Jose Mourinho has taken a swipe at his Manchester United players following their loss to Watford in the Premier League over the weekend.
The 3-1 defeat to the Hornets represented United’s third loss in eight days, a worrying statistic that hasn’t got Mourinho smiling..
Mourinho accused his players of failing to learn the lessons of the Manchester derby defeat and picked out left back Luke Shaw for particular criticism over his role in Camilo Zuniga’s crucial second goal.
“I knew I had a task,” Mourinho was quoted by the Daily Mail, who has not suffered three successive competitive defeats since his days as Porto manager in 2002, “But the first Man City goal and this second goal, you can find incredible similarity.
“Kolarov has the ball in a difficult situation in the corner and my player instead of going up and pressing decides to give him space. Today for the second goal, (Nordin) Amrabat on the right side, our left back is 25 metres distance from him, instead of five metres. But even at 25 metres, then you have to jump and go press. But no, we wait.
“This is a tactical but also a mental attitude. In a couple of weeks, everything like this becomes perfect. That’s my job.”
The United boss also criticized his side’s first half performance against Watford, mentioning some players he thought didn’t perform their roles.
“It was the beginning of the game where they had good chances to score. That was disappointing. We had one with miscommunication between David de Gea and Chris Smalling – two big players, experienced players, no communication, go for some ball and there was a rebound for Ighalo. Then the other one, a cross where Deeney comes in front of Antonio Valencia.”