Jose Mourinho and Manchester United week went from bad to worse as they found themselves goal down in the first half against Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday afternoon kickoff. Mourinho started with a attacking lineup of Ibrahimovic, Martial, Rooney and Rashford but the move back fired as all the attacking trio failed to combine. Watford scored a contvertial goal when Capoue hammered home from a cut back after Martial was robbed on the right flank. Replays clearly show he was fouled but referee waved play on.
Watford 2-1 Manchester United Highlights
[ English Premier League 216-17 season ]
34′ 1 – 0 Etienne Capoue scores from the edge of the box after a nice cut back from the right side. Although leading upto the goal Martial was fouled which referee waved play on harshly.
62′ 1 – 1 Marcus Rashford again to the rescue of United as he scores from close range to make it 1-1 on the day.
84′ 2 – 1 Juan Camilo Zuniga scored just after coming on as a sub. Pretty similar to the first goal after nice cut back found Zuniga in massive space inside the box.
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Watford-Manchester United Preview: Watford has started the season slow having lost 2 and draw 1 of the opening three game but their most recent outing was against West Ham when they came from 2-0 down to win the match 4-2 in what was a historic game at West Ham’s new stadium last weekend. This win will surely put some belief in the side and we can expect them to cause United some problems this Sunday.
Under Louis Van Gaal, United won both of the premier league games against Watford last season but on both occasions United had to rely on a late goal to seal three points. Mourinho is likely to make some changes in starting lineup with Paul Pogba set to start alongside Fellaini in the midfield while Zlatan Ibrahimovic to start in attack with Rooney, Martial and Juan Mata playing in attacking roles.
Manchester United are likely to start with Fellaini in the central midfield role alongside Paul Pogba while Rooney set to return. Mourinho has to make some decision on whether to start with Herrera/Carrick in the midfield or slot Mata/Rashford/Mikhitaryan in attacking roles.
United has struggle to create goals on the consistent basis and some of the attacking players looks totally out of touch and confidence specially after the derby defeat against Manchester City. Mikhitaryan will have to wait for a while before he gets another chance after his derby day troubles while Lingard can say good bye to his first team chances. Which leaves Mourinho with Mata, Rooney, Martial, Rashford and Ashley Young to fight it out for 3 attacking midfield roles.