Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney endured a disappointing afternoon as the Red Devils slumped to their third consecutive defeat.
Rooney, who has failed to shine throughout the opening weeks of the campaign, once again produced a below-par display at Vicarage Road.
The United skipper has come in for a great deal of criticism recently and was widely criticised on social media.
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Indeed, the United support, as you can see here, didn't hold back when analysing Rooney's performance on Twitter.
In truth, fans of the club are hoping that Jose Mourinho drops his captain sooner rather than later.
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Rooney horror show
But is the criticism fair? Well, it's fair to say that Rooney's highlights against the Hornets make pretty grim viewing.
As you can see by the video below, Rooney misplaced a number of his passes and was way off target with his shots on goal.
Watch the video here:
It will now be interesting to see how Mourinho reacts ahead of the club's Football League Cup against Northampton on Wednesday evening.
The United boss certainly wasn't pleased with his side following their defeat to Watford.
“I was completely aware that we were not the perfect team, that we had lots of players who are not end products and can make their own mistakes,” Mourinho said, as per The Guardian. “My only doubt was the way they can cope with the negative moments that come sooner or later. I feel that some individuals probably feel too much pressure and that responsibility.
“But from a collective point of view, I only have good things to say about them. If you analyse our three defeats in the last week, we were always the best team in the second half. We didn’t start well today but then in the second half the players showed quality, intensity, desire, commitment and ambition. And we lost again in our best moment.
“I can split this into three factors: one is the referee’s crucial mistakes – that’s not in my control. Against Man City you know what happened in minute 55 [when Claudio Bravo made the challenge on Wayne Rooney], today you know what happened for the first goal, against Feyenoord you know that the goal was in an offside position, so we were punished by these mistakes and I can’t do anything.
“The third thing is what is in my hands, which is the improvement of the team, the improvement of individuals, trying to stop with the defensive mistakes. I knew that I had a task because, for example, the first Man City goal and this second goal today, you can find an incredible similarity, which is [Aleksandar] Kolarov has the ball in a difficult situation in the corner and my players, instead of going up to press, they decide to give space, and today for the second goal, [Nordin] Amrabat receives the ball and our left-back is 25 metres distance from him instead of being five.
"But even at 25, you have to jump and go and press but, no, we wait.This is tactical but it is also a mental attitude. It’s something that you don’t go there and in a couple of weeks everything becomes perfect. So we have to improve, no doubt, individually and collectively. And that’s my job because lady luck you don’t control and referees mistakes you don’t control.”
What does Mourinho need to do to get his side back on track? Have your say below!
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