MOURINHO REFLECTS ON WIN OVER WATFORD
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho expressed his delight at his side's win over Watford on Saturday.
Strikes by Juan Mata and Anthony Martial in the 32nd and 60th minute respectively helped the Red Devils seal a 2-0 win over Walter Mazzarri's men at Old Trafford.
However, following the win Mourinho told MUTV: "It was beautiful. The period before the first goal was amazing. The crowd were so happy and so enthusiastic because the quality, the chances, the beauty, the football, the movement, the chances, the saves.
"It was absolutely amazing. It would have been a football crime if we didn't score a goal in that period. We scored and it was an important goal for our confidence. It was a little bit of a sense of relief, arriving at half-time winning.
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"We could kill the game with more goals but we didn't so I thought, if we don't kill it one way, by scoring a third goal, I am killing it by bringing on Marouane Fellaini for stability in midfield; to deal with the direct football to Troy Deeney and Stefano Okaka. We did very well and it was very much deserved."
The Portuguese continued: "What pleased me most was the way we started the game. I told the players we don't need to score in the first minute - it's difficult to score in the first minute and is something out of our control. But, to start playing good football in the first minute, is possible. It's our responsibility and we have to do that and did that.
"We started playing well immediately against a team with lots of defenders, a central defender playing left-back, very defensive players who are big, strong and physical. It was difficult but we did that very well, when we were 1-0 in front, we had more space to play and, with the second goal, it put the win totally in our sights."
The win today made it four successive clean sheets for the Reds and Mourinho was happy with that.
"I'm happy - the team is defending well. Sometimes, we have different reasons to change the defenders but we are defending well as a team. Then, if the goalkeeper makes an important save in a certain moment, like David De Gea did with the Mauro Zarate free-kick, it's even more important. But, as a team, we're defending well."