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Mata, Martial score against Watford to get United fifth position

Mata, Martial score against Watford to get United fifth position

The result meant United became the first team to amass 2,000 all-time Premier League points, and more importantly stayed in the hunt for Champions League qualification.

Despite victory and a 16-game unbeaten league run stretching back to losing 3-1 to Watford at Vicarage Road in September, United were unable to climb into the Premier League's top four, with Arsenal beating Hull 2-0 in Saturday's earlier game.

Troy Deeney then beat Valencia in the box, but could not find a way past De Gea who punched his effort away, whilst Mkhitaryan had a chance to wrap up the game for good, but he could not overcome Gomes who saved with his legs.

The latter was impressing on his return to the starting line-up and had Watford anxious within two minutes into the restart, flying down the left and firing across the face of goal.

Manchester United's second goal came from a nice counter-attack after forcing a turnover in midfield, and perhaps inspired by that, Jose Mourinho was back on the narrative warpath.

"Yeah, not just with me", he joked.

The Chelsea player also suggests that he is now loving his life at London and he feels very good at the club.

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"I think it is the kind of football that if, instead of being Mourinho's team, if it is somebody else's team, you would say "art".

Mata's first-half goal was a superb, flowing team move.

Jose Mourinho says he is convinced striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will extend his stay at Manchester United beyond this season.

Mourinho, meanwhile, confirmed that he also expects Ibrahimovic to stay to help United in his arguably last season at "the highest level".

Martial joined United for an initial fee of 36 million pounds ($55.5 million) in 2015 - making him the world's most expensive teenager - and was the club's top scorer in his first season, but has been in and out of the team under Mourinho.

United continued to pile the pressure and were rewarded on 32 minutes through Mata who swept in Anthony Martial's low cross.

"From this six or seven only one or two are great quality, all the others are the same as the ones we are selling, so we are not going to play this game", Mourinho said. I think even if you win everything you still want to improve the squad - that's the nature of the dynamic industry that we're in.


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