Jose Mourinho admits Premier League new boys Brighton deserved to get something from their first trip to Manchester United in 24 years.
A second half own goal from defender Lewis Dunk saw United scrape past Brighton, as Mourinho’s men kept their grasp on second spot ahead of tricky away trips to Watford and Arsenal.
However, United were far from convincing, with even Mourinho conceding that Brighton’s performance should have seen them earn a point or three from Old Trafford.
“We played amazingly well in the first-half against Basel and we lost,” said Mourinho.
“The most important thing is the points. You want to play well, play perfect but today we weren’t perfect and didn’t even play very well.
“What Chris [Hughton] and Brighton deserved was more than the result they got. They played really well. They had great defensive organisation with a lot of players in a compact block – that’s good defending.
“When they had the ball they were dangerous on the counter-attack. I thought Brighton were very, very good. Many congratulations to them.”
Mourinho couldn’t be accused of lacking ambition with his set-up after including Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford in his starting XI, before throwing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the fold in the second half.
“Sometimes playing with many attacking players doesn’t mean you play offensive,” added Mourinho.
“That was what happened today. We had lots of attacking players on the pitch but we lost control in midfield. We had some problems.”