Jose Mourinho: The first half against Watford was beautiful

by Sam Peoples

Jose Mourinho has labelled Manchester United’s first half performance against Watford as ‘beautiful’ following what was a brilliant attacking display.

Juan Mata gave Man United a deserved lead after we kept Watford camped in their own half with an incessant and relentless period of pressure and it was a goal which brought relief to fans having seen us dominate so many home games against mid-table teams, only to be frustrated by draws at the end of it.

United didn’t make that same mistake against Watford and the excellent first half display is something Mourinho clearly wants to see more of.

“It was beautiful,” he said.

“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.”

We all want to see that sort of first half performance more. Recent games like Wigan Athletic and Hull City saw an awful opening 45 minutes from United where we failed to kick into any sort of gear whereas games like Leicester City or Watford at home saw us play brilliant football right from the first whistle. Seeing more of the latter is a welcome change.

Mourinho was spot on with his description; it was beautiful, the movement was wonderful and the football at times was amazing. We could so easily have been three or four goals up but the big difference to some other frustrating games was the fact Mata scored and we did go in ahead at half-time. From that point on, we were always in control.

United have the capability to do that every game and we need to make a habit of it. If we do, we’ll start to see less of the frustrating draws and more of the convincing wins.

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