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Premier League
Old Trafford
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    • KICK OFF
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      Oh what might have been for Watford! The visitors were on top for much of the first half and create a host of chances, which Ighalo saw plenty of. However, they just couldn't find a way past De Gea and the home side ultimately took full advantage of that, with Mata producing a lovely late strike. Va
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      The referee brings the first half to a close, with a familiar feeling greeting the whistle from United fans' perspective. The hosts have not been great so far today. They've lacked a little spark in attack, while at the back they have looked extremely nervous and unconvincing. By contrast, Watford w
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      The players are out on the pitch and kick-off is just a few minutes away. Stay tuned!
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      Three of Sanchez Flores' changes have come at the back, with Jose Holebas, Seb Prodl and Allan Nyom all returning, while Almen Abdi is the other to come back into the side. Dropping out are Nathan Ake, former United youngster Craig Cathcart, Juan Carlos Paredes and Nordin Amrabat, respectively.
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      Watford coach Quique Sanchez Flores has no such injury problems to contend with, though, as his side continue to plug away in mid-table. The Spaniard has made four changes today, however, as his side prepare for their first visit to Old Trafford since January 2007, a 4-0 defeat. He will be hoping th
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      A major boost to United is the return of Anthony Martial. The France international has missed their last two games due to a hamstring problem and he comes in today for Jesse Lingard. Although they won both games without the former Monaco man, his presence on the wing will be a serious threat. Elsewh
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      Once again Rashford starts as the focal point of United's attack and will be eager to continue his incredible start to life in the senior side, having scored twice in both of his two previous appearances. Guillermo Varela unsurprisingly retains his place at right-back following a hugely encouraging
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      Manchester United's spell of decimation by injury rumbles on as they are forced to name another youthful-looking first XI today for the visit of Watford, but Louis van Gaal's need to inject some unfamiliar faces into his team has seen the club play with extra freedom and energy in their last two mat
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      Watford subs: Pantilimon, Cathcart, Paredes, Ake, Suarez, Anya, Amrabat.
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      Watford starting XI (4-3-2-1): Gomes; Nyom, Britos, Prodl, Holebas; Capoue, Watson, Behrami; Abdi, Deeney; Ighalo.
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      Man United subs: Romero, McNair, Darmian, Riley, Lingard, Rothwell, Weir.
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      Manchester United starting XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Varela, Fosu-Mensah, Blind, Rojo; Schneiderlin, Herrera; Memphis, Mata, Martial; Rashford.
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      TEAM NEWS:
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      Hello and welcome to the LIVE coverage of this Barclays Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Watford. I will be describing the action for you today as these two sides go head-to-head at Old Trafford, with the home side looking to build on the morale-boosting 3-2 defeat of Arsenal a
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      Off we go at Old Trafford! United get us started.
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      Encouraging start by the away side, as they push forward in numbers and force United back. The hosts escape the initial danger but then Rojo is caught in possession and he ultimately fouls Behrami.
    • 3'
      Behrami delivers the free-kick in from 35 yards out, aiming for a crowd of yellow shirts. Morgan Schneiderlin is the man to get his head to it, knocking it behind for a corner.
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      Schneiderlin is there again to head the corner delivery clear and then Watford are forced to play the ball all the way back to Gomes, who swiftly blasts it back up the field.
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      Good hassling by Rashford, as Britos finds himself in possession and then closed down extremely quickly by the striker. He forces a rushed clearance which goes to Holebas and deflects out for a throw-in near the halfway line.
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      Depay gets his first involvement in the match. The Dutchman is picked out on the left, he shimmies and then jinks up the left flank. He has two men for company and tries to squeeze a cross in, which is blocked behind for a corner.
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      The United corner doesn't result in much initially, but the home side keep the pressure on, as Depay recovers possession, cutting inside Nyom in the process. He plays a pass into Rashford, who does well to pick out Mata to the left of the area. The Spaniard's delivery lands at the back post for Hole
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      This time it is Martial's running which wins a corner, as he darts in from the right looking to latch on to a lofted pass and he knocks the ball on to a defender. From the resulting set-piece, they play it short and then Depay clips it in to the back post where the Frenchman is again, but he nods wi
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      Clumsy foul by Herrera, as Deeney cuts in from the left and jinks past the Spaniard, who laboriously trips the striker. This is a good opportunity.
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      Good delivery from Abdi, as he drops it right into the centre of the area. United survive, though, and then Deeney is penalised for a high foot during his over-head kick attempt.
    • 14'
      JUST WIDE! Fosu-Mensah gives possession away under pressure with a pass out from defence. Abdi is on it in a flash and he quickly plays it forward to Ighalo, who manages to keep the ball from the defenders and then get a shot away, only to see his effort miss the target.
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      Much better from Fosu-Mensah, as the teenager goes in hard on Deeney, taking the man and the ball, before then also halting Ighalo as he tried to latch on to the loose ball.
