Watford vs Manchester United, Premier League 2018-19

Heather Diaz
September 16, 2018

Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling scored within a span of three minutes for United, who ended Watford's attempt to win their opening five games for the first time.

United were not quite so dominant after the restart and Watford found a foothold which ultimately allowed them to reduce the arrears - Gray finding the top-right corner from Abdoulaye Doucoure's cut-back.

"Credit to Watford", said Lukaku.

Javi Gracia therefore has more or less a full complement of players as he attempts to plot another famous win over one of Europe's elite clubs.

Two quickfire first-half goals had Mourinho, his staff and his players every bit as delirious as the travelling army of United fans, with the general mood around the camp a far cry from what it was just a few weeks ago.

"Marouane is giving us more than that, he is giving that but also quality and simplicity".

The Portuguese was quick to leap to his own defence when questioned on the subject in the press conference ahead of United's Premier League game against Watford on Sunday, relying on statistics to prove his point.

Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea made a stunning save late in stoppage time to deny the Hornets a dramatic equaliser.

It kicked off debate amongst many pundits about how much Rashford plays with Jamie Carragher even suggesting that he should go and play for Everton to get first team football.

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If the Mourinho era at United were a rom-com - which it absolutely is not - Fellaini would be the leading man.

"He's playing really well".

Premier League football returns after the global break as Manchester United take on high-flying Watford at Vicarage Road this evening.

Fellaini made his second start of the season on Saturday after impressing against Burnley last time out, and Mourinho is delighted with the Belgian's form, while also crediting his "simple" style of play.

The England worldwide was forced to sit out the 2-1 win at Watford on Saturday evening after suffering a head injury in the UEFA Nations League defeat to Spain.

It was always going to be hard for Watford to carry the momentum built during their first four matches over the global break, and that proved to be the case.

Smalling took Marouane Fellaini's knockdown on his chest, swivelled and fired a superb left-foot volley past a bemused Ben Foster, who then saved well from Paul Pogba as United threatened to overrun the home side.

United were in the ascendency ten minutes into the second stanza but they were yet to create clear chances in that period.

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