Erik ten Hag, the Manchester United manager, faced criticism and boos from the fans when he replaced Rasmus Hojlund with Anthony Martial during their game against Brighton. Hojlund, a Danish forward, had a promising home debut, even though a goal was disallowed just before half-time. Fans were disappointed by Ten Hag’s decision to substitute him for Martial, who was signed for £72 million from Atalanta in the summer.
Former United defender Paul Parker had warned that fans would be unhappy if Hojlund didn’t start the game against Brighton, emphasizing that Martial should not even be on the bench. Peter Schmeichel, another former United player, praised Hojlund, highlighting his potential and qualities that make him a complete footballer and striker.
In the match, Brighton took the lead in the 20th minute, and despite United’s efforts, they couldn’t recover. Hojlund’s disallowed goal and subsequent substitution added to the fans’ frustration. Brighton extended their lead in the 53rd minute, ultimately winning 3-1 against Manchester United.