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Mourinho tears into forwards after loss at Brighton

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Brighton's Pascal Gross scored in the second half and the Seagulls held Man United scoreless for a 1-0 win, guaranteeing Brighton another Premier League season.

If Romelu Lukaku’s fine season hasn’t made his Manchester United MVP argument for him, perhaps Friday’s lackluster and Lukaku-free loss to Brighton did the job for him.

[ MORE: Match recap | Brighton reacts ]

Jose Mourinho sure thinks so.

“For 10 months I get asked ‘why always Lukaku? Why always Lukaku, why always Lukaku? Why always this player? That guy doesn’t have a chance to start, the other one is on the bench.’,” he said. “You know why now.”

Mourinho went on to rip his fill-ins, as the front free of Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford, and Anthony Martial got little to nothing done.

“It was not good enough. 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. ... I wouldn’t say disappointed. I know them. I thought that the possibility to start the game and give reason would give them something.”


It’s safe to say Mourinho is planning on opening up the vault this summer -- I still think the Pogba/Martial for Neymar swap is plausible -- and the training ground probably won’t be a brilliant place to be over the final week of the season.

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