VIDEO : Manchester United vs Watford highlights, match stats and review

Jose Mourinho desperately needed a win to regain the confidence before the FA Cup Final.

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It was the final matchday and Jose Mourinho will be happy with the way the Premier League season ended for him. Manchester United vs Watford finished at 1-0, and the Red Devils will be positive to take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final scheduled to be held on 19th May.

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Let us now take a quick look at what happened in this Sunday fixture.

Manchester United vs Watford – Main events:

Home lineup : Sergio Romero; Matteo Darmian, Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind (Ander Herrera, 77′); Michael Carrick (Paul Pogba, 84′), Scott McTominay; Alexis Sanchez, Juan Mata, Ashley Young (Luke Shaw, 60′); Marcus Rashford.

Away lineup : Heurelho Gomes; Daryl Janmaat, Craig Cathcart, Christian Kabasele (Adrian Mariappa, 21′), Jose Holebas; Abdoulaye Doucoure; Gerard Deulofeu (Troy Deeney, 63′), Roberto Pereyra, Will Hughes, Richarlison; Andre Gray (Nathaniel Chalobah, 72′).

Goals: Rashford (34′).

Yellow cards: Rojo (9′), Young (58′), Shaw (90’+1′).

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On a sunny day at Old Trafford, the two sides kicked off an otherwise not-so-crucial fixture, so far as the league table was considered. Jose Mourinho named almost a second team, and the most interesting aspect was Carrick’s inclusion in the squad. The veteran played his last game as a Red Devil, as he already has announced his intention to hang up the boots at the end of the season.

And the 36-year-old was the one to provide the first strike for United. It was a magnificent long ball from Carrick that found Mata in the Watford half, with acres of open space behind the opponent defenders. The Spaniard then played Rashford unselfishly and the young striker made no mistake to push the ball past an onrushing Gomes.

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Watford needed some extraordinary efforts to get back into the game after the goal, and they almost got the equalizer a couple of minutes before the break. It was a fantastic Janmaat cross that found an unmarked Richarlison inside the box. The Brazilian headed the ball on target, but Romero managed to successfully thwart the ball outside, and the scoreline remained 1-0 at halftime.

After the break, the two teams came reenergized, but the intention to go forward and score was missing. Both sides created some opportunities, but they did not have enough venom to go all the distance. In the end, the Old Trafford saga finished with a narrow win for the home side.

Manchester United vs Watford highlights:

Manchester United vs Watford Statistics:

Manchester United Watford
Goals 1 0
Possession 51% 49%
Shots (on target) 7 (1) 7 (3)
Passes played 459 429
Passing accuracy 79% 83%
Dribbles won 12 8
Tackles 24 18

 

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