    • 17'
      Awful pass from Blind! The centre-back passes straight to Ighalo and allows the Nigerian in, but the striker opts to shoot first-time from about 30 yards and his effort was tame, with De Gea stopping it with ease.
    • 18'
      United make their way up from the back after Fosu-Mensah's challenge. They work it out to Depay on the left and he cuts inside and on to his right foot. The stadium erupts in anticipation as he looks to pull the trigger, but his eventual effort ultimately goes out for a throw-in. That was terrible.
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      SO CLOSE! Rashford's pace causes problems for Watford, as he lures Britos into a foul out wide. Depay swings the following set-piece into the area and it is cleared as far as Schneiderlin, whose looping volley goes just wide.
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      Brilliant defending! Fosu-Mensah is forced to chase back as Ighalo latches on to a lofted pass. He produces a perfect last-dtich challenge in the area and then comes away with the ball, passing it out from the back with composure.
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      Good play by Watford up the left flank, as Capoue plays a give-and-go with Holebas and then charges in towards the penalty area, only to be sent tumbling in cynical fashion by Fosu-Mensah.
    • 23'
      Excellent run by Depay, as he again darts in from the left, skipping past a couple of challenges in the process, before then getting clattered as he tries to play a one-two with Rashford. The referee ignores the protests, though.
    • 25'
      The Watford free-kick is played low to the edge of the area for the unmarked Holebas, who gets a shot away. Schneiderlin blocks, but the visitors remain on the front foot, working it back up the right flank, where Behrami is waiting to cross and Abdi knocks his delivery wide of the mark.
    • 27'
      UNITED ESCAPE! Great move by Watford! Capoue crosses from the left and Deeney flicks it on to Ighalo. The Nigerian controls it well, spins and gets a shot away but drags it just wide of the target.
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      Saved! Rojo does well on the left for United, squeezing a cross into the area. Rashford heads it on and it lands at the feet of Martial, who manages to jink inside Holebas before then shooting straight at Gomes. He couldn't do much else there.
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      It's not really working for United at the moment. They are seeing a lot of the ball but not doing much with it in the final third. Rashford is yet to be presented with a chance, while Depay's shooting has been poor. Martial needs to be getting himself involved a little more you feel.
    • 32'
      Good play by Rashford, as the striker receives a pass into feet and then immediately knocks it past Prodl, luring the Austrian into a foul. The defender doesn't think he has done anything wrong, but the decision stands.
    • 33'
      Mata clips the free-kick delivery into the area from distance, but it is easy for Gomes, as the Brazilian easily plucks it from the sky.
    • 35'
      Good feet from Depay, as he turns Abdi inside-out, twisting and turning out on the left before drawing a foul out of the midfielder. Mata takes it quickly and then the Dutchman gets back swiftly, but his cross-cum-shot curls harmlessly wide of the mark.
    • 38'
      UNITED SURVIVE! Ighalo does brilliantly to charge down a clearance on the left and he charges through towards goal, with Fosu-Mensah for company. He holds the defender off and gets a shot away, but De Gea makes a crucial save. Deeney is furious the Nigerian didn't square it.
    • 40'
      The resulting corner is flicked on in the area and Prodl manages to meet it, but his attempts to divert the ball towards goal proves fruitless, sending it just wide of the mark.
    • 42'
      United work it well up the left, with Mata, Rojo and Herrera all combining. Eventually the latter clips a decent delivery in towards the back post for Martial, but it is just a little too heavy for the Frenchman.
    • 44'
      More remarkably poor defending from United. Fosu-Mensah's back-pass is left by Blind and Ighalo pounces. The striker manages to get a shot away, but again he is denied by De Gea, who bails the hosts out.
    • 45'
      Mata and Rojo link up on the left flank for United and the Spaniard wins a corner, but play is brought back for a foul on the left-back by Behrami.
    • 46'
      Off we go for the second period.
    • 48'
      Blind again! The Dutchman has been absolutely terrible with his passing out from the back and for about the fourth time he invites pressure on to the hosts. Abdi pounces and shifts it on into the area for Ighalo, but Fosu-Mensah holds him up well and then his compatriot atones for his previous error
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      Gomes smashes the ball upfield from a Watford goal-kick. It gets all the way through towards the edge of the United area, where Blind is waiting to slice it behind for a corner.
    • 50'
      JUST OVER! Capoue is given so much space in the midfield and he marches towards goal, before sending a stinging drive in that direction. Luckily for United is flies inches over the crossbar.
    • 52'
      WATFORD DENIED! Watson's corner delivery causes problems as it is aimed for the near post. He looks to be sneaking into the goal as it is flicked on, but Rashford just happens to be standing in the way.
    • 54'
      No penalty! Depay darts in from the left and squeezes between Abdi and Nyom, but neither is lured into making a rash decision and the winger is eventually halted in the area, fairly says the referee.
