Premier League • Day 5
  • 2nd Half
  • Watford
  • Manchester United
  • Matic
  • ValenciaBailly
  • CathcartSuccess
  • HolebasMasina
  • SánchezMcTominay
  • Valencia
  • JanmaatKiko
  • LingardMartial
  • Matic
  • Gray
  • 1st Half
  • Watford
  • Manchester United
  • Smalling
  • Holebas
  • Lukaku
  • Capoue

Watford - Manchester United
Premier League - 15 September 2018

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  • End of 2nd Half

FT: Watford 1-2 Man United. Ten-man United hang on for victory after Gray had got the hosts back into it after the interval. Lukaku and Smalling had put United in control in the first half. Matic was sent off in stoppage time, but it was too late to have much impact on the result.


Christian Kabasele meets the resulting free kick from the right but sees his header brilliantly pushed away by De Gea.

  • Nemanja Matic
    Red cardNemanja MaticManchester UnitedRED CARD! Matic receives his second yellow for barging into Hughes on the right.
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RED CARD! Matic receives his second yellow for barging into Hughes on the right.

  • Eric Bailly
    OffAntonio ValenciaManchester UnitedMAN UNITED CHANGE: Bailly on for Valencia. Three minutes were added.
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  • Eric Bailly
    OnEric BaillyManchester United

MAN UNITED CHANGE: Bailly on for Valencia. Three minutes were added.


Doucouré thunders in a strike from 25 yards that De Gea manages to hold on to.


Superb tracking back from Lukaku halts another Watford attack. All hands to the pump for the visitors as the Hornets go for it.

  • Isaac Success
    OffCraig CathcartWatfordWATFORD CHANGE: Cathcart off, Success on.
  • Isaac Success
    OnIsaac SuccessWatford

WATFORD CHANGE: Cathcart off, Success on.


Deeney and Gray cause panic in the United defence, but then get in each other's way and the visitors are able to clear their lines once more.


Watford have gone for the fresh legs in the wide positions. The hosts are pushing for the equaliser, but United can see the finish line.

  • Adam Masina
    OffJosé HolebasWatfordWATFORD CHANGE: Masina on for Holebas.
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  • Adam Masina
    OnAdam MasinaWatford

WATFORD CHANGE: Masina on for Holebas.

  • Scott McTominay
    OffAlexis SánchezManchester UnitedUNITED CHANGE: McTominay on for Sanchez.
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  • Scott McTominay
    OnScott McTominayManchester United

UNITED CHANGE: McTominay on for Sanchez.

  • Antonio Valencia
    Yellow cardAntonio ValenciaManchester UnitedValencia booked for hand ball.
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Valencia booked for hand ball.


Martial races free and tries to burst into the box, but Kabasele makes a crucial last-gasp challenge to deny him.


United counter with Martial on the right. He feeds it into Lukaku who tries to play in Sanchez... but Cathcart gets across to make a vital challenge before the Chilean can get a clear shot away.


Holebas fires another dangerous corner into the box. This time Fellaini does brilliantly to hook it away from inside his own six-yard box.


Holebas drifts a free kick into the mix, but Lindelof is there to nod it to safety. Watford looking to keep the pressure on...


Doucouré slips as he looks to have a pop from 25 yards. As a result it flies horribly wide.


STAT: Doucouré has been involved in two goals in two PL games against United at Vicarage Road (one goal, one assist).

  • Kiko
    OffDaryl JanmaatWatfordWATFORD CHANGE: Femenia on for Janmaat.
  • Kiko

WATFORD CHANGE: Femenia on for Janmaat.

  • Anthony Martial
    OffJesse LingardManchester UnitedUNITED CHANGE: Martial on for Lingard.
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  • Anthony Martial
    OnAnthony MartialManchester United

UNITED CHANGE: Martial on for Lingard.


Deeney thinks he's been booked, but it's actually Matic who is cautioned for a foul in the build up during a Watford attack.


There's a sudden change in the air here. Watford have renewed belief and United, who were cruising, have a real battle on their hands.


