Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho explains Alexis Sanchez omission

05 May 2018, 01:28 | Kristine Mills

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Pascal Gross scored the goal which sank Manchester United 1-0 to guarantee Premier League football for Brighton next season.

The United manager also indicated he feels he can not trust the fringe members of his squad and said: 'I think there was a clear difference in the desire to fight for the targets.

"I didn't succeed in teaching my players the four points we need for second is important". It was clearly a difference in emotion. And after a season of inconsistency where United have turned up for the big games but been lazy, sloppy and shown little desire in the small games until conceding or until late on, it's deserved.

"I am disappointed because second is important for me".

"I've got a group of players who ended up having great belief and I think it showed today what it means to the team".

Romelu Lukaku was missing for United as expected but Alexis Sanchez also sat out with an injury.

England forward Rashford, 20, and France's Martial, 22, have both played in the majority of United's games this season - but often from the bench.

Jose Mourinho Chris Hughton
GETTY Jose Mourinho and Chris Hughton go head to head at the AMEX Stadium tonight

"For 10 months I get asked 'why always Lukaku?" Maybe now you will not ask me why A, B and C do not play so much.

The German midfielder, Albion's undisputed player of the year, fittingly hit his seventh goal of the season to take the Seagulls to the magic 40-point mark.

Marcos Rojo looked to have cleared it off the line, but match referee Craig Pawson signalled for a goal after getting a confirmation from the goal-line technology available at his disposal. For Chris Hughton's battling Brighton side it was a significant evening as they mathematically secured their top-flight status with two games to spare ahead of daunting trips to champions City and Champions League finalists Liverpool.

Hughton said: "I'm particularly pleased with the performance". 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.

Before the 1-0 reverse, he remarked: "We want to win and we think that this is the best team".

"We've been working with that shape of the back four".

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