Twitter reactions as Jose Mourinho defends himself on Marcus Rashford stance

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Luke Shaw received treatment for close to seven minutes after clashing with Spain's Dani Carvajal while challenging for an aerial ball

Romelu Lukaku and Manchester United handed Watford its first blemish of the season, beating the Hornets 2-1 at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

For Manchester United, Jose Mourinho is well aware of his need to garner points in a bid to get his side back on track whilst Watford's Javi Garcia will be looking to continue his side's 100% record and maybe, just maybe, stake a claim for a top four spot leading up to the flurry of games in the December period.

United endured a miserable start to the season, losing two of their first four matches and slipping well off the searing pace set by Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford themselves.

Watford's Andre Gray pulled one back for the hosts in the 65th minute but - despite some late pressure - they were unable to find an equaliser.

The Red Devils prevailed 2-1 at Vicarage Road as first-half goals from Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling were enough for the visitors to end Watford's ideal start to the Premier League campaign.

"I'm very happy with the spirit, with something that represents for me the spirit of the team which is Lukaku's sliding tackle after 50 metres running back to help the team".

The left-back was a doubt for the game after suffering a head injury on worldwide duty with England and medical staff have decided the clash at Vicarage Road on Saturday evening is too early for his return.

"We have spoken at half-time and tried to improve things for the second half and I think we made a step forward".

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And like I said: 'Hey man, thank you for helping us.' He went down there, he did what he did. But we will be there, and it's just a matter of time", Cora said.

"The ones that wake up in the morning and the first thing that comes into their mind is Jose Mourinho and Manchester United, I feel sorry for them".

"So we have got to give Marcus time to develop".

Determined defending from Craig Cathcart and Christian Kabasele, who made last-ditch tackles to deny Sanchez and Anthony Martial respectively, kept Watford in the game right up until the death, and Matic's second booking for wiping out Hughes gave them a little bit more hope in the final minutes.

Mourinho was in a bullish mood when talking about Rashford, however, following criticism the United boss has copped over the England star's playing time at the club.

The relationship between manager and his high-profile midfielder has been one of the many testing issues Mourinho has faced this season and dates back to before Pogba scoring in the World Cup final in July.

"They can hold the ball, they can make runs, they are good in the air, they are physical, clever, so I think these three guys [Smalling, Lindelof and Fellaini] were very important for us today again, and when a central defender can score a goal, even better". That goal infused the team and the fans with renewed belief and United suddenly looked nervy.

Nemanja Matic was sent off in injury time after picking up two yello cards.

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