Manchester United’s stand-in captain Paul Pogba admitted that the team’s attitude was not right during their 3-2 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday. United conceded three goals in the first half, and even though the Frenchman added his second goal of the campaign with a penalty after the break, it came far too late to drag United back to even terms.
“We lost, we did not deserve to win,” Pogba told Sky Sports “The attitude we had was not like we wanted to beat them, they had more hunger than us.
“I put myself first, my attitude wasn’t right enough, we keep trying and pushing, and it is going to be a big lesson for us.”
“I think we made the mistake we shouldn’t make. mak go 1-0 down, it’s OK, then 2-0, then 2-1 and you have hope we can score again, but we concede a goal. It’s a hit for us. In the first half it was a hit. It was very disappointing, we tried to push.
“You cannot always approach the game the same way as the last one. You always try to play better than the last game, but we know, and I know we can always play very good, but the attitude has to be good and we missed that today.”
United fans will be hoping for a better performance from Pogba and his teammates next Monday night when Tottenham Hotspur visit Old Trafford. Sunday’s loss was hugely dispiriting, and given that Jose Mourinho’s aims must be to close the gap between his side and Manchester City this season, performances like this cannot be offered up frequently. United ran out 1-0 winners when Spurs visited the North West last season, with Anthony Martial scoring a late winner, but this season’s meeting could be far less enjoyable should United be unable to offer up an improved performance.