That was Gray's second of the season and it changes the complexion of this match. Watford and the crowd are buzzing.

  • Andre Gray
    GoalAndre GrayWatfordGOAL! Gray side-foots into the roof of the net after United had failed to deal with a cut back from the left.
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GOAL! Gray side-foots into the roof of the net after United had failed to deal with a cut back from the left.


Smalling does brilliantly to get his head on Holebas' dangerous corner as Capoue came flying in.


STAT: Mourinho has won five of his six PL showdowns with Watford, losing just once.


Roberto Pereyra hovers over a 25-yard free kick. He eventually steps up and sends it sailing over the top. As you were.



It's end to end now. The game is quite stretched, but we've yet to have a chance of significant note in this half.


PHOTO: Lukaku bundles home.

Watford-Manchester United, Premier League 2018-2019: Romelu Lukaku realizza, col fianco destro, il gol che apre il match (Imago)

Pogba drifts in from the left and arrows a thumping effort way off target from 20 yards out.


And... back to the kit discussion...


Watford have started brightly, but United look still look very comfortable.

Watford-Manchester United: Romelu Lukaku, autore del gol che ha aperto il match (Imago)
  • 2nd Half

KICK OFF! Watford restart the match.

  • End of 1st Half

HT: Watford 0-2 Man United. Goals from Lukaku and Smalling have put United in the driving seat.


Almost three. Lingard floats a lovely right-wing cross to Pogba who meets it on the volley at the far post, but Foster is once again there to deny him with his legs.


Watford have offered very little in response. United have bossed it and looked even stronger since taking the lead.

  • Chris Smalling
    GoalChris SmallingManchester UnitedGOAL! Smalling makes it two as he chests and volleys Fellaini's nod down home.
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GOAL! Smalling makes it two as he chests and volleys Fellaini's nod down home.


Pogba attacks the resulting corner with a shot on the turn but sees the goalbound attempt deflected away by Deeney.

  • José Holebas
    Yellow cardJosé HolebasWatfordPogba takes Sanchez's pass in his stride and unleashes a swerving thunderbolt that Foster tips over the bar. Meanwhile, Holebas has gone in the book.
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Pogba takes Sanchez's pass in his stride and unleashes a swerving thunderbolt that Foster tips over the bar.

Meanwhile, Holebas has gone in the book.


STAT: United have won the last 24 PL games when they have netted the opening goal.

  • Romelu Lukaku
    GoalRomelu LukakuManchester UnitedGOAL! Lukaku bundles Young's cross into the net from close range.
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GOAL! Lukaku bundles Young's cross into the net from close range.

  • Étienne Capoue
    Yellow cardÉtienne CapoueWatfordCapoue booked for tripping Lingard in full flow.
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Capoue booked for tripping Lingard in full flow.


At the other end Hughes manufactures a yard of space but sees a 25-yard strike well blocked.


Sanchez jinks beyond a couple of Watford challenges and unleashes a super strike that Foster manages to push over.


More good play from Watford ends with Fellaini blocking Doucouré 's 25-yard strike.


Holebas' left-wing corner is easily defended by the visitors. Watford kep it alive though and Holebas with try again with a long throw...


DID YOU KNOW? Sanchez has scored three and provided three assists in his five Premier League appearances against Watford.


United keep the pressure on. Matic clips a lovely ball over the top from the right, but Sanchez is correctly flagged offside as he tucks it home. No goal.


Young whips a devilish left-wing corner in the danger zone. Foster flaps at it, but no-one in a United shirt is near enough to take advantage.


Lukaku maintains possession on the left wing and then teases a smart pass into the path of Matic. The midfielder glides to the byline but can't pick anyone out with an attempted cut back that is easily blocked.


STAT: United have won just one of their last four Premier League away games, losing two of them.


What a save! A long, diagonal ball causes problems in the United defence. Fellaini can't quite clear and Deeney lets fly from just inside the area with a stinging shot that De Gea somehow pushes over the bar.


