Cristiano Ronaldo was seen laughing as Manchester United were humiliated again by Brighton

Manchester United’s miserable season came to an end with an embarrassing defeat at Brighton, which Cristiano Ronaldo was left chuckling at.

The Red Devils were defeated 4-0 at the Amex on Saturday night, falling behind early to Moises Caicedo’s goal and then losing three goals in 11 minutes in the second half. Interim manager Ralf Rangnick named an unchanged starting XI five days after beating Brentford 3-0 in the Premier League.

The two performances, however, could not have been more dissimilar, with United being completely overpowered by the Seagulls, whose fans celebrated a famous triumph. After Pascal Gross scored a wonderful goal to put the hosts up 3-0, Ronaldo could not hide his surprise and was seen chuckling as United celebrated.

It only took three minutes for the situation to deteriorate when Leandro Trossard shoved the ball over the line to put Brighton four goals up. Brighton struck the post and continued to threaten during the final half-hour, and the result could have been significantly worse for the visitors.

United thought they had clawed one back to make things more respectable, but Edinson Cavani was flagged offside after poking in from a set piece. The Red Devils are now sixth in the rankings, with little prospect of qualifying for the Champions League due to the large distance between them and Arsenal in fourth place.

A Europa League berth is also not assured, as West Ham would jump Rangnick’s team into sixth place if they win their two remaining games. This means Ronaldo and his teammates might compete in the Europa Conference League next season.

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