United hit Watford with devastating one-two

Rashford is likely to find himself playing second fiddle to Romelu Lukaku at Manchester United

First-half goals from Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling were enough to survive a second half fight-back and Nemanja Matic red card as Manchester United beat Watford 2-1 at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

The 30-year-old signed a new deal at Old Trafford over the summer and came into the side for the win at Burnley ahead the worldwide break, with Mourinho's side having lost to Brighton and Tottenham before visiting Turf Moor.

Mourinho said that he reckons he will be criticised for not playing Rashford this weekend although his striker is suspended, drawing no what he called an "obsession" from pundits who "have a problem with compulsive lies".

Mourinho's research included two small errors: Rashford played the equivalent of 34.1 90-minute matches in 2016-17 for an average of 63.8 full games - and it overlooked how the player has had a longer wait between starts since Alexis Sanchez's arrival from Arsenal in January. With Deeney's bruising, punishing style more than capable of pulverising United's vulnerable centre, Fellaini dropped deep to shield the central defenders to the point where he was nearly indistinguishable from them. Smalling hit the back of the net shortly afterwards with a striker's finish at the end of a training ground corner routine with Fellaini as its centrepiece.

Icardi also finished on top of the scoring charts last season, tied with Ciro Immobile. He is playing simple and well.

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Ashley Young came in against his former club but Mourinho confirmed Shaw will start in the Champions League against Young Boys on Wednesday.

But from the first whistle United looked like the team in form, dominating possession and territory early on even if they seemed to have little threat in the final third as the home side defended compactly and left the Reds depending largely on crosses from wide positions.

Sanchez and second-half substitute Anthony Martial both had opportunities to make the result safe in late counter-attacks as Watford pressed for an equaliser, but fine interventions by Craig Cathcart and Christian Kabasele denied them. Let us know in the comment section below. "He fights for his players, but he's real".

He added on Mourinho's words of advice at half-time: "He said we had to concentrate and that we could not allow them to create the chances because if they score a goal we are in trouble". The only thing that is clear for me is that the player never - never in all these days we are together - he never told me that he wants to leave.

Mourinho also hasn't been shying away from openly criticising his players, but Lukaku believes footballers have become too sensitive and should be able to deal with criticism.

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