Jose Mourinho criticises players and referee for Watford defeat

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We are little over a month into the new season and doubts about Jose Mourinho are already beginning to creep in at Manchester United.

Troy Deeney's late penalty sealed a 3-1 victory for Watford on Sunday and condemned Mourinho's men to a third consecutive defeat.

The Portuguese's honeymoon period at Old Trafford is well and truly over and the hard work must start now for the Red Devils to get back on track.

After the game, the immediate spotlight was directed towards the manager, who was understandably unhappy with another frustrating performance yielded in defeat.

Mourinho suggested he was disappointed with the referee's decision not to award a foul for a tackle on Anthony Martial in the build up to Watford's first goal but admitted his team had not been good enough in the opening half.

“Not really (happy with tempo). In the first half for about 25, 30 minutes we didn’t play well and that’s something that we can control. We can work and improve on it, the referee and linesman mistake is not under my control. I can't do anything to improve it," Mourinho told BT Sport.

"In the second half we were much better, we get the draw (level), Gomes makes a phenomenal save and the lucky moment is something we cannot control."

As well as three losses, it has been three very disappointing performances and a lack of team cohesion combined with individual mistakes has proven to be a potent recipe that every opposition has been able to capitalise on in the last week.

Mourinho's criticism didn't stop there, though, and he added: "That second goal is an individual mistake because we know we have to press the wing-backs outside the box and not let them take the advantage of being one against one inside the box.

“Our individual and collective performances is where we have to improve.”

Their bad run of form means Wednesday night's League Cup tie against Northampton is now much more important than it may have initially looked on paper.

The United boss is likely to rotate his team again and, providing the incoming players impress, it will be a real test of Mourinho's management to see if he will be prepared to drop the current failing first team stars when they take on Leicester in the Premier League three days later.

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