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Published: 14:46 | 18/9/16

Mourinho points finger


Jose Mourinho has pointed the finger at the match officials after watching his Manchester United side lose 2-1 to Watford at Vicarage Road.

The Hornets opened the scoring through man-of-the-moment Etienne Capoue but Anthony Martial appeared to be fouled in the build-up to the goal.

The visitors levelled through Marcus Rashford but Walter Materazzi's side deservedly got the three points courtesy of a late goals from Juan Zuniga and Troy Deeney, the latter's coming from the penalty spot.

The defeat was the Old Trafford club's third in-a-row, coming after their derby day lesson at the hands of Manchester City last weekend and the insipid display they produced away to Feyenoord on Thursday.

The ongoing debate around Wayne Rooney's weak case for his continued inclusion in the side and the disruption it is causing the team in the attempt to shoehorn the veteran into the starting line-up, has yet to be properly addressed by Mourinho with world record signing Paul Pogba unsure of his precise role.

The result is a team which is yet to be moulded into a structured unit but the Portuguese preferred to focus on the match officials afterwards.

"I'm always concerned when we don't get the results we want," Mourinho said. "[The first goal was it a foul?] It was an obvious situation like [with] Man City last week but it is something I cannot control.

"The linesman, referee mistake is something I cannot control. In the second-half we were better, we were the team. Gomes made a great save and the luck is something we cannot control we can only control our mistakes. the second goal was an individual mistake.

"We know we have to press and not allow them one in the box. We know the midfielders arrive like the first goal from behind so there is another individual mistake. I cannot control, I cannot improve the referee and linesman and I cannot be critic.

"Luck - she will arrive."

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