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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho hits out at fringe players

Jose Mourinho hits out at fringe players
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho hits out at the players he handed game time to in the defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hit out at his players following their 1-0 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League.

Although the Red Devils boss did not aim his attack at specific individuals, he was quick to criticise the fringe squad members who were given a runout against the Seagulls.

Mourinho made six changes for the match, giving the likes of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian game time.

"It was not good enough," he told Sky Sports News. "The players that replaced others did not perform at a good level and when individuals do that it is difficult for the team to play well. Maybe now you will not ask me why A, B and C do not play so much.

"I knew what was going to happen and I told them, but that is what we got.

"The attitude from the first minute and especially in the first half, they had more appetite. I did not succeed in persuading my players that getting four more points is important. it is for me, but perhaps not for them.

"I wouldn't say disappointed. I know them. I thought that the possibility to start the game and give reason would give them something. You have the answer now when you ask 'why always [Romelu] Lukaku?'. We are probably not as good as people think we are individually."

United remain second in the league table following their defeat on the south coast.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City1210203653132
2Liverpool129302351830
3Chelsea128402781928
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1290320101027
5Arsenal1273226151124
6Bournemouth126242116520
7Watford126241714320
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd126242021-120
9Everton125431915419
10Leicester CityLeicester125251716117
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves124441213-116
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124261318-514
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham123361418-412
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle12237915-69
15Burnley122371225-139
16Crystal Palace12228817-98
17Southampton12156821-138
18Cardiff CityCardiff122281125-148
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12147622-167
20Fulham121291131-205

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