Mourinho defends why some players have more playing time than others

Mourinho defends why some players have more playing time than others

- Mourinho blasts his attackers for firing blanks against Brighton

- Man United lost their Premier League fixture on Friday by 1-0

- The Red Devils will play Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley

Jose Mourinho has lamented on Manchester United's 1-0 defeat to Brighton blaming his strikers for not delivering the goods.

Mourinho made six changes to the starting lineup that beat Arsenal as Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial both started in attack.

Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez both missed the fixture due to injuries as Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini were in the starting XI.

However the Red Devils failed to impress, with Pascal Gross’ second half strike handing Brighton all three points and secured their stay in the Premier League next season.

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Chris Hughton's side could have scored more if not for United’s player of the year, David de Gea, who kept a respective score line following his brilliant saves.

The Spanish international made a number of good saves in a sloppy first half display from United’s outfield contingent, leaving Mourinho to fume at the final whistle.

"Not good enough,” he said of the performance, when asked by Sky Sports.

"The players that replaced others they didn’t perform at a good level and when individuals don’t perform at a good level, then it’s difficult for the team to perform at a good level.

"Now you understand why some players play more than others.”

Mourinho also defended why he has given limited opportunities to Martial and Rashford in place of first choice striker Lukaku.

“The attitude from the first minute and in the first half - they were stronger than us, [had] more appetite. I didn’t succeed in persuading my players that four points to finish second is important - for me it is, but maybe not for my players.

"The point really meant a lot for them, so i think they got the bonus of their attitude.

"I wouldn’t say [I'm] disappointed, because I know them [my players]. But I thought for some of them, the possibility to start, the possibility to give reasons to all the critics towards my choices - why always Lukaku, why always Lukaku, why always Lukaku, why always this and this - well you have the answer.

"So probably we are not as good individually as people think we are."

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Despite the defeat to Chris Hughton's side United remain in second place with 77 points five above Liverpool who have also played 36 matches.

Mourinho will be taking no chances when his side face Chelsea in the FA Cup final in two weeks time at Wembley.

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