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IMPRESSIVE: Watford end poor run of form with win against Manchester United

 Published on: 22nd December 2019   |   By: Tim Green   |   Category: Watford FC

A brilliant second half from Watford sees them pick up their first three points since November, after goals from Ismaila Sarr and Troy Deeney were enough to beat Manchester United at Vicarage Road.

New manager Nigel Pearson named an unchanged eleven that lost away at Liverpool last weekend.

The visitors had the first opportunity when Dan James found space on the right hand side, Anthony Martial got to the end of his driven cross, but it didn’t harm Ben Foster’s goal.

Watford did have the ball in the net on the 17th minute when Abdoulaye Doucoure’s effort went past David De Gea, but the linesman had raised his flag to stop the Hornets’ celebrations.

The best chance of the first half came to United’s Jesse Lingard when he found himself through on goal, his lobbed effort beat Foster but also the crossbar.

The breakthrough came on the 50th minute when Christian Kabasele flicked on the ball from a free-kick, and Sarr’s effort looked easy for De Gea, but a goalkeeping error meant Watford took the lead.

A few moments later it got even better for Pearson’s side when Sarr was brought down, and the captain, Deeney, made no mistake from 12 yards.

Manchester United brought on Mason Greenwood and Paul Pogba in an attempt to turn their fortunes around but apart from a few chances for the Red Devils, Foster was rarely brought into action.

Deeney said after the game that this win will give everyone belief.

“This win will give everyone confidence. The fans deserved that, and the players did too.

“If you want to beat us, you’re going to have to work very, very hard for it” Said the Watford captain.

The victory leaves Watford still at the bottom of the Premier League table, although they do look to be in a lot healthier position than what they did at the start of play today.

It’s Sheffield United at Bramall Lane next up for them, where they’ll look to build up some momentum to kickstart their fightback. 

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