HOME COMFORTS: Watford have tallied 23 points at home since Javi Gracia took charge in February. That's more than any other side in that period. To cap it, the Hornets have won four straight home matches in the top-flight for the first time since 1986.


Brilliant foot work from Hughes as he bamboozles a trio of United defenders before firing in a low shot that De Gea is equal to.


Pogba fakes the shot and turns onto his left foot before drilling in a low effort that Foster is down well to smother.


STAT: The Hornets Watford have managed just one shut out in their last seven Premier League matches.


Lingard leads a United break but sees his pocket picked by Holebas before he can make a pass of note. Good recovery from the Watford man.


Ton up Pogba - but can he mark it with a special performance?


Young peels free on the left but miscues his attempted cross and sees it trundle tamely into the hands of Foster. Cue amused cheers from the home faithful.


Fellaini's defensive header drops kindly for Abdoulaye Doucouré who sees a dipping effort fizz off target.


Luke Shaw is not involved today, but he's cheering on his teammates nonetheless.


Ben Foster has to be alert to fend off Lukaku after the Belgian almost collected Sanchez's clipped ball in-behind.


Head-to-head: Watford have won just one of their last 15 matches with United in all competitions. They have suffered defeat on 14 occasions, but did triumph 3-1 on home turf as recently 2016.


Lots of talk about the visitors' kit on social media. It's not that positive either!

  • 1st Half

KICK OFF! United get the contest underway.


HIGH FIVE? Watford have won their first four top-flight matches at the start of a new campaign for only the second time. The first occasion they did it was in 1988-89. Can they make it five in a row and join Chelsea and Liverpool in the 100 per cent club once again?

Le coach de Watford, Javi Gracia

DID YOU KNOW? Jose Holebas has been involved in more goals than any other Premier League player this term. The former Greece international has notched one goal and provided four assists.

Jose Holebas of Watford celebrates with teammates

Meanwhile, Watford head coach Javi Gracia is refusing to accept United are struggling after a patchy start to the new season. August's manager of the month told reporters: "Last season they [Manchester United] were second in the table and for me it's a very good team, a very good coach and it will be a very demanding game. But playing at Vicarage Road we feel strong and we think we are able to beat all the teams. We are in a good moment, we are enjoying it, we know in the future things may change but this is a good moment for us."

Le coach de Watford, Javi Gracia, élu entraineur du mois en Premier League

There's been plenty of talk about Jose Mourinho's relationship with Paul Pogba over recent months. The France star seems to constantly feature in the gossip columns, but Mourinho insists all is well. He told reporters: "He (Pogba) never told me he wants to leave. Never. So, I can only comment on what is real for me, not in what I read, not in what I listen. I have no direct relation with the people that write or the people that listen. I have a direct relation with the players – not (just) Paul, the players – and he never told me he wants to leave."


Watford are unchanged from the 2-1 win over Tottenham prior to the international break. United bring back Ashley Young to replace Luke Shaw, who isn't in the match-day squad following his head injury playing for England. Incidentally, Young scored twice against his former club when the Red Devils won 4-2 at Watford last season.

Ashley Young of Manchester United celebrates scoring the first goal during the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester United at Vicarage Road on November 28, 2017 in Watford, England

CONFIRMED TEAMS - WATFORD: Foster, Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas, Doucoure, Capoue, Hughes, Pereyra, Gray, Deeney... Subs: Gomes, Mariappa, Success, Masina, Sema, Chalobah, Femenia. /// MAN UNITED: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Lindelof, Young, Pogba, Fellaini, Matic, Sanchez, Lukaku, Lingard... Subs: Grant, Bailly, Mata, Martial, Fred, Darmian, McTominay. 


Hello and welcome to LIVE updates of the Premier League clash between Watford and Manchester United. Will the Hornets add to Jose Mourinho's woes by extending their winning start to the league season? Or will the Red Devils continue to steady the ship after early season blips at Brighton and at home to Spurs? Kick off 17:30 BST.

Signage outside of Watford's Vicarage Road Stadium