Mourinho Hits Back At Criticism Over Rashford In Ferocious Rant

Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw

Premier League football returns after the worldwide break as Manchester United take on high-flying Watford at Vicarage Road this evening. I feel a bit frustrated because we had everything in the first half.

The home side were flawless in the Premier League with four wins on the trot but goals from Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling gave us a 2-0 lead at half-time.

"With this win we keep the same points as Spurs and Arsenal", he told the BBC.

Mourinho said he had no reason to believe Pogba wanted to leave United, indicating to him that the France global was keen to stay.

That goal came after Rashford scored the opener in England's 2-1 loss to Spain in a UEFA Nations League game on Saturday.

"He is in a good moment", Jose Mourinho said of Marouane Fellaini in his BT Sport interview ahead of Manchester United's win against Watford.

"The most important thing of all is that the kid is a good kid, a good player, knows what Manchester United did for him, starting in the academy, then Mr [Louis] van Gaal's support, then my support and the club's support, new contract, new shirt, being selected for every single match".

"I think the first half, they played much better than us, had more possession and more chances", he said.

Jose Mourinho makes one change to the side that beat Burnley, as Ashley Young comes in for Luke Shaw, who suffered a head injury while on England duty.


Looking back at the tough encounter at Vicarage Road, here are the player ratings from the game.

Troy Deeney was unlucky not to have grabbed the lead for Javi Gracia's charges three minutes later with a superb side-footed shot that was kept out by the Red Devils shot-stopper David de Gea.

Paul Pogba, who had three first-half chances, almost doubled two minutes later, but his attempt was pushed over the crossbar by goalkeeper Ben Foster.

He clearly has the natural talent to become a top player but his dedication to football must improve if Mourinho is to trust him fully as a Manchester United player.

Watford failed to clear a free-kick and when the ball came back in, Lukaku was on hand to bundle the ball in off his midriff to score his seventh goal as many games for club and country this season.

Javi Gracia names an unchanged Watford team to the one that beat Spurs before the worldwide break.

"If you don't mind to lose a couple of minutes with me, I'm going to do something, not for you but for the United fans, because I think I owe myself to the United fans to share two minutes with you".

Christian Kabasele nearly found the equaliser in injury-time but his header was pushed wide by De Gea.

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