Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was understandbly delighted to see his side hold on late on to win 2-1 against Watford – but was frustrated the Red Devils dropped their intensity in the second half of Saturday evening’s game.
The hosts had won all four of their league outings before encountering United, who ended that 100 per cent start thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling. The reply came from Andre Gray.
When asked about the significance of the win, Mourinho told BBC Sport: “(It was) Very important.
“With this win we keep the same points as Spurs and Arsenal. We have that distance of four and six points to the other top teams, if we don’t win this match obviously that distance goes a little more.
“They are a good team, they know how to create problems to the top teams.
“And I told the players at half-time – sometimes I am sorry we don’t have a camera in the dressing room because I told them what exactly happened – that it could be a match to win four or five nil, or to be in real trouble.
“In the second half we decreased our intensity, then the goal happened, then the game is open. I think this last Romelu Lukaku tackle as a right-back shows everything.
“I think he is the image of the team, a team that played very well in long periods in the first half. But we had the experience also here last season where they don’t give up and when the game is open they believe.”