Paul Pogba admitted that his and Manchester United's attitude was not right following a 3-2 loss to Brighton on Sunday.
If you ask Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, his Red Devils did not impress in pre-season. The Portuguese boss had quite a few derogatory things to say about some of his players before the new season had even begun and it has caused fractures in the United camp. Nevertheless, it didn't stop the side beating Leicester City 2-1 on the opening day of the Premier League last weekend.
That winning start did not extend to this weekend however. United traveled to Brighton on Sunday afternoon and less than 30 minutes into the match found themselves 2-0 down. Romelu Lukaku pulled one back for Mourinho's men soon after, but a Pascal Gross goal from the spot restored Brighton's two-goal cushion. Paul Pogba scored a late penalty but it was enough and United fell foul to a 3-2 defeat.
Sky Sports caught up with the goal-scoring Frenchman after the game and the United captain was extremely honest about his and his side's performance. "The attitude we had was not like we wanted to beat them, they had more hunger than us," Pogba explained, admitting that United did not deserve to beat Brighton. He also owned up to putting himself first and that his attitude was also not good enough.
Sky Sports also asked Pogba about Mourinho's reaction to the result but he simply said you would need to ask him. After the match, the United boss was asked about some of the individual performances of his players but refused to speak negatively about any of them. Probably a good choice considering the rumors of a rift between him and Pogba, although those rumors have been denied by club officials.
The 2018/19 Premier League season might only be two games old for Manchester United, but the manner in which the side lost to Brighton over the weekend should be a warning sign. If Mourinho, Pogba and co want to challenge Manchester City for the title this season then they can't be dropping points in games like these. Things aren't getting any easier either as next week United face Tottenham Hotspur.