Jose Mourinho has been left scratching his head following three successive defeats, overseeing performances which, to be blunt, have not even matched the shabby standards set by previous Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

That 3-1 humbling at Vicarage Road on Sunday was probably the worst of the lot for the Red Devils over the past seven days.

At least against Manchester City, United gathered themselves for a second half response which on another day would have earned them a point, albeit one that was not deserved.

On Wednesday, while pushing for a winning goal, the Red Devils were caught out on the break by a fortuitous effort from Feyenoord and in truth, a dozy linesman’s failure to raise his flag for offside in the build-up proved to be very costly.

But to be outfought by a nondescript Watford team which battled on to the final whistle and scored two late goals to steal all three points is a hint that Mourinho’s crew might not come as close to the Premier League crown as many presumed after the arrival of four new signings during the summer transfer window.

On the subject of Manchester United’s new additions, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s display was acceptable, considering his age and relative unfamiliarity with the Premier League thus far.

Eric Bailly appeared to be a bit raw in his brand new partnership with Chris Smalling on Sunday but the Ivory Coast international has already shown signs of the top-notch defender he is capable of growing into in the near future.

In all fairness, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has barely been handed a considerable run in the side, even though the jury will still be out on him after his numb first-half show in the Manchester derby.

It has to be said that whether it is down to being deployed in the wrong position in midfield or not, Paul Pogba currently looks lost and unsure of how to adapt to the system Mourinho is putting together.

How he finally finds his feet, if indeed he ever does, will determine not only his own future but that of his manager as well.

Matthew HopkinsPost
Jose Mourinho has been left scratching his head following three successive defeats, overseeing performances which, to be blunt, have not even matched the shabby standards set by previous Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal. That 3-1 humbling at Vicarage Road on Sunday was probably the worst of the lot for...