughter when his side went three goals down against Brighton at the Amex Stadium. It was the second in a flurry of second-half goals for the Seagulls, and dreadful defending allowed Pascal Gross to fire home and compound the Red Devils’ misery. Ronaldo somehow saw the funny side on another torrid afternoon for Ralf Rangnick’s men, who only have one more Premier League match to play this season.
United went into Saturday’s clash with faint hopes of a late-season surge after impressing against Brentford last time out. Bruno Fernandes, Raphael Varane and Ronaldo himself were on target at Old Trafford last week, which restored a hint of positivity in an otherwise miserable spell under Rangnick.
But the Red Devils quickly came under fire against Brighton. Moises Caicedo’s goal gave the Seagulls a one-goal lead at the break, before second-half strikes from Marc Cucurella, Gross and Leandro Trossard put Graham Potter’s men in the drivers’ seat.
Ronaldo found the third goal particularly amusing, or perhaps it was simply an ‘if you dont laugh, you’ll cry’ moment as wayward defensive organisation allowed the home side to power towards a memorable result at United’s expense.
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