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Watford 4-1 Manchester United – Premier League Player Ratings

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Vicarage Road Stadium brings you all the player ratings of this fresh Premier League fixture between Watford and Manchester United.

Manchester United players returned from the international break to face Watford in this fresh Premier League fixture. A defeat for the Red Devils to Manchester City before the two-week break had built tremendous pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Hornets on the other hand had just won one game out of their previous four fixtures and Claudio Ranieri looked to achieve something from this fixture. And they managed to stun their opponents with an incredible performance. Cristiano Ronaldo and his side had a memorable evening to forget.

The hosts built immense pressure from the beginning of the game and the visitors were unable to withstand it. Just seven minutes from the start, Watford were awarded a penalty as McTominay went for a clumsy challenge on King.

De Gea saved Sarr’s first attempt which was then blasted in by Kiko Femenia, but the goal was disallowed due to a rule break from the full-back. The Spanish goalkeeper pulled a miracle save as he blocked Sarr’s second attempt with the retaken penalty.

However, the home side’s continues attacking efforts were rewarded in the 29th minute as King scored the opening goal of the game. Then just before the halftime whistle, Sarr redeemed himself with a thumping strike past De Gea for the second goal for his side.

Ronaldo could not do it by himself.

After the halftime team talk, there was a competitive spirit in the away team as Solskjaer brought on Van de Beek and Martial for a change. The Dutch substitute immediately made an impact as Ronaldo helped him bag one goal for the visiting team.

A floating cross from Sancho was precisely connected by the leaping Portuguese great towards Van de Beek. The latter made no mistake to head the ball past Foster for opening their account.

Regardless of efforts from Ronaldo and his teammates, Man Utd could not capitalise on their goal as Watford brushed them aside in the last phase of the game. Further goals from substitute Joao Pedro and Dennis in the injury time completely humiliated the visiting lads.

With back-to-back defeats in the Premier League, the Red Devils now drop down to the seventh rank on the table. Whereas, Watford stand 16th in the league with 13 points just above Leeds.

Player ratings 

Watford: Foster (7), Kiko (8), Cathcart (7), N’Koulou (7), Masina (8), Sissoko (5), Sarr (8), Louza (6), Cleverley (6), Dennis (9), King (9). 

Bench: Troost-Ekong (6), Hernandez (6), Pedro (8).

Manchester United: De Gea (6), Wan-Bissaka (4), Lindelof (5), Maguire (4), Shaw (5), McTominay (4), Matic (5), Sancho (5), Fernandes (4), Rashford (4), Ronaldo (7).

Bench: Van de Beek (8), Martial (5), Dalot (6), Lingard (6).  

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