The black series continues. Watford humiliated Manchester United |

Manchester United in the match of the 12th round of the Premier League did not manage to make an equal fight with Watford hanging over the relegation zone and lost as much as 1: 4.

The break for the national team meetings allowed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s charges to forget about the terrible last weeks and return to the fight for league points with renewed energy, but none of this was reflected on the pitch of Vicarage Road. The “Red Devils” came out in the well-known 4-2-3-1 setup, but apart from the occasional attempt at a perpendicular overlap, they were completely unable to speak, and the first half was completely dominated by Claudio Ranieri’s team.

In the sixth minute, the chaos on the pitch spread to Bruno Fernandes, who mixed in an attempt to clear the volley so that the ball glided into the visitors’ penalty area. Scott McTominay got into a scuffle and dragged his rival to the ground floor, prosecuting eleven. The lime ball was set by Ismaila Sarr, but his intentions were read by David de Gea, only for the kicked ball to be successfully attacked by Kiko Femenia. A Watford player rushed into the penalty area, but as Aaron Wan-Bissaka did the same, Jonathan Moss decided to cancel the goal and repeat the penalty. Ismaila Sarr did the eleven again, but he did it even worse than the first time and David de Gea became a hero again.

It was difficult to find any sobering up in the game of “Red Devils” – it was Watford still winning most of the rebounds and second balls, making dangerous counterattacks. A faster attack in the 23rd minute resulted in a corner kick and the ball hit Joshua King’s feet – his shot was blocked in time by Harry Maguire. In the 28th minute, the visiting captain had to save the team again after Nemanja Matić lost the ball to Sarr.

A moment later, the long play of Watford brought a goal effect – Aaron Wan-Bissak managed to raise the throw-in from the depths, but Emmanuel Dennis, who played to Joshua King, was well positioned, and this time he was right.

The visitors were able to respond quickly thanks to Marcus Rashford, who wanted to finish off Bruno Fernandes’ long pass with a volley, but Ben Foster intervened brilliantly. The next quarter of an hour was the continued domination of Watford, who showed greater determination in every aspect. In the 41st minute King should have used Masina’s good work on the wing, but his header shot was easily parried by De Gea, and Moussa Sissoko’s rebound was inaccurate.

“Hornets” did their best to seal their advantage before the break and it was done “to the locker room” – Kiko broke under the end line on the right flank and retracted the ball to Ismaili Sarra, who hit precisely on the ground at the far post, doubling the lead .

During the break, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to delegate Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek to the square and it was the Dutchman who quickly came to the fore. In the 50th minute the ball on the right flank was picked up by Jadon Sancho, he crossed the ball straight at the head of Cristiano Ronaldo, who consciously played along the goal to the unmasked Van de Beek, who had to direct the ball to the net.

In the 55th minute, Van de Beek sent Sancho on the wing with a great pass, and he threw the ball to the undiscovered Bruno Fernandes, who volleyed past the post. Moments later, the Dutchman again showed off his perpendicular play, this time to Cristiano Ronaldo, who, in a one-on-one situation, shot straight at the goalkeeper. In the 67th minute Nemanja Matić tried to use his first-ball pass, but he fired near the post.

The Red Devils were brutally wrenched from the attack by Harry Maguire, who in the 63rd minute knocked the opponent down in the fight for the top ball, writing down in the referee’s notebook, and in the 69th minute he inexplicably lost control of the ball and saved himself with a foul on Tom Cleverley, excluding himself from game.

Despite playing in weakness, the visitors still managed to create goal situations – in the 72nd minute, Ronaldo was served by Van de Beek with a beautiful twisted pass, in the 76th minute Jadon Sancho had a great cross on the Portuguese head, and in the 79th Ronaldo’s withdrawal from the 16th place should result in a goal for Bruno Fernandes, however, the midfielder clearly was short of a day and carried the ball over the bar.

The last quarter of an hour definitely belonged to the hosts who managed to sting successfully twice in extra time. In the 92nd minute, Anthony Martial lost the ball in his own half, Emmanuel Dennis ran to Joao Pedro, who used Victor Lindelof’s indecision and defeated David de Gea with a flat shot in the short corner. In the 96th minute, the performance of both teams was summed up by Dennis – Ben Foster’s long kick turned out to be too much of a challenge for Nemanja Maticio and Diogo Dalot, who then could not catch up with Dennis and the Nigerian flawlessly finished the action with a shot at the far post.

Watford FC – Manchester United 4: 1 (2: 0)
Goals: King 28 ′, Sarr 45 ′, Joao Pedro 92 ′, Dennis 96 ′ – van de Beek 50 ′

Watford: Foster, Femenia, N’koulou (Troost-Ekong 63 ′), Cathcart, Masina, Cleverley, Sissoko, Louza (Joao Pedro 77 ′), Sarr (Cucho 68 ′), Dennis, King

Man Utd: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Shaw (Dalot 85 ′), McTominay (van de Beek 46 ′), Matic, Sancho (Lingard 91 ′), Bruno, Rashford (Martial 46 ′), Ronaldo

About David Martin

David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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