Again, Mourinho blames referees in Man United’s disastrous Watford defeat

By Editor on 18/09/2016

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Officials took the blame once again, on Sunday, in yet another disastrous outing by Manchester United, with its Manager, Jose Mourinho, saying they could have done better, just as he did last week, when the team was spanked 3-2 by its Manchester City neighbour.

“I'm always concerned when we don't get the results we want. [The first goal was it a foul?] It was an obvious situation like [with] Man City last week but it is something I cannot control. The linesman, referee mistake is something I cannot control. In the second-half we were better, we were the team. Gomes made a great save and the luck is something we cannot control we can only control our mistakes. the second goal was an individual mistake. We know we have to press and not allow them one in the box. We know the midfielders arrive like the first goal from behind so there is another individual mistake. I cannot control, I cannot improve the referee and linesman and I cannot be critic. Luck - she will arrive,” the ex-Chelsea Manager, told reporters after the match.  

Sunday’s was the third successive defeat, driving them to a six-point deficit of City, currently the league leaders, having been handed an away Europa League defeat to Dutch side Feyenoord.

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According to a report by The Telegraph, the club’s woes began with a decisive goal from substitute Camilo Zuniga who slammed home with a powerful first-time shot in what was his first touch – and 53 seconds - after coming on to record Watford’s first win over United in 30 years. Captain Troy Deeney added an injury-time penalty to cap it off.

It had seemed that 18-year-old Marcus Rashford would once again be United’s saviour as they rallied but Watford hit back.

There was controversy around Watford’s first-half goal with United claiming Anthony Martial was fouled in the build-up before Etienne Capoue scored. But it appeared Martial should not have been on the pitch anyway as he looked concussed from an earlier clash of heads involving Daryl Janmaat. He could not carry on after the goal and was led off holding his head, appearing groggy.

Watford made a blistering start; United were dishevelled and could have conceded three times in the opening 20 minutes. For the first a free-kick drifted over Paul Pogba and was met by Sebastian Prodl who headed back across goal and narrowly wide with Troy Deeney only just failing to get a touch.

Then Prodl was involved again with a routine long ball by the central defender spilled by David De Gea, who clattered into his Chris Smalling, recalled in place of Daley Blind to presumably give United more defensive power. It dropped to Odion Ighalo who, with the goal open, snatched at it first time, driving his shot wide. It was the miss of the season with Ighalo holding his head for a full 30 seconds in disbelief.

It continued although, this time, De Gea redeemed himself as he reached out a hand to push away a powerful, clever header by Deeney whose angled run to meet Janmaat’s cross had deceived Antonio Valencia.

And to think United had made a reasonably assured start. Would Watford pay for their profligacy? It seemed so when a smart pass by Rooney – one of the few things that worked for him - picked out Rashford who darted forward before cutting the ball back across the penalty area for the onrushing Zlatan Ibrahimovic who could only slam his shot into the side-netting.

Then Pogba, with a fine moment of quality, shifted his feet quickly 25 yards out and arced a right-footed shot that beat Heurelho Gomes and whacked back off the cross-bar.

But it was Watford who deservedly made the breakthrough with Martial hustled off the ball by Miguel Britos allowing Janmaat to then run on to calmly pull the ball back to Capoue whose first-time shot flew into the net. It was the midfielder’s fourth goal in five games.

United were struggling. Prodl brilliantly denied Ibrahimovic with a last-ditch tackle.

The second-half drifted until Ibrahimovic played a one-two with Rashford and tried to pick out the teenager with his cross. The ball flew over Rashford’s head, rebounded off Valon Behrami and back into his path for him to side-foot home from close-range. It was United’s first shot on target and they pushed on, applying the pressure with Gomes wonderfully throwing himself to his right to turn away a Ibrahimovic header.

By now there was wave after wave of United attack but it was Watford who struck with substitute Nordin Amrabat sliding the ball through to the impressive Roberto Pereyra. He picked out Zuniga and the home side restored their lead.

It was Watford who continued to threaten with another substitute Isaac Success upended by Ashley Young inside the penalty area in injury-time with Deeney driving the spot-kick high beyond De Gea to confirm the result.




Source The Telegraph

Posted on September, 18 2016

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