Spirited Brighton beat Man United to ensure Premier League stay

Chris Hughton says his Brighton side have had a 'normal' season in the Premier League for a promoted club

Chris Hughton says his Brighton side have had a 'normal' season in the Premier League for a promoted club

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho said last night, following a pitiful display in a 1-0 loss at Brighton, how the dismal showing answers all the questions he receives about why Romelu Lukaku nearly always gets selected ahead of other candidates in the attack.

A second-half Pascal Gross goal saw Brighton claim a memorable win and priceless three points against United on Friday.

The visitors knew a victory would all but secure second spot, but Mourinho made six changes to his line-up - and it backfired.

"Today I think was a clear difference in the desire to fight for the targets", said Mourinho.

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. But overall, in terms of attitude, they were stronger than us, had more appetite.

"We didn't show that". And emotion is a big part of the game.

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"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".

He handed starts to the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, who critics have argued should have played more this season, but the Red Devils turned in a flat display, leading the manager to question whether they really care about second place. You saw what final third looked like with Lukaku out injured, due to an ankle problem.

In the 56th minute Jose Izquierdo skipped past Matteo Darmian and stood a cross up towards the far post.

They've got no excuse. Garry Neville in an interview with Sky Sports had a lot to say about the loss, "It felt to me like a final straw for some of the players".

Seagulls boss became the first Brighton boss to win the Manager of the Month award in the Premier League earlier this season. We knew we were capable of winning and from there built good results'.

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