Watford 3-1 Manchester United

Manchester United have lost 3 games in a row following a 3-1 defeat at Watford. The first half saw Manchester United with more of the ball, but Watford looking more threatening. Ighalo should have opened the scoring when De Gea spilled the ball after colliding with Smalling, but he could only put it wide. Watford opened the scoring through Capoue, who fired in from around 12 yards out; De Gea’s outstretched leg was not enough to keep the ball out. Manchester United went close through Ibrahimovic (hit the side netting from close range and quite a tight angle) and Pogba (a wickedly dipping shot from 25 yards that hit the bar), but Watford deservedly led at the break.

Manchester United looked more threatening in the second half, with Rooney being moved further forwards. The equaliser came through Marcus Rashford, who finished from a couple of yards out. Instead of kicking on from there, it was Watford who took the initiative and Zuniga put them back in the lead from a header with 7 minutes remaining and Deeney ensured all 3 points with a penalty in stoppage time.

Manchester United seemed to lack balance and a midfield three of Pogba, Felliani and Rooney did not seem to work, although they did look better at the start of the second half with Rooney pushed further forward. However, I think the biggest problem in the midfield was the selection of Felliani, who is not a natural holding/ball-winning midfielder. Mourinho will need to solve that issue quickly if Manchester United are to challenge for the title in my opinion. Meanwhile, Watford will be delighted to have got a second win of the season and they looked good when attacking.

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