# Man Utd Head Coach Erik ten Hag Calls for Individuals to Step Up After 3-1 Defeat to Brighton

Manchester United’s head coach Erik ten Hag has called on his players to “step up” following his side’s 3-1 Premier League defeat to Brighton at Old Trafford. The loss was the Red Devils’ first of the season and leaves them in sixth place in the table.

## Man Utd Struggle Against Brighton

The match began brightly for Man Utd, with a goal from Marcus Rashford giving them the lead in the first half. However, Brighton responded quickly and equalised shortly after through a Neal Maupay penalty. The Seagulls then took control of the game and two further goals from Leandro Trossard and Aaron Connolly sealed the win for Graham Potter’s side.

## Ten Hag Calls for Improvement

Speaking after the match, ten Hag said: “We have to look at ourselves and see what we can do better. We have to step up as individuals and as a team. We have to be better in possession and create more chances. We have to be more aggressive and take more risks.”

The Dutchman also highlighted the importance of his side’s upcoming fixtures, saying: “We have some important games coming up and we have to be ready for them. We need to learn from this defeat and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

## Man Utd Look to Bounce Back

Man Utd will now look to bounce back from their defeat when they face Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Saturday 17 October. The Red Devils will be hoping to get back to winning ways and move up the table, with ten Hag’s side currently six points behind league leaders Liverpool.

## Watch Highlights of Saturday’s Premier League Action on Match Of The Day

Fans can watch highlights of Saturday’s Premier League action on Match Of The Day on Saturday 16 September at 22:20 BST on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website & app.

The show will feature all of the day’s biggest matches, including Man Utd’s defeat to Brighton, as well as other results such as Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-3 draw with West Ham United and Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

## Conclusion

Man Utd will now look to put their defeat to Brighton behind them and focus on their upcoming fixtures. With ten Hag calling for his players to “step up”, it remains to be seen whether they can respond positively and move up the table. Fans can watch highlights of Saturday’s Premier League action on Match Of The Day on Saturday 16 September at 22:20 BST on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website & app.

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