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Watford suffer Old Trafford loss despite dominance

 Published on: 30th March 2019   |   By: Jason Allen   |   Category: Watford FC

Watford suffered a slim defeat at Old Trafford as they lost 2-1 against Manchester United.

Watford FC took on the Red Devils in their first game back following the international break today (Saturday, March 30), and arguably deserved to walk away with at least a point.

It was the Hornets who piled the pressure on in the early minutes of the game, with Doucoure and Troy Deeney both wasting good chances in the opening 15 minutes.

Another chance was squandered by winger Deulofeu in the 20th minute, and just eight minutes later United took the lead through a lofted shot from Marcus Rashford, which went over Watford ‘keeper Foster.

The goal was a disappointing moment for a Watford team who dominated United comfortably away from home in the first half.

There was still plenty to play for when the second half began. Watford began the half much how they did the first, and created two key chances within the first 10 minutes.

Janmaat had a half-chance that sailed over the bar before Deulofeu caused problems down the left flank and cut the ball back to Pereyra on the edge of the box, who tested David De Gea but couldn’t beat the Spain international.

Watford asked serious questions of the Reds for another 20 minutes, but in the 72nd minute, the home side scored against the run of play for a second time and all but secured the win.

The goal came courtesy of Frenchman, Anthony Martial, who latched onto a low Lingard cross and, while his initial shot was denied by a fine Ben Foster save, he easily slotted in the rebound.

Watford maintained their fight to the bitter end and in the 90thminute, their patience was finally rewarded with a goal.

Doucoure played a one-two with Isaac Success before surging into the box and sending his shot past De Gea and into the left-bottom corner.

The goal was in vain though and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was lucky to win his first match as the permanent Man United boss.

Watford, who now sit in 10th place, will be proud of their efforts at Old Trafford, having had 20 shots at goal compared to United’s eight, and created double the amount of chances.

Picture courtesy of Watford FC

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