Ed Woodward cannot say he wasnt warned by Jose Mourinho!
The Manchester United manager demanded defensive reinforcements over the summer but the clubs executive vice-chairman failed to deliver the goods.
Mourinho had identified the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Jerome Boateng and Harry Maguire as potential candidates to strengthen a defence which was bailed out on numerous occasions by David De Gea last season.
Woodward, however, refused to sanction any further additions to Mourinhos squad after the signings of Fred and Diego Dalot which were made prior to the World Cup.
Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof started alongside each other on the south coast and both were at fault as Brighton raced into an early two-goal lead with both Glenn Murray and Shane Duffy capitalising on ponderous defending.
Romelu Lukaku halved the deficit but a moment of rashness from Bailly shortly before the break allowed Chris Hughtons side to restore their advantage from the penalty spot.
Theres five centre-backs at the club. Is there a pair among them who you would trust to take you to a title? Thats the question Jose needs to answer, Gary Neville told Sky Sports.
Judging by the response on Twitter, United fans are pretty confident they know the answer to that question and who to hold responsible…
— Pieri (@delpieri) August 19, 2018
Is this totally Mourinho's fault?
Buck stops squarely at Ed Woodward's door. Pathetic. #mufc
— Conor Matchett (@conor_matchett) August 19, 2018
''We don't need Toby Alderweireld or any centre-back'' – Ed Woodward, 2018.
— Stephen Fox (@StephenFox92) August 19, 2018
Don't worry lads, the football expert Ed Woodward said we don't need Alderweireld…
— Unitedsway (@Unitedsway) August 19, 2018
Hope Ed Woodward is enjoying this. Totally obvious if you don't buy the defenders we all knew were desperately needed. #MUFC looking forward to a new director of football
— Nik Harta (@nikharta) August 19, 2018
Ed Woodward – this is on you bruv.
— Shak (@NotShak) August 19, 2018
Just remember Ed Woodward didn't want Toby Alderweireld!
— J.Tmy (@JoshToomey) August 19, 2018
Alderweireld wouldn't improve this team – Ed Woodward, 2018
— The Light Knight (@LightKnightFPL) August 19, 2018
Victor lindelof showing us all exactly why Ed Woodward is horrendous at his job
— Joseph Stephen (@escapethefadeuk) August 19, 2018
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