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Both men netted in the first period as the Red Devils beat Javi Gracia’s side 2-1 at Vicarage Road.
Mourinho was clearly concerned his players would become complacent with their two goal lead at the interval.
And Smalling and Lukaku have revealed what the Portuguese coach told them in the dressing room before the second half began.
“It’s about getting four five games on the bounce that’s what the manager said before the game and it’s on us to start producing that,” Smalling told BT Sport after the win.
Lukaku said: “I think the manager said at half time that we were playing well but not great.
“So he made us humble at half time and in the second half Watford came in to the game and it was a bit difficult for us but we grinded the result out and that’s what we need to do to catch the teams above us.”
Mourinho heaped a lot of praise on Lukaku at full-time, both for his goal in the first-half and his defensive work towards the end of the tie.
“I am very happy with the points, I’m very happy with the spirit,” he said.
“With something that represents for me the spirit of the team which is Lukaku sliding tackle after 50 metres running back to help the team.
“But I feel a bit frustrated because we had everything in the first-half to kill the game, if we play the second-half the way we did in the last part of the first-half, we would be in this moment a completely different result and without the last 10 minutes.
“But no, in the beginning of the second-half, we let the game go down in intensity, we stopped to be aggressive with and without the ball, we gave them the chance to reborn and to score a goal and give us a difficult match.”