Mourinho rues ‘big mistakes’ as Manchester United suffer shock defeat to Brighton

Jose Mourinho has said he did not expect the ‘big mistakes’ that his side made in a shock 3-2 defeat to Brighton.

Manchester United were big favourites to beat the Seagulls on the South Coast on Sunday afternoon, but were all over the place at the back, going into the break 3-1 down.

34-year-old Glenn Murray gave Brighton the lead after he got in front of Victor Lindelof before central defender Shane Duffy fired home after a poorly defended corner. Romelu Lukaku got United back in the game, but a poorly timed Eric Bailly challenge gave away a penalty before half-time, from which Mourinho’s side never really recovered in what was a thoroughly disjointed performance.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Jose Mourinho said:

“Too many mistakes. We were punished by the mistakes. Sometimes you make mistakes and are not punished but were punished by every mistake we made. The third goal was too hard.

“An accumulation of mistakes and punishments with goals was giving happiness and confidence to Brighton.

“I was not expecting big mistakes. We are not speaking about small mistakes. We were punished by this. When you lose your confidence then it’s the normal tendency to lose that confidence and game plan.”

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