Nemanja Matic has joked he will ‘see on Monday’ whether Jose Mourinho was upset with him after getting sent-off against Watford.
With four minutes of stoppage time played, the Serbian picked up his second booking at Vicarage Road as United clung on to their 2-1 lead.
Matiic was shown his marching orders after barging into Watford midfielder Will Hughes – a challenge Rio Ferdinand labelled ‘silly’ while on punditry duty.
Mourinho said he was too far away from the incident to comment post-match and gave Matic a consolatory pat on the back as he left the field.
The 30-year-old will now miss United’s next league game against Wolves but tried to see the funny side when asked about his manager’s reaction.
“We will see on Monday [when United return to training]!” he joked with reporters post-match. “I think the first yellow card was a clear yellow card. The second one, I’m not sure. It was a foul but I’m not if it was a yellow card. It’s OK. I accept the decision of the referee and I will have one game to rest.”
The idea of United going down to 10 men and requiring a David de Gea wonder save at the death to leave Watford with all three points seemed an unimaginable prospect at half-time.
Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling had given the visitors a commanding two-goal lead but Mourinho warned his players not to get too carried away during his half-time team talk.
“He said we had to concentrate and that we could not allow them to create the chances because if they score a goal we are in trouble,” Matic revealed.
“We knew that. But they have quality, they have confidence because they won the first four games. They scored and after that it was difficult for us. We had some counter attacks to finish the game but we didn’t score. We are happy. We are happy for this win.”
The highlight of United’s win was a brilliant volley from Smalling before half-time which sent the players, fans and coaching staff wild in celebration.
Smalling has started United’s last three games and Matic admits he was bemused by his World Cup omission – even if he has never seen him hit a volley like that in training.
“I was surprised that he did not go to the World Cup because he has played for Manchester United regularly,” he added.
“I was surprised but it was the decision of the coach of course. Chris is great. As you see, in the box he is always dangerous. Last season he scored some important goals for us. “