Premier League Super Saturday ended with the fixture of Watford vs Manchester United, and it was a happy outing for Jose Mourinho’s men. They have managed to pull off a hard-earned 2-1 victory over Javi Garcia’s boys, who had to suffer their first defeat of the season.
Watford vs Manchester United – Main events:
Watford lineup (4-4-2): Ben Foster; Christian Kabasele, Jose Holebas (Adam Masina, 84′), Craig Cathcart (Isaac Success, 88′), Daryl Janmaat (Kiko Femenia, 72′); Etienne Capoue, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Roberto Pereyra, Will Hughes; Troy Deeney, Andre Gray.
Manchester United lineup (4-3-3): David De Gea; Antonio Valencia (Eric Bailly, 90’+2′), Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Ashley Young; Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Nemanja Matic; Romelu Lukaku, Jesse Lingard (Anthony Martial, 71′), Alexis Sanchez (Scott McTominay, 84′).
Goal: Lukaku (35′), Smalling (38′), Gray (65′).
Yellow card: Capoue (34′), Holebas (36′), Matic (70′), Valencia (81′)
Red card: Matic (90’+4′).
The game started on an even note, both sides showing positive intent and creating chances during the first half-hour. And then, in quick succession, the visitors scored twice to shock the Vicarage Road crowd. First, it was a move through Young and Fellaini that eventually needed Lukaku to tap in from close. And then, after few minutes, Fellaini and Young were the architects again from a corner. This time, Smalling controlled the ball beautifully before finishing it with a great strike from inside the box.
On the last moment of the first half, Pogba got a great chance to end all hopes for Watford. But, this time, Gomes got the better of the Frenchman’s shot and the halftime scoreline of Watford vs Manchester United remained 0-2.
Second half started in a similar fashion as the first. Then, after the hour-mark, the Hornets finally had their breakthrough. Following nice combination from Pereyra and Doucoure, the ball fell kindly to Gray who did not make any mistake to power the ball home from a close range. The scoreline being 1-2, game was on and the visitors needed to take control to salvage three points they were looking set to get.
During the last quarter of the match, Watford players pushed hard for the equalizer. They actually created good opportunities too, but De Gea could not be beaten anymore. The Spaniard’s stunning saves in the later part of the game kept the home attackers at bay. In the end, United got much needed three points against the surprise package of the season.
Watford vs Manchester United stats:
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