Jose Mourinho unhappy with Man United stars after Brighton loss

Jose Mourinho says his Manchester United players must focus on finishing in second place in the Premier League

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: UEFA / Handout

Jose Mourinho has admitted that he was disappointed that his Manchester United players did not show more desire during their 1-0 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Friday night.

Manchester United are currently in second place in the Premier League table as they bid to try and finish as runners-up to Manchester City in Mourinho’s second campaign in charge at the club.

The Red Devils are aiming to finish in second place, which would represent their highest finish since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement back in 2013.

Manchester United have two games left to play in the league this season as they look to try and secure the runners-up spot in the top flight.

And Mourinho has admitted that his players showed a lack of desire to finish second after his side’s disappointing 1-0 loss to Brighton on the south coast on Friday night.

Speaking at his post-match news conference, Mourinho said: “I didn’t succeed in persuading my players that getting the four points we need to finish second is important.

“For me, it is, but for some of my players, it doesn’t look like it’s very important and obviously, for the Brighton boys, a point would probably be enough for them and means a lot to them to give absolutely everything they had to give.

“They got the bonus of their attitude.”

Manchester United are still aiming to end the season with a trophy and they will take on Chelsea FC in the FA Cup final at the end of the month at Wembley.

Mourinho will be then hoping to steer his Manchester United side to a genuine Premier League title challenge in his third season in charge at the club.

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