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Jose Mourinho explains his celebration for Chris Smalling’s Manchester United goal against Watford


Jose Mourinho embraced Kieran McKenna after Chris Smalling’s goal against Watford Picture: BT Sport)

Jose Mourinho revealed Chris Smalling’s decisive goal against Watford on Saturday was the result of a carefully orchestrated set-piece routine.

The Manchester United defender doubled his side’s advantage at Vicarage Road, expertly controlling Marouane Fellaini’s header and slamming a perfect volley past Ben Foster from close range.

Mourinho jumped from the bench to celebrate Smalling’s first goal of the season and embraced United assistant Kieran McKenna in front of a beaming Michael Carrick, both of whom were promoted to the first team coaching staff in the summer following the departure of Rui Faria.

Chris Smalling scored Manchester United’s winning goal against Watford (Picture: Getty)

Explaining his show of passion, Mourinho said: ‘Because we trained the corner during the week, the best thing that can happen to coaches is you train and you see it happen in the match.

‘And they are happening even in these last few matches, even in the one against Tottenham, are happening things that are working, the positional, the movement.

‘But the set-pieces are very specific things that you work, you work, you work and for weeks and weeks and weeks sometimes you don’t see the results of that work.

‘So when it happens was happiness for coaching staff.’





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