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Jose Mourinho in blast at Manchester United failures

Shaw bears brunt of Jose anger with Rooney role back in doubt after woeful defeat at Watford

By Jim Gracey

Published 19/09/2016

WATFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Juan Camilo Zuniga of Watford celebrates scoring his sides second goal with his team mates during the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester United at Vicarage Road on September 18, 2016 in Watford, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
WATFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Juan Camilo Zuniga of Watford celebrates scoring his sides second goal with his team mates during the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester United at Vicarage Road on September 18, 2016 in Watford, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
WATFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Troy Deeney of Watford (L) and Juan Mata of Manchester United battle for possession during the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester United at Vicarage Road on September 18, 2016 in Watford, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
WATFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United argues with referee Michael Oliver during the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester United at Vicarage Road on September 18, 2016 in Watford, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
WATFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United argues with referee Michael Oliver during the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester United at Vicarage Road on September 18, 2016 in Watford, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
WATFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Antonio Valencia of Manchester United (L) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United (R) battle for possession in the air during the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester United at Vicarage Road on September 18, 2016 in Watford, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Watford's Juan Camilo Zuniga (centre) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Marcus Rashford looks dejected during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (right) looks dejected as his side concede a second goal during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Paul Pogba (centre) and Watford's Jose Holebas (left) battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Paul Pogba (right) and Watford's Roberto Pereyra battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Paul Pogba pushes Watford's Valon Behrami (right) resulting in a yellow card during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Marcus Rashford (centre right) turns in celebration after scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Marcus Rashford (centre) turns in celebration after scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini (centre) and Watford's Etienne Capoue (right) battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (centre) appeals to referee Michael Oliver during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Ashley Young (right) and Watford's Jose Holebas battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Paul Pogba (right) and Watford's Roberto Pereyra battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Paul Pogba (right) and Watford's Roberto Pereyra battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho before the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic warms up before the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Marcus Rashford warms up before the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic warms up before the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (right) on the ball during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Watford's Odion Ighalo (centre) fails to score with an open goal during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Paul Pogba (right) and Watford's Roberto Pereyra 9centre) battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Anthony Martial splashes his face after a clash of heads during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea (right) and Manchester United's Chris Smalling get in each others day presenting Watford's Odion Ighalo (left) with a chance to score during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (centre) and Watford's Sebastian Prodl (right) battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Anthony Martial right) and Watford's Valon Behrami battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Struggling-again Manchester United players suffered a triple whammy as an abysmal 3-1 defeat at Watford was followed by stinging criticisms from boss Jose Mourinho and club legend Paul Scholes.

Angry Mourinho pointedly questioned whether some of his players were properly equipped to handle the pressure of playing for Manchester United while former midfield hero Scholes branded yesterday's display 'sloppy'.

In an afternoon of recriminations that are certain to lead to more changes in personnel and playing style under Mourinho, the Old Trafford boss took the unusual step of singling out left back Luke Shaw in a blast at his players for failing to learn the lessons of last Saturday's Manchester derby defeat.

Shaw was publicly blamed for the way United conceded Juan Camilo Zuniga's crucial strike to put Watford 2-1 up with just seven minutes left.

Mourinho said that United had been the better team in the second half and that the mistake had turned the game.

The Portuguese coach, losing three consecutive games for the first time since starting out at Porto, also cited refereeing decisions and luck being against his side.

It all tended to cloud another off the pace performance from skipper Wayne Rooney. And with Paul Scholes pinpointing midfield deficiencies, rather than defence, as United biggest problem, Rooney's midfield or up front role will again come under the spotlight.

The big issue for Mourinho is how to get the most out of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Rooney at the same time and how much longer Rooney can continue to be shoehorned into a system that clearly isn't working.

Belfast Telegraph

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