WHEN Chris Smalling put Man United 2-0 ahead against Watford on Saturday, it was his assistants that Jose Mourinho turned to.
Smalling smartly volleyed in from close range after Marouane Fellaini had headed a corner-kick back into the danger zone.
A delighted Mourinho was keen to embrace and congratulate assistants Kieran McKenna and Michael Carrick.
Carrick, who joined Mourinho’s staff in the summer, told MUTV: “It’s something we’ve been trying to do, really – score more goals from set plays and create more chances, and try and come up with things to do that.
“So it was nice to see one go in from him today. Normally it’s a header or a right foot, but it was a lovely volley on the left.
“It’s something that you do. You’re always trying to come up with little things [like] set plays.
Mourinho congratulated assistants Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna[/caption]
“There’s a lot of work that goes on during the week to try and put it into practice, so especially when it’s a goal – that feeling when a goal goes in is extra special and satisfying in a way.
“But there’s plenty of things throughout the game that you see, and you try and take bits from, that have been on the training ground over recent weeks, and that’s pleasing to see.”
What may not have been quite so easy on the eye for the United coaching staff was how they had to hold on to the lead in the final minutes at Vicarage Road.
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Andre Gray pulled one back in the 65th minute and Mourinho sent on Eric Bailly and Scott McTominay.
The changes worked and United picked up their third win of the season.
Mourinho’s team travel to Switzerland to face Young Boys on Wednesday in their first game of Group H in the Champions League.