Watford 1-2 Manchester United: Key talking points from the match

Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw

The Belgium worldwide notched his fourth goal of the campaign for the Red Devils when he bundled home Ashley Young's devilish cross.

Javi Gracia names an unchanged Watford team to the one that beat Spurs before the global break.

While Fellaini missed the majority of the global break with Belgium owing to a back problem, he had worked his way back to full fitness in time for United's meeting with a Watford side with four wins from four in the Premier League.

The result sees United climb to eighth on nine points while the Hornets are fourth.

Mourinho has faced stinging criticism in the first few weeks of the season after defeats by Brighton and Tottenham saw the Red Devils lose ground on title rivals Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester City.

Fellaini helps Jose weather the storm and steady the ship.

This camaraderie and togetherness has pulled United out of the hole in which they found themselves and they now find themselves level on points with the Spurs side that pulled them apart in the second half at Old Trafford just 19 days ago.

"In the second half we decreased our intensity, then the goal happened, then the game is open", he added. The major contributions came from Marouane Fellaini, who had a hand in both goals and did a disciplined job in front of the back four.

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And the Portuguese launched an impassioned defence of his usage of the forward ahead of Saturday's clash with Watford - a match which Rashford will miss through suspension following his red card against Burnley last time out. There's no doubt he was fundamental to repelling Watford's high, diagonal ball tactics while his aerial ability in the opposition's penalty area paid dividends too.

It took a slick passing move to break down United on 65 minutes as Abdoulaye Doucoure and Roberto Pereyra combined down the left flank to set up Gray for a thumping finish into the top corner from the penalty spot. Subs: Femenia 6, Masina n/a, Success n/a.

Obviously Fred wouldn't excel in such a role but perhaps he could feature instead of Nemanja Matic in the midfield three with Paul Pogba. Subs: Martial 6, McTominay n/a. In a campaign which looks like it could be long and laborious for United, he is someone they can rely on to do the necessary graft. The delivery was ideal and Kabasele was there to meet it, but a fantastic save from De Gea ensured that the Red Devils bagged all three points.

But only two goals.

It was very much United's game from the opening kick, with Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku especially lively in the first five minutes.

Buoyant United then almost grabbed a third but Foster saved well from Pogba as Watford kept the score at 2-0 at the break.

"But six goals and defensive mistakes, and then we go to two matches away - hard matches, different stadiums, Burnley, Watford - and I felt that my central defenders they needed, especially in this moment of a bit of instability, they needed somebody to support and to give them the first wall; physicality".

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