Only a win was missing from today’s game at Vicarage Road, as an afternoon filled with thrills, excitement and disappointment ended 2-1 to an unconvincing Manchester United Side.
From the offset both goalkeepers were in for a challenging day at the office, however, it was Ben Foster who came into action first, preventing one of several shots from Romelu Lukaku in the second minute.
After the early stages, it was Javi Gracia’s team who were looking the strongest and playing the better football.
The home side who in their last game went a goal down to Spurs, did so again today. Following an Etienne Capoue ‘tactical’ foul on Jesse Lingard, an Ashley Young 35th minute cross was enough for Lukaku to pick out the ball.
Foster briefly prevented the inevitable as he kept out another powerful effort from Pogba, however, the resultant ball in couldn’t be stopped. Marouane Fellaini made use the of the time he had, controlling the ball and putting in a cross for Chris Smalling to easily score from.
United went for a third before the half time whistle, but were denied by an excellent Ben Foster, again keeping out Pogba, this time with his legs.
The Hornets came out a whole new team in the second half and with early efforts from Roberto Pereyra.
The chances kept on coming after the break and in the 64th minute, Watford capitalised. Abdoulaye Doucouré the provider, Andre Gray the goal scorer. The Englishman put the Hornets right back in the game, slotting away nicely from a brilliant ball from his French colleague.
Nemanja Matić was shown a second yellow by referee Mike Dean, who himself was questionable. The ten-man advantage was the perfect excuse to equalise. From Craig Cathcart’s blocks at the back, to the Will Hughes ball which saw Christian Kabasele force David De Gea into a marvellous save at the front, Watford very nearly savoured a point from a game which won’t be forgotten easily.