Romelu Lukaku was missing for United as expected but Alexis Sanchez also sat out with an injury.
According to the report however, Milan have opened talks regarding a possible move and due to their precarious Financial Fair Play position, the idea of signing the 30-year-old on a free transfer is appealing.
With third bottom Southampton and 17-placed Swansea to meet on Tuesday, Brighton now can't now be relegated. On the red side, we have a manager who wants to win 1-0 and play defensive.
"Jose Mourinho looked tonight like he'd lost faith in some of those players".
Mourinho said: "Today I think was a clear difference in the desire to fight for the targets". The result also meant that they lost this season to all three promoted teams - Brighton, Huddersfield and Newcastle United.
"The attitude from the first minute and especially in the first half, they had more appetite".
I didn't succeed in persuading my players that four points to finish second is important - for me it is, but maybe not for my players. I wouldn't [I'm] say disappointed, because I know them [my players].
In the 57th minute, saved his head sent the ball into the net 1:0.More news: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen their wedding day ride
At the other end Lewis Dunk bravely put his head in the way of a powerfully struck effort from Rashford, but then presented possession to the English worldwide on the edge of his own box moments later.
"We believe they deserve a chance to play - they are fresher than others that played so many matches in the season, to play against a team that is strong at home and intense". Why this player is on the bench?
"You have the answer now when you ask 'why always Lukaku?'". We did not know methods to win, ' the midfielder mentioned.
But Brighton got the goal they deserved in the 56th minute when Izqueirdo skipped past Matteo Darmian and stood a cross up towards the far post.
Brighton began to sense it might be the night to get the win they needed and David de Gea had to be alert to keep out Gross.
Victory would have virtually guaranteed United second place behind champions Manchester City.
United still need four points from remaining games against West Ham and Watford to be certain of finishing second.