Jose Mourinho kept faith with Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof this afternoon for Manchester United‘s trip to Brighton – but it wasn’t long before supporters were absolutely slaughtering the club’s centre-back pairing.
Mourinho was vocally keen to sign a centre-half during the summer transfer window, with the likes of Jerome Boateng, Toby Alderweireld and Yerry Mina all linked with a move to Old Trafford, but in the end the Special One was forced to make do with his existing defenders at the club.
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Jose Mourinho has some work to do at half-time… pic.twitter.com/DbCo44BVr4
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 19, 2018
Last week’s Premier League opener saw Lindelof and Bailly paired together for the first time in the English top-flight, and the 2-1 victory prompted Mourinho to start them again today.
But they were both all over the shop in the first-half, with veteran striker Glenn Murray running riot and terrorising both men.
Lindelof was directly at fault for Brighton’s opener, having lost Murray’s run in the build-up, whilst Bailly inexplicably gave away a naive penalty just before half-time.
Brighton led 3-1 at the break – and it’s fair to say supporters weren’t afraid to show their anger on social media:
Bailly & Lindelof being terrorised by 34 year old glen Murray pic.twitter.com/pnQPb4ZYz9
— The Hound (@SherzCapone) August 19, 2018
Bailly just cost us 3 goals in one half. I remember the Mourinho of old subbing players for such performances. I hope this is one of those times.
— Musem (@m1saaq) August 19, 2018
Crazy how Glenn Murray is challenging Eric Bailly for pace. How's that even possible?
— OlaWale Agbede (@TheWaleAgbede) August 19, 2018
Eric Bailly was definitely on the jäger last night 😂 #BRIMUN
— Mike Smith (@Smiffilar) August 19, 2018
I’m sorry but Eric Bailly is poo
— • (@metimemeti) August 19, 2018
Idk what Bailly and Lindelof smoke last night but boy have they been f**king awful for the 3 goals
— ♥️⚽️ (@XaviiBiggs) August 19, 2018
My 93 year old Nan has more awarensss than Lindelof pic.twitter.com/qqt2MOC3EI
— Dan Field (@DanField80) August 19, 2018
Victor Lindelof is a £35m William Prunier. #MUFC
— Steffan Longdon (@steffanlongdon) August 19, 2018
Glenn Murray runs like he's wearing wellies in the sea and he's getting the better of Lindelof. 120k a week Lindelof is on, 120k.
— DJB (@djb2708) August 19, 2018
Glen Murray has been bullying Lindelof, very depressing to watch.
— AbdulJaleeL (@omg_its_abdul) August 19, 2018
That's poor from Lindelof. Done by Murray's movement. Didn't seem to have any idea where he was.
— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) August 19, 2018
We are absolutely shocking at the back. What is actually going on? Awful from Lindelof.
— Red Devil Bible (@RedDevilBible) August 19, 2018
— Dodgy Defender (@DodgyDefender) August 19, 2018
Bailly is on one of his weird days along with a completely dysfunctional Lindelof. RIP
— Kritz (@WeBelieveInUtd) August 19, 2018
Glenn Murray is getting in behind Bailly and Lindelof – he's one of the slowest players in the PL
— Dipak (@dipaksiyani) August 19, 2018
Wtf is that Utd backline lindelof strolling into midfield
— WittyWiji (@WijiWitty) August 19, 2018
Lindelof is fucking slow.
— DENO (@DenoAswal) August 19, 2018
How bad do you think Bailly and Lindelof were for Brighton’s goals?
And do either have a serious future at Old Trafford?