"We performed better than what we could expect".
Clearly agitated by the opening question from the interviewer suggesting the display at the AMEX Stadium was not what is expected of a United side, he quickly reverted to monosyllabic answers that confirmed he was not keen to continue the interview.
Was it also hard because you weren't able to bring in extra bodies to bolster the squad?
Meanwhile during a pre-match segment for Facebook live, Gary Neville was quick to play down Mourinho's comments, instead seeing them as a positive thing for United that the Portuguese was turning his attention to their cross-city rivals rather than the internal disputes he has been involved in with the likes of Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial in recent weeks.
"I know you can not always play very, very good", added Pogba.
Mourinho then went into his open media conference, as he insisted he did not need to help the media to spin negativity after a woeful result that cast a cloud over the club just two games into the new season.
"Fantastic performance, fantastic team performance which is what obviously pleases me more and a special effort, because it would be so easy for him to say after three days training, "I can't, I am tired".
"Very proud of the performance, particularly the reaction from last week", said Hughton. "We are not speaking about small mistakes", he told Sky.
"I have never been so happy with as I am now".
Confirming the blow, Mourinho said: "Alexis was going to play but he had a little problem, so we had to decide to give an opportunity to another attacking player".
"I don't laugh about it because I don't think it is nice". "I thought both sides of our game were really good. It affects the club because Paul and myself are the club".
Brighton began their 2018 campaign with a loss on the road against Watford, now they face Manchester United in their home opener.
Pogba scored a late, late penalty after Duffy's foul on Fellaini, but the Seagulls saw out the remaining time to beat United at home for the second successive season.
"Other guys will say "we like" and other guys will say "no".
"But I think we are a club that is trying to grow, to try to win titles, like all the big clubs in the world, and we did it for ourselves, for the fans, to see what happened in our locker room. But I agree with him, class you can not buy". "We made incredible mistakes in some crucial moments, mistakes that killed us".