    • 56'
      IGHALO! The Nigerian chases on to a lofted pass played over the top and he again holds off Fosu-Mensah. He produces a clever turn to beat the youngster, before then curling a good effort just wide of the top-left corner.
    • 58'
      Good play by Rashford! The teenager darts into the right side of the area, gliding past both Behrami and Britos before then knocking the ball on to Gomes' legs and out for a corner.
    • 60'
      Mata's corner evades everyone in the danger area but is picked up on the left by Rashford. He cleverly cuts inside Nyom, beating the otherwise solid full-back easily. He then also tries to beat Britos instead of playing the ball into the goal mouth and the visitors' right-back recovers to make the t
    • 62'
      SAVED! Great flowing move from United, as Rashford's clever first-touch tees up Varela, who then sets up Mata. The midfielder goes for goal from 25 yards and forces a good stop from Gomes, before then winning a free-kick from Prodl as the Spaniard tries to get on the rebound.
    • 63'
      Mata and Depay stand over the free-kick. The Dutchman ultimately tries his luck, but his effort is poor, as he sends it straight into the wall. What a waste.
    • 65'
      Good pressure from United here. They are keeping Watford penned in here, patiently and intently probing in the final third. Mata is starting to see a bit more of the ball in the final third, perhaps a reason for the hosts' upsurge.
    • 66'
      Excellent play again by Rashford, as the striker brings the ball out of the air brilliantly on the right and then glides past Holebas. His cut-back to Martial is well cut out by Britos, though.
    • 68'
      Rashford again! He zips past Holebas again, bursting into the area and he then plays a fine ball right across the face of goal but no one can get a touch on it.
    • 69'
      A lovely move from United, as Mata pokes the ball into the area and Herrera flicks it to the right for Rashford, who plays it back across the face of goal, but he was offside.
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      SI M. Darmian SO M. Rojo
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      SI Mario Suárez SO M. Rojo
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      Rojo looks set for a little rest now, as he makes way for Darmian, who will probably just comes straight in for him at left-back.
    • 70'
      Here comes a change for Watford now, as Mario Suarez comes on for Abdi in the visitors' midfield.
    • 72'
      That's a strong tackle from Watson, as the Watford man clatters into Schneiderlin and takes him out. He is lucky to escape a booking there.
    • 74'
      Rashford is certainly proving a handful out on the right, testing both Holebas and Capoue. This time he runs at the latter, but only ends up fouling the Frenchman.
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      SI N. Amrabat SO M. Rojo
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      Another Watford switch sees Ighalo's day end, with Amrabat on in his place. It's like for like in attack.
    • 77'
      SI J. Lingard SO M. Rojo
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      Rashford has probably been United's most lively player in the second half. This time he picks up possession after Mata thought he'd been fouled, but Holebas swiftly barges the youngster over.
    • 77'
      Substitution Ander Herrera Agüera Jesse Lingard
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      UNITED ESCAPE! Capoue does well on the left, as he jinks between a couple of defenders and gets a shot away. It is blocked and then bounces up nicely for Amrabat, whose effort is then blocked behind.
    • 80'
      NO PENALTY! Watson's corner causes problems again and Prodl looks destined to nod in, but he just misses the target under pressure from Darmian, who is all over the Austrian. That looked a blatant foul.
    • 82'
      Excellent run by Martial, as he drives at the heart of the Watford defence. Britos eventually hauls him down and deservedly gets booked.
    • 83'
      G Mata Assist M. Rojo
    • 83'
      GOAL!!!! UNITED TAKE THE LEAD! Mata steps up to take the free-kick and sends a delightful effort into the top-left corner, curling it over the wall and well out of the reach of Gomes! There was no stopping that one!
    • 86'
      SI I. Anya SO M. Rojo
    • 86'
      Final change for Watford now, as the rapid Anya replaces Behrami.
    • 88'
      United have done well to ensure Watford's undoubted feelings of frustration haven't allowed them to rally just yet. They are remaining solid in midfield and at the back, keeping the visitors at arm's length so far.
    • 89'
      SI P. McNair SO M. Rojo
    • 89'
      Another switch for United now, as goal-scorer Mata heads off and is replaced by McNair as Van Gaal tries to shore things up at the back.
    • 89'
      Substitution Juan Manuel Mata García Patrick McNair
    • 90'
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      Yellow card now for Amrabat, as the striker charges down Fosu-Mensah's clearance with his hands and is punished.
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      Yellow card Nordin Amrabat
    • 45'
      The free-kick spawns a corner, but the set-piece comes to nothing as United waste the opportunity.
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      There will be four minutes added on here.

    Line Up




    Ole Gunnar Solskjær
    Francisco Javier Muñoz Llompart



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 7 17
    Yellow Cards 1 2
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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