Justin Bieber in a Brighton shirt?
How could this week possibly get any worse?'
English artist Sam Tompkins hands Justin Bieber (L) a Brighton shirt.

Manchester United can certainly handle being ridiculed by rival fans and Brighton’s social media staff, but Justin Bieber? That is an all-time low.

The 28-year-old Canadian pop sensation was photographed holding a Brighton jersey only hours after Graham Potter’s Seagulls defeated Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford.

Granted, Bieber was probably unaware of the significance of the shirt, which he was given by Brighton-supporting musician Sam Tompkins after bumping into him backstage at a show in Norway, but that doesn’t make it any less embarrassing for United fans.

It’s not the first time the Love Yourself singer has been spotted wearing an England football shirt.

In 2011, while wearing a Chelsea shirt, he engaged in a kickabout with Frank Lampard and Fernando Torres at Stamford Bridge. In the past, for some reason, he’s also been seen donning an Everton jersey. And last year, after making an appearance at Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball, he received a Southend United jersey. What a privilege.

Pascal Groß’s two goals on Sunday helped Brighton win a huge match in the Premier League opener, giving the Erik ten Hag era the worst possible start.

It became worse when, just after the match, the Brighton Twitter account tweeted: “Just like Brighton, your city is blue”—a chant that could be heard throughout the entire afternoon in the away section at Old Trafford.

But nothing could have prepared United for the unintentional savagery of the world’s pre-teens’ obsession.