Monday cover: Triple trouble for Manchester United after Watford loss

Downcast Jose Mourinho, David de Gea and the rest of Manchester United are on the cover for The National's Sport section on Monday, September 19.

Downcast Jose Mourinho, David de Gea and the rest of Manchester United are on the cover for The National’s Sport cover on Monday, September 19.

United fell stunningly flat as they were solidly outperformed by Watford on Sunday at Vicarage Road, in a 3-1 Premier League loss.

It calls into question, writes Richard Jolly, whether Mourinho really does have the answers his predecessors have notably lacked in restoring United to glory:

“Theirs was a disjointed display. They were incoherent. Mourinho, a manager known for clinical decision-making, looked conflicted; confused, even.

“His search for a winning formula seemed to take him further away from one. Accommodating supposed superstars looked an impossible job. The more difficult decision of whether to drop one may beckon.

“Issues from Louis van Gaal’s reign were supposedly banished. They recurred again.”

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Published: September 19, 2016 04:00 AM

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