Shaw’s gaffe irks Mour­inho

Re­sult leaves Manch­ester United sev­enth

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

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.

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