United condemns Watford to first loss

Tanya Simon
September 16, 2018

Before Watford could react, the ball was recycled to Ashley Young before he curled a pass to Lukaku and set up Fellaini's worldwide teammate to score.

Watford pulled a goal back midway through the second half through Andre Gray, but despite putting Jose Mourinho's side under heavy pressure for the final 20 minutes, they were unable to find an equaliser.

Foster then kept out a powerful Pogba drive but United were two up in the 38th minute when Smalling controlled a Fellaini header following a corner, and smashed the ball home.

Watford failed to react to that warning shot as the Red Devils moved through the gears with two goals in the space of three minutes. "On the season 16-17 Marcus Rashford played 32 Premier League matches, 11 Europa League matches, including the final, three FA Cup matches, six League Cup matches including the final and the Community Shield". With Deeney's bruising, punishing style more than capable of pulverising United's vulnerable centre, Fellaini dropped deep to shield the central defenders to the point where he was nearly indistinguishable from them. "But Marouane is giving us more than that - he's giving us that but he's also giving us quality and simplicty".

"He's playing simple and well". The manager has been forced into a change, with Luke Shaw suffering a concussion while on worldwide duty.

Jose Mourinho's men will now travel to Young Boys in the Champions League on Wednesday in buoyant mood before hosting Wolves on Saturday.

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He also praised the spirit his side showed to defend their lead in the closing stages, even if he felt they should have been home and hosed by that point. "For me, it is a very good team and you can see today they had a lot of options, they played well with the ball, defend well and for me, it is a great team".

Two quickfire first-half goals had Mourinho, his staff and his players every bit as delirious as the travelling army of United fans, with the general mood around the camp a far cry from what it was just a few weeks ago.

"If we played the second half the way we did the last part of the first half we would be in this moment with a completely different result. We gave them the chance to be reborn, score a goal and give us a hard match".

It's no surprise that De Gea has won the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award for four of the past five seasons.

"If you don't mind to lose a couple of minutes, I'm going to do something not for you but the United fans and I think I hold myself to the United fans and for them I am going to spend two minutes with you".

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