Jose Mourinho labelled the contentious first Watford goal as “ridiculous” as Manchester United were humbled 3-1 at Watford.
Sunday’s 3-1 reverse at Vicarage Road was United’s third on the spin.
They went behind in the 34th minute to Etienne Capoue’s goal – a strike which Mourinho thought should have been ruled out due a a foul in the build-up, before Marcus Rashford’s second-halff equaliser, but goals from Juan Zuniga and Troy Deeney late on handed the hosts a deserved victory.
Miguel Britos’ strong challenge on Anthony Martial set Daryl Janmaat free to cross for Capoue to deliver the opening blow, but the Portuguese boss was sure Britos should have been penalised by Michael Oliver.
“I’m always concerned when we don’t get the result we want so that’s an obvious situation,” Mourinho told BT Sport.
“I think no debate. I think no controversy. I think that is an obvious situation, like it was obvious last week against Man City but it’s something I cannot control and I can’t even be critical.
“Not really (happy with tempo). In the first half for about 25, 30 minutes we didn’t play well and that’s something that we can control. We can work and improve on it, the referee and linesman mistake is not under my control. I can’t do nothing to improve it.
“In the second half we were much better, we get the draw (level), Gomes makes a phenomenal save and the lucky moment is something we cannot control. That second goal is an individual mistake because we know we have to press the wing-backs outside the box and not let them take the advantage of being one against one inside the box.
“Our individual and collective performances is where we have to improve.”
Mourinho later described the first goal as “ridiculous” and told the BBC that he thought United were “the best team”.
“I reflect on three factors from the match, but only one of them I can improve,” Mourinho said.
“The first factor depends on ourselves, it relates to our individual mistakes and collective mistakes as individual players and as a team. We have to improve something, it is in our hands.
“The second factor is the referee and I can’t control their mistakes, The story of the game is the result and not the ridiculous situation of the first goal.
“The third factor is luck, we didn’t have it. We were the best team when we lost. Heurelho Gomes made a phenomenal save from a Zlatan Ibrahimovic header.”