Date published: Tuesday 28th November 2017 10:27

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho believes side should have been ‘smoking cigars’ after going 3-0 up at Watford.

Ashley Young struck twice against his former club as United won a thrilling contest at Vicarage Road to close to within five points of leaders Manchester City.

Young scored two sublime goals in quick succession, with Anthony Martial adding a third as United seemingly wrapped up three points before the interval.

Watford rallied, however, with Troy Deeney pulling one back from the penalty spot before Abdoulaye Doucoure turned home with six minutes remaining. Jesse Lingard then sealed the points with an fine solo goal.

“The second half should have been five or 6-0, it was easier to score than the first. We missed chances. Out of nothing, they got a penalty for 3-1, then it was a different game. It was an easy match to win comfortably. At 3-2 the game is in the balance then Jesse Lingard had the initiative to kill the game.

“Both him and Ashley Young scored great goals. We missed 4-0 with some actions and Romelu Lukaku had an open goal, Paul Pogba had a free header too. They were full of confidence after, they had nothing to lose could play the way they do and got back into the game. We should be smoking cigars but then were in trouble.”

Mourinho added: “We lost stability when Nemanja Matic had to come out but the important thing is the three points. I saw…

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