Manchester United suffered their third straight loss on Sunday, falling 3-1 against Watford at Vicarage Road.
After losses to Manchester City in the league last weekend, and Feyenoord in the Europa League openers, United’s poor form continued against Watford. The Hornets took the lead through Etienne Capoue in the 34th minute. United felt hard done, as they thought Miguel Britos committed a foul on Anthony Martial leading up to the goal.
“That’s an obvious situation,” United manager Jose Mourinho said after the game. “I think there is no debate, no controversy. I think that is an obvious situation, like it was obvious last week against Man City but it’s something I don’t control and I cannot even be critical of. In the eyes of everyone, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a Manchester United fan or a Watford fan or whatever, it was obvious.”
United tied things up in the 62nd minute through Marcus Rashford, but Watford regained the lead with seven minute remaining after a deft finish by Camilo Zuniga from inside the penalty area. Zuniga had been on the field for less than a minute when scoring the goal, as he replaced Capoue. Troy Deeney made it 3-1 from the penalty spot in stoppage time.
Mourinho was far from pleased with the performance of the referees, but also said that his side coudl have played a lot better.
“I think in the first half, for about 25 to 30 minutes, we didn’t play well and that is something we can control, we can improve and we can work on it. The referee and linesman’s mistake is not under my control. I can’t do anything to improve it and, in the second half, we were much better. We got the equaliser and, after that, we were the team [pushing for a winner]. [Heurelho] Gomes makes a phenomenal save and the luck is against us, something we cannot control.”