Mourinho turns on media 'lies' over use of Rashford

Kristopher Nichols
September 16, 2018

Jose Mourinho (pic) takes his Manchester United side to high-flying Watford on Saturday knowing they can not afford another slip-up if they are to stay on the coattails of the Premier League pacesetters.

"So I'm going to do something, not for you, but the United fans, and I think I hold myself to the United fans and so for them I am going to spend two mins with you".

Two goals in a devastating three-minute burst from Manchester United set up a 2-1 win over Watford at Vicarage Road, ending the home side's ideal start to the season.

A relaxed-looking Mourinho singled out Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini for praise.

"I can imagine on Sunday I am going to be criticized for not playing Marcus but is not my fault, he's suspended", said the Portuguese, before embarking on an extended monologue to set out the numbers for those who were "a bit confused". "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".

The United boss said: "We made defensive mistakes against Brighton and Tottenham".

And, while Hornets boss Javi Gracia named an unchanged team for the fifth time, Mourinho opted against playing Luke Shaw - the left-back rested completely after suffering concussion when playing for England.

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"Nowadays we talk about the coaches a lot more, but they have a great squad, many internationals, recently crowned champions of the world", said the Spaniard.

Lukaku insists that behind-the-scenes Mourinho is a different man.

"He can not be a wing-back in the system of five - he can not replace Luke Shaw, Kieran Trippier or Danny Rose at all".

Sanchez next forced a great save out of Foster after a great run down the right flank saw the Chilean lash a shot towards the top of the net, but Foster managed to fling a hand up to tip the ball over. At full time, Mourinho again marched straight towards United's visiting fans to applaud and greet them. Lukaku steered Ashley Young's cross into the net with his chest in the 35th minute. But, before the usual frenzy of Man United matches kicks in, we should first take a deeper look at the previous global break.

Unfortunately for Watford, that goal was not the start of a famous turnaround, and United clung on to a second consecutive victory after Matic received a second caution, De Gea denying Christian Kabasele from the resulting free-kick.

The first half an hour was even as the two sides tested each other out - United probed but the home side looked risky on the break, confidence coursing through the players on the back of four straight wins. "Some of the stepovers and things Ronaldo was doing at that age, he wasn't converting them into the number of goals, so we have got to give him time to develop".

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