"The players that replaced others did not perform at a good level and when individuals do that it is hard for the team to play well".
The Belgian forward had been left out and, in his place, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford were ineffective.
"It was not good enough", declared a straight-talking Mourinho. It is for me, but perhaps not for them. "Fair enough we are battling to hang on to second place but we have not managed to win our initial target which was to win the Premier League title and to give a good account of ourselves in the Champions League but we have also not managed to do that". I said during commentary, any player wondering why they aren't playing in the cup final, show them that video, that attitude was bad, it was awful.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho launched a stinging attacking on his players after they slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Brighton. Maybe now you will not ask me why A, B and C do not play so much.
"The attitude from the first minute and especially in the first half, they had more appetite". You saw what final third looked like with Lukaku out injured, due to an ankle problem.
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Simmons is averaging 15.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 4.6 turnovers through the first seven games of the postseason. We didn't execute offensively what we wanted to, every time down the floor. "So that's not going to change".
I wouldn't [I'm] say disappointed, because I know them [my players].
"Probably we are not as good individually as people think we are, and I keep saying, if you manage to finish second, it is great, more than great if you manage to finish second".
"They are fresher than others that played so many matches in the season, to play against a team that is strong at home and intense".
Even if Brighton cannot upset the form book to beat United it would take a freak sequence of results to see them dragged into the relegation pciture, and a team who have troubled United a couple of times already this season at Old Trafford will almost certainly be back for more next term. Garry Neville believes that Manchester United can't lose Jose Mourinho for sure. They'll take on West Ham Thursday night before hosting Watford on Sunday.