Jose Mourinho pleased set-piece training pays off

Man Utd news Anthony Martial has been linked with an Old Trafford exit

Man Utd news Anthony Martial has been linked with an Old Trafford exit

De Gea was in fine form once again for Jose Mourinho's men as he helped the Red Devils to claim all three points by securing a victory against the Hornets.

Watford's bubble on Saturday, withstanding late pressure from the surprise early Premier League pacesetters to win 2-1 and relieve the pressure on beleaguered manager Jose Mourinho.

"I would focus on the first match, and after that on the group phase, one of the most hard group phases, and we have two positions to qualify and our focus must be on that".

"I think he is the image of the Manchester United team, a team that played very well in long periods in the first half". "The only thing that is clear for me is that the player never - in all these days we are together - he never told me that he wants to leave".

Having lost consecutive games to Brighton and Tottenham, United's win followed a 2-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor prior to the global break.

His current deal has a year to run but United have an option to extend that by another season and De Gea - the club's player of the year or four of the past five seasons - insists he remains happy at Old Trafford.

"I feel really loved at his club from the fans", De Gea told a news conference at Stade de Suisse on Tuesday. "It's one of the best clubs in the world, so for me it's really good for me to be a part of this club".

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'We are not used to playing on artificial grass so it's going to be a bit different and probably more hard for us, ' he said.

"But in the second half we played to our strengths, we looked like we were the only side going to score as the game went on".

He will be back in the dugout when United start their Champions League campaign away to Swiss Super League champions Young Boys on Wednesday.

Despite the victory, United will be disappointed they allowed Watford back into a match that appeared won when Smalling's goal went in.

"However, when we concede a goal in an emotional place like Vicarage Road and against a team who are very unsafe with the way they play - very direct and are strong in set-pieces - it will always be hard".

"We want to start well, winning games and of course try to win this competition but we know it's always hard to win".

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