Manchester United last XI that lost opening Premier League game and where they are now
Manchester United got off to the worst possible start under Erik ten Hag on Sunday afternoon as Brighton took the spoils at Old Trafford.
A quick-fire double from Pascal Gross in the first half pushed the game out of reach of the Red Devils. Ten Hag’s side were handed a lifeline through an own goal from Gary Mac Allister, but couldn’t capitalise.
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Sunday’s result was the first time since the 2014/15 season United have lost on the opening day. And Daily Star Sport is looking at where the starting XI from that day are now – with some still at Old Trafford.
United welcomed Swansea to Old Trafford for Louis van Gaal’s first game in charge of the Red Devils.
Like Ten Hag, Van Gaal’s side struggled in their opening game as the Dutchman looked to implement his three-back system for the first time. When Gylfi Sigurdsson fired the Swans ahead for the second time, it condemned United to their first opening day defeat at home since 1972.
It was a bit of history for Swansea too, who registered their first league win over United.
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Like on Sunday, Van Gaal opted for David De Gea between the sticks, there have been times over the years it looked like the Spaniard might leave, but almost a decade on he remains.
Van Gaal opted for a back three of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, and Tyler Blackett. Smalling is now working under former United boss Jose Mourinho in Italy for Roma.
While remains at United, although he spent almost two years without a first-team minute at Old Trafford. Blackett was once highly rated in England, he now plays stateside for FC Cincinnati.
Van Gaal opted for five in his midfield with Ashley Young and Jesse Lingard on the wings and Darren Fletcher, Andre Herrera, and Juan Mata in the middle.
Young left for Italy in 2020, but he’s now back in England with Aston Villa, while Lingard finally left Old Trafford this summer to earn a pretty penny at Nottingham Forest.
Herrera joined PSG in 2019, while Fletcher and Mata are both still at United. Fletcher serves as United’s technical director, while Mata is plugging away in the reserves.
Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez were given the nod up top as a tried and tested partnership.
Rooney – who wore the armband that day – found the net to fire United level before Sigurdsson bagged a second, and he is now in charge of US outfit D.C. United.
Hernandez, on the other hand, is also in the US, and he still plays professionally for LA Galaxy.
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