Jose Mourinho is not having the best of starts at Manchester United after his team suffered their third defeat of the week against Watford. The Hornets got the better of Red Devils tonight in a 3-1 win with Etienne Capoue, Zuniga and Troy Deeney (Pen) getting on the score sheet.
United for their part tried hard to force the game in second half but like their recent matches, fell short of the eventual target. While it was a painful watch for the United fans, Watford continue to impress under their new manager Walter Mazzarri.
Here are the key talking points and things learned from Watford’s first win over Manchester United for more than 3 decades.
Rooney no longer good enough for United?
It felt like I was watching a Sunday League player dawning the United jersey and spraying his passes all over the pitch. Rooney’s first touch is no longer an assured one and he is just one step behind becoming a liability for Manchester United.
Rooney was awful on the night and one needs to ask the inevitable question of when will Mourinho take the hard call of dropping his skipper out of the starting XI. Based on the performance tonight, Rooney certainly does not deserve to play the next game.
Mourinho is yet to know his best XI
Jose Mourinho may have spent over £150million this summer but he is yet to know his best starting XI and certainly the system he wants to play week-in-week-out. His trusted 4-2-3-1 formation is clearly not working and when he looked to tweak it against Feyenoord in Europa League with 4-3-3, it backfired as well.
Rooney and Fellaini starting every game is raising questions when he could go with Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Michael Carrick or even Bastian Schweinsteiger. The Special One is in danger becoming the Ordinary One and he must find a solution to this alarming slide his teams have been in recent months.
Watford will be a handful for any team
All credit to Walter Mazzarri for coming in to the Premier League and stamping his style of play on Watford. Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo upfront are handful for any defense and the way they dominated United’s back-four, was a sight to marvel for the Hornets supporters.
In Etienne Capoue, Watford have found a new talisman while Roberto Pereyra seems to have settled in quite nicely in Premier League so far. Watford are defensively solid and know how to score goals which makes them one of the toughest teams to play against this season.
With all due respect, Fellaini is not the answer
If Manchester United want to keep playing Paul Pogba in the midfield, Jose Mourinho might want to re-consider Pogba’s midfield partner. While Marouane Fellaini has enjoyed a stable start to the season, he isn’t quite the cut for that role.
Someone like Michael Carrick or even Bastian Schweinsteiger, who have all the time over the ball can be a good option to play alongside Pogba. The £89million man loves to dominate the play by roaming box to box and if he can have ample protection behind him, we might see Pogba flourish in coming weeks.
Too early to say Bye Bye Jose?
Surely it is too early for us to even imagine Mourinho getting the sack after a poor start to the season, but we said that about Chelsea last season as well didn’t we? While there are signs for Mourinho to turn things around for United, but seeing his recent record of 16 defeats in last 34 matches, I will not be surprised if it keeps getting worse and worse for both United and Mourinho.