Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is struggling for win.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is struggling for win. Tim Ireland

"Special One” struggling to find his touch at United

FOOTBALL: The aura surrounding "the Special One" seems to be fading after Jose Mourinho lost his third straight game in charge of Manchester United.

Defeats to Manchester City in the English Premier League, Feyenoord in the Europa League and this latest 3-1 loss at Watford, means that Mourinho has lost three games in a row for only the third time in his coaching career, the last being when he was managing Porto in 2002.

Mourinho now has lost 14 times in 31 games while in charge at United and Chelsea, not a record you would associate with him.

Even he appears to be admitting he has it all to do at Old Trafford after Watford's first victory over United in 30 years.

"I was completely aware this is not a perfect team, that lots of players are not end products, and they can make their own mistakes," he said.

"My only doubt was the way they can cope with negative moments, because the negative moments will be always arriving sooner or later.

"I feel some individuals feel too much pressure and responsibility, but by the collective point of view I only have good things to say about them."

Watford took the lead through Etienne Capoue - his fourth goal in six games - to before Marcus Rashford levelled on 62 minutes with United's first shot on target.

Camilo Zuniga came off the bench and scored almost immediately Troy Deeney sealed the win with a penalty in stoppage time at the end of the game.

The defeat dropped United to seventh, while a 1-0 win for Spurs moved them up to third.

Harry Kane scored the only goal at White Hart Lane against Sunderland in a game that Tottenham dominated.

The home team had 31 shots to leave Sunderland second from bottom on one point after five games.

The only downside for Spurs was Kane picking up an ankle injury and being forced from the field late on.

Stoke's poor start to the season has continued with a 4-1 thumping at the hands of Crystal Palace.

The Potters remain rooted to the bottom of the ladder without a win this season.

James Tomkins, Scott Dann, James McArthur and Andros Townsend were all on target as Stoke lost for the fourth time this season.

Southampton got its first victory of the campaign with a 1-0 home success over Swansea City.

Substitute Charlie Austin scored the only goal in the second half as the home side squandered a number of chances.

Gylfi Sigurdsson almost snatched an undeserved point inside the final five minutes but his low shot was clawed away by Fraser Forster in the Southampton goal.



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