Jose Mourinho makes amusing jibe about Chris Smalling after Watford win

16 September, 2018, 04:49 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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Manchester United ended Watford's 100% record on Saturday evening, beating the Hornets 2-1 at Vicarage Road.

United, who defeated Watford in the final game of last season, pushed forward after the break but could not stretch the lead to three before Andre Gray got Watford - and the crowd - back into it in the 65th minute.

He scored two in two this worldwide break.

Mourinho hailed the "very important" victory but said his side's performance level dipped in the second half. "I'm very happy with the spirit, I'm very happy with something that represents for me the spirit of the team - which is a Lukaku sliding tackle after 50 metres running back to help the team".

"Marouane is giving us more than that, he is giving that but also quality and simplicity".

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku defended Jose Mourinho's confrontational style of management, saying that the Portuguese deserves respect for not hiding his true feelings like several Premier League bosses. Before Watford could react, the ball was recycled to Ashley Young before he curled a pass to Lukaku and set up Fellaini's global teammate to score.

Former captain Gary Neville says that, as a fan, he would be happy to see the 25-year-old leave if his focus was not on United, but Mourinho says the World Cup victor has not told him that he wants to go.

United were risky on counter-attacks though as Gracia's men left themselves exposed at the back while in an all out attack.

Midway through the half Alexis Sanchez had the ball in the net but it was ruled out for offside, and minutes later the Chilean forced a fine save from Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster following a jinking run.

United began to look a bit complacent and Watford were quick to punish them as Doucoure made a great cutback from the left flank and Gray made no mistake, sweeping home past De Gea.

Wish Jose Mourinho put half the amount of effort into actually coaching Rashford, Pogba, Pereira & Martial as he does in press conferences.

Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho gave a two-and-a-half-minute response when asked about Marcus Rashford's form for England after scoring two goals in two games in the global break.

Nemanja Matic was shown a red card in stoppage time and Watford nearly salvaged a point at the death.

Gracia conceded United were the stronger side in the first half, but believes his side showed the character he wants from them. "If I listen to players from back in the day and now, a manager can not say what he wants to a player because you feel attacked", he added.



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