The drama of the Premier League was on full display Sunday as Brighton stunned a lacklustre Manchester United 3-1 at the Amex Stadium.
Brighton capitalised on a poor start from United to take the lead on 25 minutes, when Glenn Murray flicked home Solly March’s low cross.
They doubled their lead just two minutes later, Shane Duffy taking advantage of the visitors’ inability to clear by stroking home his first Premier League goal.
And though Romelu Lukaku halved the deficit 11 minutes before the break, rising unmarked to nod in Luke Shaw’s ball, the Seagulls restored their two-goal lead through a Pascal Gross penalty-kick after the referee pointed to the spot following Eric Bailly’s rash challenge on the attacker.
Jose Mourinho made quick substitutions after the break but United never really looked like threatening a fightback, despite Paul Pogba’s injury-time penalty after Duffy brought down Marouane Fellaini.
It summed up a day to forget for United fans, especially after their neighbours City swept aside Huddersfield 6-1.
At a packed and rocking Etihad earlier Sunday, the Terriers did manage to hold City at bay for 25 minutes but were undone when goalkeeper Ederson picked out Aguero with a pinpoint pass and the striker drew out Ben Hamer before dinking in a delightful finish.
Gabriel Jesus added a second seven minutes later with a crisp low strike from the edge of the area, before Aguero pounced on a Hamer error to stab in his second.
Jon Gorenc Stankovic gave the something to cheer about before half-time when he poked in from Steve Mounie’s flick-on, but any optimism was snuffed out early in the second half by a superb free-kick from David Silva.
Aguero wrapped up his hat-trick with a smart flick from Benjamin Mendy’s cross – before a Terence Kongolo own goal sealed an emphatic win for Pep Guardiola’s men who looked to have picked up from where they left off last season.