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Mourinho: Wayne Rooney is 'my man'

Jose Mourinho says Wayne Rooney is 'happy' Credit: PA

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho insists Wayne Rooney remains a big part of his plans and praised the way his side dominated Leicester in their 4-1 win at Old Trafford.

Goals from Chris Smalling, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba's first for the club gave the hosts a 4-0 half-time lead before Demarai Gray scored spectacular consolation for the reigning Premier League champions.

Speaking about Rooney, who was dropped to the bench, Mourinho told Sky Sports: "He's a big player for me, a big player for United, a big player for this country.

"He's my man, I trust him completely. He's as happy as I am at this moment and that's the team.

"It was a very good performance. It's obviously a very good result, it's not easy to win against them and even more difficult to win in such a comfortable way."

Man Utd manager describes himself as the 'Worst One'

Mourinho jokes that Credit: PA

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho joked he is now the 'Worst One' rather than the 'Special One' as football's ''Einsteins'' criticise and scrutinise his side who are looking to avoid a third straight Premier League defeat.

Community Shield glory and three successive league wins, coupled with some big-name acquisitions, naturally raised expectations, making the three straight losses that followed all the more of a shock.

United ended that run with a timely, if at times unconvincing, 3-1 midweek triumph in the EFL Cup at Northampton, after which Mourinho hit out at the critics who he dubbed ''football Einsteins''.

The Portuguese took a similar approach ahead of Leicester's visit, making light of the situation by referring to himself as ''the worst manager in the history of football'' when asked how hard it would be for Saturday's opponents to retain the title.

''Not many teams during the Premier League history they could do that,'' Mourinho, who retained the title in 2006 with Chelsea, said.

''One of the teams was, of course, Man United, another one was some team managed (by) the worst manager in the history of football, but it's really difficult.''


Mourinho bemoans lack of luck as Man Utd lose third match in a row

Jose Mourinho. Credit: PA

Jose Mourinho was unhappy with the performances of the officials and his players as Manchester United suffered a third successive defeat with a 3-1 Premier League loss at Watford.

The Portuguese thought referee Michael Oliver should have disallowed Etienne Capoue's opener following a strong challenge by Miguel Britos on Anthony Martial in the build-up.

Speaking about Capoue's goal, Mourinho told BT Sport: "I think no debate, I think no controversy. I think that is an obvious situation...but it's something that I cannot control and I cannot even be critical.

"I think in the first half for about 25, 30 minutes we didn't play well and that's something we can control, we can improve, we can work on it. The referee's and the linesman's mistake is not under my control. I can't do anything to improve it.

"In the second half we were much better, we get the draw (equalised) and after that we were the team and (Watford goalkeeper Heurelho) Gomes makes a phenomenal save and luck is again something we cannot control. We cannot control the referee, we cannot control the lucky moments.

"Luck will arrive when she thinks it's the right moment to arrive and our individual and collective performance is where we have to improve."

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