Manchester United hosted Watford in the Premier League game on Saturday at Old Trafford in a bid to secure another three points to keep the pressure on top four. United started with Martial, Mata, Mikhitaryan in attacking roles behind Ibrahimovic and they were on a role in first 45 minutes creating chances left and right. However it took them 32 minutes to finally break the deadlock when Mata converted Martial’s low cross from close range. Martial himself got himself on the scoresheet to make it 2-0.
Manchester United 2-0 Watford Highlights
[ English Premier League 2017 Match ]
32′ 1 – 0 Juan Mata scored the only goal of first half with a neat finish from close range. However United should have put the game to bed with the chances they created from 20 minutes onwards.
60′ 2 – 0 Anthony Martial scores at the near post after quick counter attack allowed him to run at Watford defense.
Match Highlights (English)
Jose Mourinho Post Match Interview:
Watford-Manchester United Preview: Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United has kind of turned the season around after initial struggles. Although number of draws have kept them out of top four, last weeks result against Leicester City has put them back into the contention and a win against watford combine with other results going their way United can finally break into top 4.
Watford however do make things difficult for United as it has been the case the last three times these two meet. Last season United won both games against Watford under Louis Van Gaal but both came with last gasp goals while Watford hammered United earlier in the season 3-1 one of United’s only three defeats so far.
Watford 3-1 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.
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.
Match Predictions: Mourinho is likely to start with Pogba and Herrera in midfield with Carrick on the bench while Mata, Mikhitaryan and Rashford to play in attacking roles behind Ibrahimovic. Watford do have some powerful players who can out muscle any team in the League and United need to be vary of not going physical with this team. I am going with a United win in this one.