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Stunning from Lingard, who has now been withdrawn for Ibrahimovic.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