Chris Smalling's goal led to celebrations among Mourinho's coaches..

Jose Mourinho reveals why he was sure to huge his coach after Chris Smalling scored v Watford

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Things are certainly looking a lot better for Manchester United after their last two games.

Consecutive losses to Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur made things appear quite desperate after just three games, with the pressure firmly on Jose Mourinho.

But they've bounced back with victories against Burnley and Watford to make things feel more comfortable at Old Trafford.

Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring for United - his fourth goal of the season so far - before Chris Smalling doubled things up before half-time.

The second half wasn't as easy-going as Andre Gray pulled one back for Watford as the Hornets pushed on to keep their undefeated start intact.

In the end, it took a dramatic last-minute save from David de Gea to seal the three points for United but considering Watford had won their first four games, the 2-1 away win was a very respectable result.

The positive atmosphere certainly seemed alive and well on the United bench, too, as Mourinho was seen passionately celebrating Chris Smalling's goal with his coaches.

As it turns out, there's a very good reason that the United boss turned to his coaches to celebrate that goal, as he explains.

"We trained the corner during the week," said Mourinho. "The best thing that can happen to coaches is you train and you see it happen in the match.

"And they are happening even in these last few matches, even in the one against Tottenham, are happening things that are working, the positional, the movement.

"But the set-pieces are very specific things that you work, you work, you work and for weeks and weeks and weeks sometimes you don’t see the results of that work. So when it happens was happiness for coaching staff."

Chris Smalling doubled Manchester United's lead against Watford.

There really can't be too many matchday feelings than something coming together like that - and good on Mourinho for recognising that with his coaches.

It was something backed up by Michael Carrick, too.

"I was a great goal from Chris," said Carrick. "It’s something we’ve been trying to do, really - score more goals from set plays and create more chances and try and come up with things to do that.

"It’s something that you do - you’re always trying to come up with little things [like] set plays."

Next up for United is a trip to Switzerland to face Young Boys in the Champions League - another opportunity to keep the good times coming for Mourinho and co.

Jose Mourinho
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