Watford – Manchester: Ronaldo and company crushing defeat. Premier League

Manchester United are at a point where the most important question ahead of any new game is not whether the Red Devils will win, but whether the management will publish a release announcing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the next morning. Cristiano Ronaldo and Co.’s last seven matches have been just two wins, plus two draws and three devastating defeats against Leicester, Liverpool and Manchester City.

Meeting Watford after the national break was supposed to be a great chance to turn a bad card. The hosts cannot match their Saturday rivals in terms of squad depth or individual skills, and in the last seven games they recorded an even worse result: a victory, a draw and five losses. And yet, on the Szerszeni bench is Claudio Ranieri, who is tactically and mentally superior to the Norwegian coach, has richer experience, is also a better motivator … and, by the way, has one more Premier League title.

From the first whistle, the Watford players impressed with their commitment, which finally allowed them to enter the locker room with a two-goal lead. The guests did not seem to be a team that would like to attack, but only play another match and go home. Very high pressing and fast pace Wasp was greeted with thunderous applause from the stands every now and then, which, as always on Vicarage Road, was very loud. In general, however, the cheering of fans does not consist of shouts at the goals of their favorites.

This time the fans had real reasons to celebrate. As early as 11 minutes, the referee Jonathan Moss pointed to the limit and even though Ismaila Sarr wasted a penalty, Kiko Femenia managed to hit the winger. However, the referee ordered the penalty kick to be repeated … and the Senegalese player lost the duel with David de Gea.

The first quarter of an hour was very hot, but later it was even more interesting. It was expected that the Manchester players would wake up after this strike, but it was the hosts who took the lead, taking advantage of their rivals’ apathetic stance. However, there was a lack of quality and, above all, finishing. In the 28th minute, Ranieri’s men finally got their way when Aaron Wan-Bissaka squirmed in his own penalty area, and after Emmanuel Dennis shot the ball, Joshua King had to be replaced with a leg. Shortly before the final whistle of the first game, a huge stone fell from Sarr’s heart, who finally defeated Spain’s United goalkeeper after the fast and consistent action of Femenia and Tom Cleverley.

The Red Devils have already got used to being able to play like a completely different band after the break. Solskjaer took his first-half top soldier, Marcus Rashford, off the pitch, and for him he brought in the one he has not been using permanently since his transfer. It took Donny van de Beek five minutes to give the Norwegian arguments in favor of putting him on the field in the top 11. A good cross into the penalty area landed on the head of Cristiano Ronaldo, he played the ball well to the Dutchman and the visitors caught contact.

The aforementioned two in the following minutes often threatened the well-disposed Ben Foster and it was United who took the initiative, but Harry Maguire decided … to limit their chances of chasing the rival. The captain in the 62nd minute scored a yellow card, and seven minutes later, as the last defender, he got into an unnecessary dribble and had to save himself by an ugly slide. The referee showed him the second yellow card, although he could have drawn the red one right away.

The Red Devils have not lost their temper; van de Beek made no mistakes and kept moving the game forward, overshadowing inaccurate Bruno Fernandes, and Cristiano Ronaldo tried at all costs to improve his shooting performance. He was not lucky – once he defended Foster well, another time the goal was not recognized by an obvious offside, and he was constantly surrounded by defenders.

The 20-time England champion did not manage to reverse the result; although at one point it seemed that the Hornets had lost their strength, kicking Maguire from the field gave them new strength and a lot of faith in victory. Already in added time, they managed to defeat de Gea again thanks to Joao Pedro, who took advantage of the terrible position of the opposition’s defense, and then the score was 4: 1 by assistant in the previous goal – Emmanuel Dennis.

For the hosts, this victory could be a symbolic match in which Ranieri’s paternal hand was visible – the same one who won the league against Leicester. For the guests, another failure may mean farewell to the coach, who has never before been in such a dramatic position at the controls of the club.

Watford – Manchester United 4: 1 (2: 0)

Goals: King 28 ‘, Sarr 44’, Pedro 90 + 2 ‘, Dennis 90 + 6’ – van de Beek 50 ‘

Yellow cards: Louza – McTominay, Maguire

Red card: Maguire (two yellow)

Watford: Foster – Masina, Nkoulou (63 ‘Troost-Ekong), Cathcart, Femenia – Sarr (68’ Cucho), Louza (77 ‘Pedro), Sissoko, Cleverley, Dennis – King

Manchester United: De Gea – Shaw (85 ‘Dalot), Maguire, Lindelof, Wan Bissaka – Matić, McTominay (46’ van de Beek), Rashord (46 ‘Martial), Fernandes, Sancho (90 + 1’ Lingard) – Ronaldo

The results of Saturday’s Premier League matches

Saturday’s games of the 12th rounds of the Premier League began with the hit game between Leicester City and Chelsea. The leader of the table and perhaps the main candidate for the championship title left no illusions to the rival of Legia from LE. You can read more about the Londoners’ victory 3: 0 after the perfect 90 minutes HERE.

Among the remaining matches started at At 4:00 p.m., the debuts on the training benches were particularly noteworthy: Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa and Eddie Howe at Newcastle United. While in the first game we missed goals for a long time, in the second one we saw as many as four in the first half.

Burnley and Crystal Palace players also showed the shooting, which were beaten by Magpies and Brentford – in the first part of the game, goalkeepers had to pull the ball out of the nets five times. West Ham lost an unexpected defeat with Łukasz Fabiański between the goal posts. Przemysław Płatheta watched the Norwich win from the bench, and Jakub Moder played the full 90 minutes against The Villains.

  • Leicester City – Chelsea 0: 3 (0: 2)
  • Aston Villa – Brighton 2: 0 (0: 0)
  • Burnley – Crystal Palace 3: 3 (2: 3)
  • Newcastle – Brentford 3: 3 (2: 2)
  • Norwich – Southampton 2: 1 (1: 1)
  • Wolverhampton – West Ham 1: 0 (0: 0)

About David Martin

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

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