EPL: We should have been smoking cigars, says Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho
Boss Mourinho unimpressed with Utd's show despite 4-2 win over Watford
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said his side ought to have been "smoking cigars" after they made hard work of an eventual 4-2 win away to Watford on Tuesday. But the Portuguese boss said his side had "lost stability" when midfielder Nemanja Matic went off early in the second half with a "muscular" injury. United were 3-0 up before half-time at a freezing Vicarage Road thanks to Ashley Young's double and a goal from Anthony Martial. But after the break the Hornets struck twice through substitute Troy Deeney's penalty and Abdoulaye Doucoure before United's Jesse Lingard finally put the result beyond doubt four minutes from time.
United's Antonio Valencia (left) gets past Marvin Zeegelaar of Watford during their EPL match on Tuesday. Pic/Getty Images
United's victory came after two successive away defeats and left Mourinho's second-placed side five points behind leaders Manchester City. But there was no hiding Mourinho's frustration when he said: "The second half should have been five or 6-0, it was easier to score than the first. It was an easy match to win comfortably. At 3-2 the game is in the balance then Jesse Lingard had the initiative to kill the game. "Both him and Ashley Young scored great goals. We missed 4-0 with some actions and Romelu Lukaku had an open goal, Paul Pogba had a free header too... We should be smoking cigars but then were in trouble."
Mourinho said Matic's exit had helped turned what look like a comfortable win into a tougher battle. "We lost stability when Nemanja Matic had to come out but the important thing is the three points," he explained. "I saw happiness from the team and played with a free mind. Last season I learned what Ashley Young can be, he gives stability in his performances."
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