Romelu Lukaku briefly halved the deficit but a clumsy challenge from Eric Bailly allowed Pascal Gross to restore Albion's two-goal lead with a penalty, before Paul Pogba converted an inconsequential stoppage-time spot-kick. "Don't expect me to go in the other direction".
"Alexis was going to play but he had a little problem, so we had to decide to give an opportunity to another attacking player".
To try and get a response from his side, Jose Mourinho made two changes at the break by bringing on Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard in order to try and get United back into the game.
Mourinho refused to openly criticise his players, saying he had been too honest in the past and suggesting the defeat was sufficient ammunition for journalists.More news: Focus shifts to rescues as rain abates in India's flood-hit Kerala
"I think we made the mistake we shouldn't make".
"The week leading up was good and I expected the team collectively to be better".
"So don't ask me to do what you criticised me so much for. They had more hunger than us and the result is the right one for them".
"I'll analyse my players' performances when they are very good".More news: Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooter Is Sentenced To Life In Prison
"I'm disappointed, with my performance and the team performance". It's a club that tried to grow, to try to win titles, like all the big clubs in the world and we did it for ourselves, for our fans and to see what happened inside the locker room. "The experience of last season, where we conceded heavy defeats to the top-six sides will help us".
Brighton beat United 1-0 on the south coast back in May en route to a 15th-place Premier League finish last term, and repeated the feat of toppling Jose Mourinho's men just three months on.
They were hungrier than United, sharper in front of goal, and look far more in tune with their manager's thinking than United's were with Mourinho. "But I agree with him, class you can not buy".
"I will be open when they are doing well". This was not our intention, just to film what happened last season. But from the beginning the players, everybody in the club, said we are doing it.More news: Nobel Prize-winning author VS Naipaul passes away at 85
"Expect from me to be really happy to say after Leicester (a 2-1 win), A, B, C, D, incredible performances, this and that; don't expect me to go in the other direction".