Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has blamed his team for not learning from their mistakes against Manchester City and repeating the same against Watford, leading to the concession of their second goal. The Red Devils failed to close the space down Aleksandar Kolarov for the opening goal conceded against City and the same mistake was committed by Luke Shaw, as he failed to close down Nordin Amrabat before Juan Camilo Zuniga's goal.
The Red Devils suffered their second loss in the league and their third consecutive loss in all competitions, which has led them to dropping out of the top four. Mourinho's men conceded the first goal against Watford through Etienne Capoue but reached parity through Marcus Rashford, who scraped home the equaliser in the second half. However, they were undone yet again by some horrendous defending in the final few minutes, ending the game 3-1 in favour of the Hornets.
"The first Man City goal and this second goal against Watford — you can find an incredible similarity, which is Kolarov has the ball in a difficult situation in the corner and my players, instead of going up to press they decide to give space," Mourinho said, as quoted by the Mirror.
"And here for the second goal, Amrabat receives the ball and our left-back is 25 metres from him instead of five metres. But even at 25 metres, you have to jump and go and press, but no, we wait. This is a tactical but also a mental attitude. It's something that doesn't become perfect in a couple of weeks."
The Portuguese manager was yet again incensed by the level of refereeing in his games, slamming Michael Oliver for not giving a foul in the buildup to Watford's first goal, where Anthony Martial was seemingly caught on the ball. Mourinho also went back to the referee's failure to award a penalty to United against Manchester City, when Claudio Bravo's lunge against Wayne Rooney was not deemed a foul by Mark Clattenburg.