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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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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23193154134160
2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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