|Ashley Young at the double|
After a hard fought win against Brighton, many fans were sweating at Watford’s recent form and a trip to Vicarage Road was not the preparation needed for the big game at the Emirates. A nervy first few minutes was cut out by a sublime volley from Ashley Young beating Heurelho Gomes at his near post to give Manchester United a much needed lead, but there was plenty more to come from the England international. After Pogba was brought down by Doucoure, Ashley Young confidently took the ball away from Pogba and Lindelof and curling a superb effort past the Brazilian between the sticks and celebrating in fashion. Martial and Lingard’s movement in the first half was outstanding and Martial was rewarded for his hard work with a sublime finish to make it 3-0 and made Marco Silva’s half-time team talk much more stressful.
A slower start to the second half but clearly Watford were on top from the restart. The unfortunate events of the second half began with Nemanja Matic coming off limping for Ander Herrera and may be in doubt for the Arsenal fixture. The nightmare continued when Romelu Lukaku squandered an open goal opportunity by taking far too long on the ball and really needs to regain some confidence ahead of the Saturday match. Marcos Rojo’s solid first half was shadowed by his nightmare of a second half when he brought down Pereyra and conceded a penalty with 13 minutes to go and the captain slotted the penalty past De Gea. Watford exploited the left side of Manchester United with Femenia powering forward at every opportunity and brought about Doucoure’s finish with 83 minutes on the clock and the pressure was turned on the Red Devils for a stand-off finish at Vicarage Road. However a piece of magic from Jesse Lingard finished the game with a superb solo run and a classy finish past the Watford keeper to send Manchester United five points behind their bitter rivals and blazing with confidence for their trip to North London at the weekend.
ROMELU LUKAKU 5/10
His hold up play was much better but still looking low on confidence and really should have scored at least twice
ANDER HERRERA 6/10
Controlled the game and made some good interceptions but looked much better
MARCUS RASHFORD 6/10
Almost scored a delightful goal but did everything he normally does and will want to start against Arsenal
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC N/A