Man Utd news: Jose Mourinho makes funny jibe about Chris Smalling after Watford win | Football | Sport
Manchester United continued their good form with a 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road on Saturday – their first match after the international break.
Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling helped United race into a 2-0 lead with two goals inside three first-half minutes, and while Andre Gray pulled one back for the hosts in the 65th minute, United withstood some late pressure to hold on for all three points.
United’s defence has been a bone of contention this season, with Smalling and Victor Lindelof coming under fire for their performances this term.
Moreover, Mourinho was frustrated at his inability to land either one of his principal defensive targets during the summer transfer window – Leicester’s Harry Maguire and Tottenham star Toby Alderweireld.
Smalling was one of the main focal points at Vicarage Road, which was down to his new hairstyle.
And this was something that didn’t go unnoticed by Mourinho, joking he’s not a big fan of the new look.
“The only thing I don’t like in Chris in this moment is the haircut but I am nobody to tell him that,” Mourinho said.
However, Mourinho was quick to lavish praise on the England international for his display.
He added: “He’s playing really well.
“Victor [Lindelof] and Marouane [Fellaini] were important, matches in two against two, because Burnley and Watford, two strikers, and two powerful strikers, can hold the ball, in the air, they are physical, they are clever, these three guys were important for us again.”
Lukaku – who netted the 105th goal of his Premier League career in the victory – was also lauded by Mourinho for his work-rate during the game.
He added: “I think that last Romelu Lukaku tackle as a right-back shows everything.
“I think he is the image of the team, a team that played very well in long periods in the first half.
“But we had the experience also here last season where they don’t give up and when the game is open they believe.”
United’s win puts them in eighth spot in the table, level on points with Arsenal and Tottenham.