Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho last night took aim at some of the less-established Red Devils’ players whom he handed starts to for his side’s clash with Brighton & Hove Albion.
United travelled to the Amex Stadium for Friday night’s Premier League showpiece, with the Manchester giants keen to continue their recent streak of form, which had seen Mourinho’s men win 3 games on the bounce and 6 of their last 7.
The Red Devils sat in 2nd-place in the Premier League table ahead of kick-off, 5 points clear of 3rd-placed Liverpool.
Brighton, meanwhile, had lost just one of their last 4 fixtures, but were actually eliminated by Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-finals last month, with the Seagulls having failed to register a victory in any game since the beginning of March.
However, as is so often the case, form went out the window at the Amex last night, as Brighton capitalised on a hugely-underwhelming performance on the part of Man United to emerge with a 1-0 victory courtesy of star man Pascal Groß, in the process securing their Premier League survival.
‘Not good enough’
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was in no mood to mince words following an absolutely dismal performance from his players, after making 6 changes to his starting lineup in a bid to award playing time to some of the more-frustrated individuals in his squad:
‘It was not good enough. The players who replaced others did not perform at a good level and, when individuals do that, it is difficult for the team to play well.’
In addition, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial having simply failed to perform after being handed the rare opportunity to spearhead United’s attack, Mourinho used the dismal showings of the duo as justification for not rotating his starting XI more often:
‘Maybe now you will not ask me why A, B and C do not play so much. People always ask: ‘Why always Lukaku?’ Well, now they know why always Lukaku, and why always this player and why always that player. We are probably not as good as people think we are individually.’
‘I knew what was going to happen, and I told them, but that is what we got. Brighton had one target, to get the point and celebrate their Premier League survival. Our target was to get points to help us finish second and they clearly showed that, for them, it is more important for them to stay in the Premier League than for us to finish second. They showed it from the first minute and we didn’t show that. We were not able to motivate ourselves.’
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