Watford piled on the misery for Jose Mourinho as Manchester United crashed to a third successive defeat in an embarrassing 3-1 loss at Vicarage Road on Sunday.
Mourinho’s side were rocked by Etienne Capoue’s first half opener and, although Marcus Rashford equalised after the break, United capitulated in the closing stages.
Juan Camilo Zuniga restored Watford’s lead with seven minutes left before Troy Deeney’s penalty condemned Mourinho to a third consecutive defeat for the first time since he was in charge at Porto in 2002.
It was the first time United had lost three in a row since the unlamented Louis van Gaal presided over four successive defeats in December last year.
Real Madrid shrugged off the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale to record a club record 16th consecutive league win 2-0 at Espanyol to stay top of La Liga on Sunday.
James Rodriguez made the most of a rare start to open the scoring in first-half stoppage time before Karim Benzema sealed all three points 20 minutes from time.
Benzema goal. Great counter attack. Mourinho 11/12 esque pic.twitter.com/rvFQJ8xBBG— #Eagles 1-0 (@GrandeZizou) September 18, 2016
Hertha Berlin maintained their 100 percent Bundesliga record with a 2-0 win over Schalke to set up a top-of-the-table clash on Wednesday against Bayern Munich.
Hertha’s victory on Sunday means they are only second in the German league table on goal difference behind Bayern with the only teams boasting a perfect three wins from three in Germany’s top flight poised to meet at Munich’s Allianz Arena in midweek.
Harry Kane found the net for the second time in two Premier League games as Tottenham Hotspur beat Sunderland 1-0 on Sunday, but was stretchered off late on.
The England striker scored at White Hart Lane for the first time since March to lift his team to third and keep the visitors second-bottom in the table.
But he had to be taken from the touchline on a stretcher after turning his ankle in the latter stages of the game
A second-half winner by Ivan Perisic boosted Frank De Boer’s survival prospects as Inter Milan fought to a deserved 2-1 ‘Derby d’Italia’ win over Juventus in Serie A on Sunday.
De Boer, who succeeded Roberto Mancini at Inter two weeks before the start of the season, was rumoured to be facing the sack after a midweek defeat to Hapoel Beer Sheva followed a run of poor results in the league.
But the former Ajax handler’s job looks safe, for the meantime, after Inter put their Europa League shocker behind them with a battling performance at a packed San Siro to hand the champions their first defeat of the season.