Mourinho: Man Utd lost balance with too many attackers

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The Red Devils scraped to a 1-0 win thanks to a big deflection off of Lewis Dunk and the manager admits the visitors deserved more from the game

Jose Mourinho feels Manchester United lost balance in their 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday because of the number of attacking players they had in the team. 

The Seagulls matched United for large periods at Old Trafford as the hosts struggled to create clear-cut openings, barring Mat Ryan's excellent double save from Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba at the end of the first half.

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When the deadlock was broken midway through the second period it was done so with more than a healthy slice of fortune as Ashley Young's shot from 20 yards deflected wickedly off Lewis Dunk, looping up over Ryan and into the top-right corner.

United finished the game with just four of their 15 shots hitting the target despite Juan Mata, Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial all starting in support of Lukaku.

When asked if he regretted selecting so many forwards, Mourinho pointed to last weekend's rout of Newcastle United as justification, but admitted it may have made things difficult this time.

"No I don't regret it because I picked them against Newcastle and we won 4-1," he told BBC Sport. 

"It is the reality of football sometimes, to have too many attacking players on the pitch, sometimes you lose balance and don't create many chances.

"We play amazingly well in the first half against Basel and we lost so the most important thing are the points."

After watching his side pass up a plethora of chances in Wednesday's 1-0 Champions League loss to Basel, Mourinho was happy to see them escape with three points on this occasion, but admitted they had some luck along the way.

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"I want to be honest and give them what they deserve, for me probably they deserve more than the result they got," Mourinho said.

"They played really well, they had a good defensive organisation and then when they had the ball they were dangerous. Honestly I think Brighton was very, very good.

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"They gave us probably the hardest match we've had this season. We had amazing chances a couple of days ago and we couldn't score, today we did it.

"Congratulations to them for their performance, congratulations to my boys. My boys they didn't play well but they gave everything. The boys they don't deserve bad words from me.

"I think we were more spirit and heart than quality. Sometimes to play with too many attacking players doesn't mean you are offensive. We had a lot of attacking players on the pitch but we lose a bit of control in midfield."

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