Shaw’s gaffe irks Mourinho
Result leaves Manchester United seventh
LONDON/ Jose Mourinho ripped into his Manchester United flops on Sunday as they slumped to their third defeat in just eight days.
The United manager accused his players of failing to learn the lessons of the Manchester derby defeat and singled out left back Luke Shaw for particular criticism over his role in Camilo Zuniga’s crucial second goal.
“I knew I had a task,” said Mourinho, who has not suffered three successive competitive defeats since his days as Porto manager in 2002.
“But the first Man City goal and this second goal, you can find incredible similarity. Kolarov has the ball in a difficult situation in the corner and my player instead of going up and pressing decides to give him space. Today for the second goal, (Nordin) Amrabat on the right side, our left back is 25 metres distance from him, instead of five metres.
“But even at 25 metres, then you have to jump and go press. But no, we wait. This is a tactical but also a mental attitude. In a couple of weeks, everything like this becomes perfect. That’s my job.”
Mourinho was also critical of his side’s first half performance, admitting he expected a better response after back to back defeats by Manchester City and Feyenoord in the Europa League last Thursday.
“It was the beginning of the game where they had good chances to score. That was disappointing. We had one with miscommunication between David de Gea and Chris Smalling - two big players, experienced players, no communication, go for same ball and there was a rebound for Ighalo. Then the other one, a cross where Deeney comes in front of Antonio Valencia.”
The United manager also criticised referee Michael Oliver, claiming the official missed a foul on Anthony Martial in the lead-up to the opening Watford goal by Etienne Capoue.
Mourinho added: “The referee’s and the linesman’s mistake is not under my control. I can’t do anything to improve it. In the second half we were much better, we get the draw (equalised) and after that we were the team and (Watford goalkeeper Heurelho) Gomes makes a phenomenal save and luck is again something we cannot control. We cannot control the referee, we cannot control the lucky moments.”
Mourinho also highlighted refereeing decisions that denied United a penalty against City and saw his side concede a goal from an offside position against Feyernoord.
Watford’s Daryl Janmaat in action against Man United’s Luke Shaw during their Premier League at Vicarage Road on September 18.