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Watford 2-4 Manchester United

  • Manchester United secured a 4-2 victory over Watford at Vicarage Road on Tuesday (28 November).
  • Ashley Young's wondrous brace and Anthony Martial's calm finish put United three-up at half-time.
  • Troy Deeney and Abdoulaye Doucoure pulled two back for Marco Silva's side as they fought back with gusto.
  • But a phenomenal solo effort from Jesse Lingard sealed the points for United, who are now five points behind Manchester City.
Jesse Lingard
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Full-time: Watford 2-4 Manchester United

A bit of a scare for United towards the end, but it's job done for Mourinho's side at Vicarage Road.

Ashley Young and Anthony Martial blitzed Watford and guided United to a 3-0 lead, while Jesse Lingard's phenomenal effort sealed the three points after Troy Deeney and Abdoulaye Doucoure had seemingly set up a grandstand finish.

That's it for IB Times UK's coverage of proceedings from Vicarage Road. Have a good evening.

Carrillo teases United's backline and dinks a lovely corss that's just begging to be attacked, and it is. By Rojo, who concedes a corner.

Lukaku tries to set off a counterattack, but his pass to Ibrahimovic is just dreadful. United have scored four goals, but Lukaku has been below par once again.

Four minutes of added time. Surely Watford can't get back into this...

Quite astounding from Lingard, who drives few the whole Watford team, leaves players trailing in his wake, and beats Gomes with a low drive to seemingly kill the match.

Stunning from Lingard, who has now been withdrawn for Ibrahimovic.

GOAL! Watford 2-4 Manchester United (Lingard)

We're set for a grandstand finish at Vicarage Road!

Pereyra and Carillo combine, with the latter firing a pass into Doucoure's path. The midfielder does well to stab the ball goalwards, and he leaves De Gea with no chance.

Game on!

GOAL! Watford 2-3 Manchester United (Doucoure)

Femenia picks out Deeney with a lovely weighted cross but the Watford skipper's header is easy for De Gea. Just over 10 minutes to go, 1-3.

No mistake from Deeney, who sends De Gea the wrong way.

GOAL! Watford 1-3 Manchester United (Deeney, pen)

Pereyra gets the better of his compatriot Rojo after being fed by Carillo, and the United defender clumsily gives away a spot-kick.


Oh dear. Romelu Lukaku has made an almighty hash of an absolute gift. Mariappa is dispossessed by Rashford who hands Lukaku almost an open goal, but he dallies and is stifled by Doucoure before his eventual effort is blocked.

The Belgian then powers past Femenia and rifles a shot just wide of the post. Not his night.

Lingard's free-kick finds the head of Pogba, who should score with his effort from close range.

Doucoure bursts into a brilliant position but he loses his footing at the vital moment and scuffs his shot. United then break with Pogba, but the move is ended by Rashford, whose deflected effort is meat and drink for Gomes.

Rojo prevents Watford from pulling one back with two vital defensive interventions.

The Hornets try to come again with some controlled possession, but Zeegelaar's ball just misses the head of Richarlison.

United go in search of a fourth but Lingard's cutback is poor and fails to find Lukaku, who was in acres of space.

At the other end, Femenia crosses excellently for Richarlison, who should do better with his header from close range.

Second United change - Martial off, Rashford on.

Doucoure tries his luck with a shot from all of 35 yards, but his effort does not even begin to trouble De Gea.

Another injury worry at Vicarage Road.

This time it's Watford midfielder Will Hughes, who looks to have pulled his hamstring. A huge blow for the Englishman, who had been performing so well before this evening.

Hughes is off for Pereyra, while Prodl makes way for Carrillo as Silva looks to find a way back into the match. 0-3.

First United change sees Herrera come on for Matic. The Serbian walks gingerly off the pitch - a worry for Mourinho, who lost Marouane Fellaini before the match.

United break at speed with Martial, who accelerates and finds Lukaku, but the Belgian makes a meal of the chance - his cross-cum-shot fails to find Lingard.

Richarlison tries to make an angle for a shot, but Lindelof stands strong. Zeegelaar then fires a cross in low which is cleared for a corner.

Rojo clears the first and second corner.

