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Watford 3-1 Manchester United

  • Etienne Capoue scores fourth goal of the campaign
  • Marcus Rashford levels on first Premier League start of the season.
  • Juan Zuniga and Troy Deeney penalty give Watford first home win.
  • 2:15pm: Crystal Palace vs Stoke City, Southampton vs Swansea City; 4:30pm: Tottenham Hotspur vs Sunderland
Juan Zuniga
Zuniga scored less than a minute after coming on to down United. Getty Images
14:03

Well that is about all we have time for on this live blog. Thanks for your company for the first of four Premier League games this afternoon. I shall leave you with this thought:

Wayne Rooney's omission today may not have changed the result or the performance for Manchester United today, but as the captain of his country and club and the supposed linchpin in both teams has there ever been a man with more responsibility, yet sunk into more irrelevance? Goodbye.

13:57

Full time: Watford 3-1 Manchester United

Watford claim their first home win of the season and first victory over Manchester United for 30 years with a performance they will do well to better this term. Jose Mourinho suffers three defeats in a row in a single season for the first time since 2002. As good as Watford were, United were dreadful and the position of Wayne Rooney becomes increasingly perilous.

13:55

Goal: Watford 3-1 Manchester United (Troy Deeney)

Zuniga fouled by Fellaini as Watford close in on a third. Deeney delivers it with a thumping strike from the spot. Done and dusted with some to spare. Watford on their way to a first home win of the season.

13:54

Penalty to Watford

13:52

Four added minutes at Vicarage Road.

13:51

Time to credit this Watford display, which has been really on point. They have out-muscled United for long periods of this game, and their dynamism and speed has been hard to cope with.

13:49

Just 53 seconds seperate Zuniga coming on for Capoue; talk about a substitution at the right time. In fairness, Watford were queuing up in the box to score there. United have been woeful, worse in the second half than the first and a third straight Mourinho loss is looming.

13:45

Goal: Watford 2-1 Manchester United (Juan Zuniga)

Just a minute after coming on Juan Zuniga puts Watford back in front with six minutes left. Roberto Pereyra pulls the ball back after running past Fellaini and Zuniga sweeps the ball beyond De Gea. Mazzari delighted with the super-sub.

13:42

Gomes keeps out Ibrahimovic, diving to his right as the 34-year-old connects with Fellaini's cross. Best chance we have had since the equaliser.

13:41

Ibrahimovic takes aim with a 20-yard free-kick which clips the end of the wall and goes to safety. Wayne Rooney's afternoon continues to baffle as his latest corner again beats everyone in the United box.

13:36

A mini goal-mouth scramble as Watford threaten for the first time since being pegged back. Holebas flicks on a free-kick and when United can't clear, De Gea is caught flapping under the high ball again but the home side are unable to take advantage.

13:32

United have been much improved since the goal, with Ashley Young the tormentor in chief back at the club where it all began for him. Ibrahimovic is also providing a bit of impetus for the visitors, having set up the equaliser. Watford have retreated somewhat and will be keen to nip this period of dominance in the bud.

13:24

Goal: Watford 1-1 Manchester United (Marcus Rashford)

Not sure they have really earned it, but United benefit from a Watford defensive error to equalise. Rashford plays a nice one-two with Ibrahimovic, whose dinked cross evades his strike-partner but when Britos doesn't clear the England forward reacts first and finishes under Gomes.

13:17

The second period has started similar to the first; a lack of flow or any real quality to it. Watford will be happy with that though, as they continue to keep United at arms' length.

13:08

1986 was the last time Watford beat Manchester United at Vicarage Road but they're 45 minutes away from replicating that feat. Second half underway.

12:51

Half time: Watford 1-0 Manchester United

Watford have bullied Manchester United from the outset and deservedly lead through Etienne Capoue's fourth goal of the season. The visitors have been a bit of a shambles at both ends, with the Wayne Rooney conundrum just one of the numerous issues facing Jose Mourinho - who is facing a third straight defeat.

12:48

Four added minutes at Vicarage Road. Holebas tests De Gea with a 25-yard free-kick which is easily saved.

12:47

Prodl allows a Smalling header to evade him and Ibrahimovic latches onto it, goes to shoot but is closed down by the same Watford defender. Even Watford errors are being recovered.

12:45

Mourinho is fuming about the tackle on Martial which both led to the opening goal and the Frenchman's withdrawal. TV relays suggest the challenge from Britos was fair, and Howard Webb wants the benefit of the doubt to be given to the referee. I wonder whether the United boss will be as forgiving?

12:41

Ashley Young replaces Anthony Martial, who is forced to go off after his role in the opening goal. Horrid first half for United, perfect in almost every way for Watford.

12:36

Goal: Watford 1-0 Manchester United (Etienne Capoue)

Watford deservedly take the lead and it is their top scorer who puts the host ahead. Anthony Martial is disposed by Britos in his own left-back area. The ball falls to Janmaat who has time to pick his head up and is able to pick out Capoue to drives the ball through the legs of De Gea.

More worryingly for United is that Martial, who you will remember was involved in a nasty challenge with Janmaat, is walking away groggily with perhaps some delayed concussion. Surely he can't continue.

12:34

That's more like it from the world's most expensive player. Paul Pogba has had an inauspicious start to his United career but he almost gets his first goal with a dipping strike which leaves Gomes motionless, but cracks off the crossbar and away to safety. Stunning effort.

12:31

Daryl Janmaat and Anthony Martial have clashed in an aerial challenge where the Frenchman has certainly come off the worse. Both players have received length treatment but are ok to continue.

12:24

Chance for United as we reach the mid-way point of the first half. Rashford's deflected cross lands in the path of the Swede, who finds the side-netting with his left-foot strike.