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Happy Mourinho in praise of Lukaku

UNITED WE STAND: Goal scorer Lukaku (left) with team mates as United handed Watford their first defeat of the season

MANCHESTER UNITED manager Jose Mourinho was satisfied with his team’s third league win of the season after they beat gutsy Watford 2 -1 at Vicarage Road (Sep 15).

The Red Devils took all the points courtesy of goals by Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling and subsequently handed Watford their first league defeat of the season.

Mourinho said: I am happy with the points. I am very happy with the spirit. I am very happy with something that represented the spirit of the team; Lukaku making a sliding tackle after sprinting 50 metres to help the team.

“But I feel a bit frustrated because we had everything in the first half of the game to kill the game. If we played the second half the way we did in the first half, in this moment it would be a different result at the end.

“In the last ten minutes we went down in intensity. We stopped being aggressive with or without the ball. We gave them a chance to score a goal.”

On Smalling’s goal he added: “We tried it in training. The best thing that can happen to a coach is when you train and you see it happen in the match.

“There have been things we have been working on in training. That happened even in the game against Tottenham but the set pieces are crucial.

“Sometimes you work you work you work and sometimes weeks and weeks and weeks you don’t see the result of that work. So when it happens it was happiness for the coaching staff.
“Smalling was good. The only thing I don’t like about him in this moment is his haircut! But I am nobody to tell him!

United ‘keeper David De Gea made a crucial save right at the death and the United boss said:” Only one save but a fantastic save in the last minute.

“We know what is a goalkeeper from a big team. In some matches you don’t touch the ball. But in the right moment you have to be there. Good for him and good for us.

Competition for places will be key to United’s bid for silverware. The left-back berth is an ideal example of that.
Mourinho was asked what would happen to Ashley Young when Luke Shaw returns: “ Luke Shaw plays on Wednesday. You cannot do it with one left back. Ashley Young is not just a left back. He is also a right back.

“They are both doing well. They both understand that one is a young player and one is an experienced one and it is good for us to have these two options.”

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