Mariappa does well to prevent Lingard from bursting into Watford's area with a fine tackle that goes for a corner.

It comes to nothing, much to the frustration of some of United's stars, who are told to calm down by Paul Pogba.

Cleverley finds a good position down the left wing and tries to find Gray with a cross, but the ball is easy for De Gea to collect.

Watford come again through Hughes, but Gray's touch gifts possession back to United.

Second half underway at Vicarage Road. No changes made by either manager.

Young has certainly enjoyed his return to where it all began for him.

Ashley Young
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Half-time: Watford 0-3 Manchester United

Goals from Young and Martial have given United a three-goal cushion at the break. Watford, who had started well, are all at sea, and could have been further behind if not for Gomes.

How does Marco Silva go about changing things?

Richarlison almost pulls one back on the stroke of half-time!

Femenia darts across the pitch and stands the ball up for Richarlison, whose header clips United's bar and goes over. That would have changed things.

Incredible save from Gomes prevents Lingard from making it four. Lukaku's low drive is only parried by the Brazilian, who somehow manages to turn Lingard's effort from the rebound away for a corner, which comes to nothing. Stellar work from Gomes.

Two minutes of added time will be played.

Young couldn't repeat his heroics from the free-kick, and Watford eventually clear.

Watford work the ball into the dangerous positions but lax control and poor passes from Doucoure stem their tide. United then break with Martial, who wins a free-kick out of Mariappa.

Watford are absolutely all over the place at the moment after being blitzed by United. Marco Silva's men must establish a foothold in the game, with Pogba starting to get a hold of the game.

Rojo booked for a foul on Gray.

Lingard hooks a ball up in the air. Kabasele clears only as fair as Lukaku, who feeds Martial. The Frenchman takes the ball in his stride perfectly, and finishes supremely. 3-0 United, game over?

GOAL! Watford 0-3 Manchester United (Martial)

You're not the only one, Jose.

The man of the moment.

Ashley Young
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An absolutely stunning free-kick from Ashley Young!

He whips the ball over the wall and gives Gomes, who had taken a step to his left, absolutely no chance.

Step or not, Gomes wouldn't have saved that in a month of Sundays. Brilliance from Young.

GOAL! Watford 0-2 Manchester United (Young)

Pogba raids through Watford's half before being hauled down by Doucoure, who had a few bites at the Frenchman before Jon Moss blew for a foul. Moss cautioned Doucoure for the foul, which has given United a free-kick in a decent area.

Young feeds Martial who had made a good run down the left hand side. Mariappa is brushed off but Prodl concedes a corner, which evades everyone and goes out for a goal kick.

A lovely turn from Lukaku gives him room to find Lingard, who holds the ball well and fizzes a shot into Young's path. The former Watford boy controls the ball brilliantly and rifles a shot through Femenia's legs and past Gomes, who had no chance.

GOAL! Watford 0-1 Manchester United (Young)

Martial attempts to jink and bundle his way through the whole of Watford's backline, but in the end the promising Frenchman is crowded out by Prodl and co. Martial did manage to get a shot away, but it was duly blocked.

Pogba throws the ball directly out of play. Just about sums up United's start to the match. Very poor indeed.

A wonderful first-time control from Richarlison, who tries to feed Doucoure but the danger is snuffed out by young. Just a beautiful touch from the Brazilian.

Watford force a corner after Femenia's dangerous cross goes behind. It comes to nothing, but the Hornets are certainly getting joy from the wide areas already.

Another teasing cross from Watford, this time from Zeegelar, just evades Gray and is held gratefully by De Gea. Encouraging signs from Watford, who are getting their full-backs involved already.

Smart play from Watford sees the ball played out to Femenia, who chops away from Matic and delivers a sublime cross for Richarlison. The Brazilian is marshaled well by Lindelof, though, and the ball goes out for a goal kick.

Very bitty in the opening exchanges. Silve already giving out detailed instructions to Mariappa, who just accidentally smashed a ball into Martial's face. The Frenchman is dazed, confused, but prepared to carry on.

Manchester United starting out with a back three, as expected. Watford line up in a similar formation, which has served them so well in recent weeks.

Manchester United get things underway at Vicarage Road.

