Jose Mourinho has pointed fingers at his players and referee Michael Oliver for his side’s latest failing at Vicarage Road. The former Chelsea boss expressed disgust at his players’ failure to learn from defeats to bitter rivals Manchester City and Feyenoord in the Europa League. The distraught manager singled out left back Luke Shaw for bashing saying he had left Watford’s Nordin Amrabat with too much space for the second goal. He likened the situation to Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s handling of City’s Kolarov in the derby defeat last week.
“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,” he said.
Mourinho also ripped at referee Oliver for ignoring a foul in the build up to Watford’s goal. He said a foul on Anthony Martial had been waved off leading to the opening goal. He also pointed at decisions that denied United a penalty against City and saw his side concede a goal from an offside position against Feyernoord.
The result leaves United six points behind Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City after just five games and notably, world record signing Paul Pogba remains without a goal or an assist.