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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

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.

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