Z Cars booms around the ground. The teams walk out, led by referee Jon Moss.

The teams are in the tunnel. Kick-off now just moments away.

You can make a montage out of anything these days.

Just over 15 minutes until kick-off at Vicarage Road.

A reminder of tonight's teams:

Watford: Gomes (GK) (C); Mariappa, Prödl, Kabasele; Femenía, Cleverley, Doucouré, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray.

Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Lindelöf, Smalling, Rojo, Young, Pogba, Matić, Lingard, Lukaku, Martial.

Jose Mourinho has just confirmed that Marouane Fellaini is not in the squad to face Watford after suffering an injury.

No details from Mourinho, who simply said: "He's injured."

Will United miss the big Belgian?

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is delighted to see Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic return to first-team matters.

The Spaniard told Sky Sports: "It's great to have them back and, with them [in the squad], we are stronger.

"Marcos was amazing against Basel - you cannot see the difference between before the injury and now, he's worked fantastically hard to come back.

"Zlatan is going step by step because the injury he had was even worse, and Mike [Carrick] is going to be back soon, too. With them, we are stronger, and, with them back, we are optimistic of fighting for every title this season."

Ander Herrera

Marco Silva doesn't want to see any shrinking violets in his side tonight.

A lot of eyes will be on Watford's Brazilian attacker Richarlison this evening. The former Fluminense wonderkid has made an impressive start to life in the Premier League, and his performances have predictably drummed up rumours of interest from other clubs.

Tottenham are one of the supposed interested parties, but Watford chief Scott Duxbury insists the club don't want or need to sell.

"We want Richarlison to be here for many more seasons. We are building a very competitive squad, we have no need to sell," Duxbury told the Evening Standard.


The Red Devils are in the building.

It's all very exciting, isn't it?

Marcos Rojo makes his first league appearance of the season for Manchester United.

Lingard also starts, with Mata and Rashford dropping out.

Marcos Rojo

Watford defender Miguel Britos has not been included in his side's squad to face United after failing to recover from a knock he suffered against Newcastle United.

Sebastian Prodl, who has just returned from injury himself, is selected in the Greek's absence. The Hornets have picked up a number of injuries already this season; a concern for Marco Silva ahead of the Christmas period?

Manchester United starlet Angel Gomes has reportedly emerged as a surprise transfer target for Borussia Dortmund, while Barcelona are also said to be keeping an eye on the teenager.

The 17-year-old is understood to be stalling over signing a first professional deal at Old Trafford. That has led to the 20-time champions of England fearing the London-born midfielder could be lured away from the North West, with Dortmund touted to be the front-runners for Gomes' signature.

While the Bundesliga outfit cannot compete financially with the likes of Bayern Munich and Europe's elite clubs, they have snapped up some of the best youngsters from around the continent. Former Manchester City starlet Jadon Sancho, who alongside Gomes won the Under-17 World Cup with England earlier this year, left the Etihad for the Signal Iduna Park in a £10m move last summer.

Angel Gomes
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Watford: Karnezis, Wagué, Janmaat, Capoue, Carrillo, Pereyra, Deeney.

Manchester United: S.Romero, Damian, Ander Herrera, McTominay, Mata, Rashford, Ibrahimovic.

Has Mourinho deployed a 3-5-2 formation, or has he gone for an old fashioned 4-4-2 with Martial in support of Lukaku? Time will tell, but Marcus Rashford will have to play the waiting game.

No Henrikh Mkhitaryan at all either. Not good signs for the Armenian.


Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Lindelöf, Smalling, Rojo, Young, Pogba, Matić, Lingard, Lukaku, Martial.


Watford: Gomes (GK) (C); Mariappa, Prödl, Kabasele; Femenía, Cleverley, Doucouré, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray.



There has much speculation surrounding Marco Silva in recent weeks, with his future deemed to be uncertain amid interest from Everton.

Watford batted off the Blues, who are now likely to appoint Sam Allardyce, and Hornets chief executive Scott Duxbury insists the Portuguese has not been affected by the furore he has been caught up in.

"Marco is an exceptional head coach and is fully focused on the job here. I don't want to talk about the speculation that's been going on. Our position on that is well documented," Duxbury told the Evening Standard.

