If Jose Mourinho was hoping for some FA Cup final selection dilemmas at Brighton he was left sorely disappointed.
Manchester United have now lost away to all three promoted teams this season after a Pascal Gross goal earned Brighton a 1-0 win and guaranteed their survival.
The visitors knew a victory would all but secure second spot, but Mourinho made six changes to his line-up - and it backfired.
Romelu Lukaku was missing for United as expected but Alexis Sanchez also sat out with an injury.
And the players who stepped in, such as Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, simply did not take their opportunity to stake a claim to face Chelsea at Wembley in two weeks.
Mourinho said: "For many months you are always asking me why this player doesn't play, why that player doesn't play, why this player is on the bench, why always Lukaku?
"You should be disappointed more than me because probably I know my players better than you, and probably you don't know them so well to be always with these questions.
"It was a difference in the desire to fight for the targets. They had one target, to get the points and celebrate their Premier League survival.
"We had the target to get the points to finish second, and they showed that for them it is more important than for us to finish second."