Full-time: Manchester United 1-0 Watford

  • Juan Mata scores the winner with a curling free-kick
  • Odion Ighalo spurns good chances in the first half
Juan Mata
Juan Mata scores with a brilliant freekick Getty Images

So, United win a topsy-turvy game against an unfortunate Watford side at Old Trafford. Juan Mata's freekick proved to be the difference between the two sides.

That's all from our live blog tonight. We hope you enjoyed our coverage.


Full-time: Manchester United 1-0 Watford


Four minutes of added time at Old Trafford.


Another change for United, then, as Louis van Gaal looks to waste a few seconds.

The goal hero Juan Mata is taken off and is replaced by Paddy McNair. Gosh, this is a very youthful United side now.

McNair has gone into central midfield, can he help the Reds hang on?


A little less than five minutes left at Old Trafford.

United have been pretty ordinary for most of the night, but stand on the cusp of an important win.


Juan Mata has provided United with the inspiration they have been searching for.

The little Spaniard curled his freekick from the edge of the box into the top corner. A moment of brilliance that could decided this game, that.

Juan Mata
Juan Mata in action for United Getty Images


GOAL: Manchester United 1-0 Watford (Mata)


On reflection, Prödl was being held by Darmian at that corner. That should have been a penalty.

The Italian was all over him. This game could still go either way.


Another scare for United.

Daley Blind tries to clear the ball in his six-yard box, but it almost creates a chance for Watford. In the end, it goes behind for another corner, which is headed fractionally wide of the post.

How many chances are the Hornets going to miss?


United are lacking inspiration at the moment.

It's time for one of the youngsters to make themselves a hero. There's plenty of talent in this side, but they haven't really showed it so far tonight.

There's just over ten mins left at Old Trafford now. And Louis van Gaal has made another switch.


Another change for the Hornets. Nordin Amrabat replace Odion Ighalo

That's one goal in nine matches for the Nigerian now. It was a night of what-ifs for Watford's star man.



A couple of subs now. Mario Suarez comes on for Almen Abdi for Watford.

For United, meanwhile, Darmian replaces Marcos Rojo, who only recently returned from injury.

Around 20 minutes left in this one - will there be a winner?


The crowd is really getting behind this youthful United side now.

They've made a switch, too. Martial is playing through the centre, with Rashford out on the right side, where his pace is causing a problem.

The Red Devils are the dominant force at the moment.

Morgan Schneiderlin
Morgan Schneiderlin battles to retain the ball for Manchester United Getty Images


United are starting to up the pace at Old Trafford. And for the first time tonight, really, Watford are facing a period of sustained pressure.

The hosts are finally knocking on the door.


A flash of quality from Rashford. The youngster bursts down the right and tries to cross the ball.

But Gomes, in goal for Watford, blocks it and injures himself in the process. That was better from United, though.


Ighalo has another good effort on goal, but his left-footed strike evades the far post.

Watford are huffing and puffing - can they blow United's house down, or will they live to regret these missed chances?


Jesse Lingard is warming up at the moment. United may need to change their line-up - nothing is really working for them tonight.

Here's a reminder of the United bench:

Romero, McNair, Darmian, Riley, Lingard, Rothwell, Weir


Watford almost score, again.

Corner from the left side for Watford, nodded on and Rashford/De Gea clear off the line. The Reds are hanging on a bit here, in truth.


Once again, Watford are on the front foot early in the second half, creating some panic in the United backline.

Surely United will be punished at some stage this evening. Surely.


We're back underway at Old Trafford.



A curious 45 minutes of football, that.

United dominated the ball, but Watford should be winning this match, with Odion Ighalo guilty of wasting some good chances.

Will the Hornets live to regret that?

Fosu-Mensah on his Premier League debut Getty Images


Half time: Manchester United 0-0 Watford