Marco Silva
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Incredible entertainment in store for those lucky few who will be at Vicarage Road tonight.

What do you mean you have no idea who they are?

Manchester United will be breathing a considerable sigh of relief following the news that influential striker Romelu Lukaku is set to be eligible for selection for a three-game stretch of Premier League matches that includes heavyweight clashes with Arsenal and Manchester City.

Lukaku featured for 90 minutes on Saturday afternoon (25 November) as Jose Mourinho's side edged past resilient Brighton & Hove Albion courtesy of an unfortunate own goal from Lewis Dunk. But fears that he could be facing a suspension later emerged after he was picked up on camera appearing to kick out at left-back Gaetan Bong during a 66th-minute tussle at a corner.

The incident was missed by referee Neil Swarbrick, meaning that the Football Association (FA) were permitted to intervene and review the evidence provided it was also omitted from his post-match report.

Lucky Lukaku?

Romelu Lukaku

Troy Deeney is available for selection for Watford after serving his three-match suspension for trying to do to Joe Allen what the Mountain did to Prince Auberin in Game of Thrones.

Will Watford's skipper get the chance to rough up United? We'll find out shortly.

Tory Deeney
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Watford getting stuck into the Rainbow Laces campaign. Good to see.

The stage is set at Vicarage Road... Team news just 10 minutes away.

The year before Watford's famous win over United at Vicarage Road, Memphis Depay scored this corker to help Louis van Gaal's side win 2-1 in Hertfordshire.

Sadly a case for what might've been for Depay at Old Trafford, though he is flourishing with Lyon.

Jose Mourinho has instructed Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to go easy in training to avoid the risk of injury, the Argentine revealed.

"He's always happy, close to the players, he's a very happy person, he helped me a lot, he got the best out of me," Rojo said, as quoted by the Mirror.

"He always tells us to play quietly in practice because with Ibra we kill each other with kicks," the Argentine defender added, referring to the training sessions with the Swedish forward.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo returned to the match day squad after seven months for United's game against Newcastle Getty

Watford beat United 3-1 in the same fixture last season. Will Marco Silva be able to emulate Walter Mazzarri?

Miguel Britos is doubtful for Watford's Premier League clash with Manchester United on Tuesday night (28 November), although head coach Marco Silva will wait until the last moment to make a final decision on the defender's availability.

Combative centre-back Britos started his ninth game of the season at Newcastle United on Saturday [25 November], although was replaced by Sebastian Prodl after 52 minutes of a resounding 3-0 win at St James' Park after feeling the lingering effects of a robust challenge committed before the interval.

"The situation with Britos we will keep open," Silva said of the Uruguayan at his pre-match press conference at London Colney on Monday. "He is still in doubt. We'll see.

"I'm not sure if he's able to play. We have one more session tomorrow, one more session to prepare for the match and then we will take the decision."

Miguel Britos

Jose Mourinho is expected to shuffle his pack when Manchester United travel to Watford on Tuesday [28 November].

Michael Carrick is on the road to recovery despite undergoing a heart operation, while both Phil Jones and Eric Bailly – neither of whom have played since the international break - have been training at the United training ground but it remains to be seen whether they will be in contention.

The Manchester Evening News understand that the trio will all miss out, while Marouane Fellaini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Luke Shaw have all been omitted from the squad which travelled to London on Monday afternoon.

Jose Mourinho
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Good evening and welcome to IB Times UK's live coverage of Watford vs Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho's side have two titanic clashes on the horizon, with a trip to Arsenal and a visit from Manchester City looming, but United cannot afford to underestimate Watford, who have enjoyed a splendid start to the new season.

Marco Silva's men have banished thoughts of a slump which arised after three consecutive defeats with two resounding wins over West Ham United and Newcastle United, and they will look to elevate themselves to sixth in the table with a win over Manchester United, who are desperately trying to catch the runaway train that is Manchester City.

Mourinho's men did not light up Old Trafford against Brighton and Hove Albion and will need to produced a much-improved performance against Watford if they are to have any chance of leaving Hertfordshire with three points.

Stick with IB Times UK for the latest updates, team news and reaction from Vicarage Road.