Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho led the plaudits for Brighton & Hove Albion after their battling display at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese was mightily impressed with the quality shown by Chris Hughton’s side, and admitted they deserved to leave the north west with a share of the spoils.
“Brighton were very good and many congratulations to them because only a few months ago they were playing in the Championship.
“When they had the ball, they were dangerous. They gave us probably the hardest match we’ve had this season. I think we had more spirit and heart than quality.”
Mourinho named Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial in an attacking line-up against the Seagulls, but dismissed the notion he had too many forward players on the pitch.
“I don’t regret it [naming so many attacking players] because we played those players against Newcastle and won 4-1.
“But sometimes when you have so many attacking players on the pitch it doesn’t mean you are offensive.
“The reality is that we didn’t create many chances and other than in the last minute of the first half, I don’t remember a great save by their keeper.”
Despite not being at their best, the United manager highlighted the significance of gaining three points after a fine first-half performance against Basel counted for nothing in a 1-0 defeat.
“We play amazingly well against Basel in the first half and we lost, so the most important thing is the points.
“Obviously we want the points and to play perfectly, but today we didn’t play well and still got the points.”