Jose Mourinho 'Not Sure' All Manchester United Players Upset by Brighton Loss

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMay 4, 2018

Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho gestures as he watches his players warm up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on May 4, 2018. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. /         (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho gave a fiery press conference after Friday's Premier League loss against Brighton & Hove Albion, laying into some of his own players and accusing them of not being disappointed with the result.

As shared by Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News, he didn't hold back:

Samuel Luckhurst @samuelluckhurst

Mourinho: ' I am disappointed, I'm not sure every one of my players are disappointed.' #mufc

Sky provided more:

B/R Football @brfootball

Jose hits back 🥊 https://t.co/wbVpBqmKQ5

Per Kevin Palmer of the Sunday World, it was clear his dig was meant at Anthony Martial, who started alongside Marcus Rashford while Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard were rested:

Kevin Palmer @RealKevinPalmer

Jose Mourinho: "Now you see why some players don't play all the time. Maybe now you will not ask questions why some are not playing every week." Farewell Anthony Martial #MUFC

Both forwards fell well short of the expectations against Brighton, who won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Pascal Gross. The lack of starts for Rashford and Martial has been a source of criticism all year long.

As shared by Goal's Ronan Murphy, Mourinho has something of a reputation for deflecting the blame, but these comments were scorching even by his standards:

Ronan Murphy @swearimnotpaul

Trademark Jose “It’s always someone else’s fault” Mourinho. https://t.co/C8W0Mkl5Lw

United have little left to play for as far as the Premier League goes, and the focus is on the FA Cup Final against Chelsea later this month. Their apathy was visible on the pitch Friday, and Brighton―who secured a spot in next year's Premier League with the win―took full advantage.

Rashford's night was perfectly summed up when he failed to tee up Martial in the first half for what should have been an easy goal. The Frenchman had enough struggles of his own, however, prompting this tweet from Bleacher Report's Dean Jones:

Dean Jones @DeanJonesBR

I would be surprised if United can find someone to pay £50m for Martial. On his day, brilliant. But those days are becoming pretty rare

Their poor showings should vindicate Mourinho's decision not to play them frequently in key matches, but the Special One didn't escape criticism, either. ESPN FC's Alex Shaw was one of many who weighed in:

Alex Shaw @AlexShawESPN

I mean, yeah, Mourinho has bagged a couple of second rate trophies along the way but does the end justify the means? There's zero progression in the style of play. There doesn't even seem to be one. It's just a muddled mess.

United crashed out of the Champions League in embarrassing fashion, losing at home against a Sevilla side that has struggled in La Liga. They'll also finish a distant second in the Premier League behind rivals Manchester City but can still grab a major trophy in the FA Cup on May 19.


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