Watford – Manchester United
15 September 2018, 17:30
England. Premier League. Matchday 5
Stadium Vicarage Road Stadium
Referee Mike Dean
Linesmen Darren CannDaniel Robathan
Reserve referee Paul Tierney
Who will win?
Brighton & Hove Albion
West Ham United
Hi and welcome to the Vicarage Road where United face Watford in a big Premier League clash.
United XI: De Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Matic, Fellaini, Pogba, Lingard, Sanchez, Lukaku.
Watford XI: Foster, Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas, Doucoure, Capoue, Hughes, Pereyra, Gray, Deeney.
Watford are one of just three teams not to drop any points thus far and they'll look to keep pace with Chelsea and Liverpool. United need a win as they lost two out of four games thus far.
United are without Marcus Rashford, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Phil Jones and Diogo Dalot today. Watford miss Tom Cleverley and Gerard Deulofeu.
Today's visitors have won 14 of the last 15 head-to-head matches between the sides, including both fixtures last season.
Lukaku splits the defence down the middle and receives a long ball but Forster is there to take the chance away.
Doucoure's attempt from outside the box goes wide.
Marouane Fellaini integral for United defence today as the Belgian has been tasked with man-marking Troy Deeney.
An even start to this game, neither side taking control early. In-form Watford are no doubt a tough nut to crack.
Pogba's shot from outside the box. is well-struck but Foster makes a quality save.
A beautiful turn from Huges and a shot very similar to the one by Pogba just seconds ago. De Gea makes an easy save.
De Gea makes a huge save on Deeney! Fellaini's turnover creates problems for the defence and Deeney launches a bomb from just inside the box, De Gea tips it over the bar.
Watford show why exactly are they off to such a great start. They're in excellent shape physically, well-drilled and work hard.
United maintain possession but struggle to create anything in the final third.
Jose Mourinho has gone with a back three today with Fellaini slotting to Smalling's right and Lindelof to his left.
As soon as United reach the final third, they look reluctant to take a chance and make a play.
Watford are now getting on the front foot. United had a good stretch and nothing to show for it.
There's a chance for Alexis who gets around two defenders only to see Foster parry away his attempt.
Capoue takes down Lingard to stop Untied's break and gets booked.
GOOOAAAL!!! Young's cross from the left deflects off some part of Lukaku's body and goes in! Not the prettiest goal but United will take it.
Lukaku did a great job there staying onside and getting his hands out of the way. Watford players were arguing there and Holebas got booked.
Foster makes the save on Pogba's bullet from just outside the box.
GOOOAAAL! United cruising, Mourinho ecstatic! A cross from the right flank finds Feillaini at the far side of the area, he heads it back to Smalling who smashes it home!!! That was a goalscorer's finish from the centre-back!
United actually scored four against the Hornets at this venue last November.
United have the swagger and the confidence again. Great football from them.
Two minutes added on.
Lingard's cross finds Pogba but the Frenchman's volley is stopped by Foster!!! It could've very well been four already.
That's it for the first half! United incredible in the last 20 minutes, they're proving to be just too much for the Hornets
We're back underway. The officials were late to come out, which is interesting considering there were plenty of appeals from the Watford players in the first half and as the teams were headed for the tunnel.
Watford win a free-kick on the right flank.
Watford have come out of the gates hard in this half…
United have regained control, again looking to pass their way into the box.
Valencia fouls Pereyra about 25 yards away from goal.
Pereyra takes it himself but it goes too high.
Lukaku is sprung by Pogba but Kabasele stays with the striker to make sure he doesn't get more than a corner out of it.
Holebas' corner kick creates a problem for United but Smalling heads it away for another corner kick
GOAL! Gray rifles one from 14 yards away into the top corner to make it a game again.
A well-deserved goal for the Hornets, too, who have been the better side for quite some time.
Deeney is down in the box but the ref says play on.
Watford players dropping like flies all over the plays but Mike Dean is not buying any of that.
Deeney is booked for a foul on Fellaini. Seems like the Belgian got under the striker's skin…
Martial replaces Lingard. Femenia comes on for Janmaat.
United are under siege now. Anxious times…
Doucoure fires away but misses. Martial looks out of place so far.
Correction: Deeney hasn't been booked. Actually, it was Matic who was cautioned for a foul earlier in the play.
United have dealt with set pieces well so far.
United counter-attack after a corner kick: Martial to Lukaku to Sanchez but Cathcart is there to clear and save the day for the Hornets.
Martial fights his way inside the box but Kabasele's last-ditch sliding tackle denies him the opportunity.
Valencia is booked for hand-ball.
Alexis makes way for McTominay.
United are calming the game down very well. Not much running room for the Hornets.
Martial's sharp-angle flick (not sure if that was a shot or pass) goes just wide.
Former United man Cathcart is replaced by Success.
Doucoure goes for it from way out, De Gea saves it really well.
Three minutes added on.
Fellaini and Lindelof provide critical defensive plays inadded time.
Bailly replaces Valencia.
Matic gets a second yellow and he's sent off!
Jose Mourinho seems like he was that close to the sending off of his own but he stopped just at the right time.
Last chance for Watford but De Gea denies Kabasele's close-range header!!! Ref says there's time for another corner.
And this is it! United survive late to halt Watford's winning run.
Romelu Lukaku Ben Foster
Chris Smalling Ben Foster
Andre Gray David De Gea
Anthony Martial On Jesse Lingard Off
Kiko Femenía On Daryl Janmaat Off
Scott McTominay On Alexis Sánchez Off
Adam Masina On José Holebas Off
Isaac Success On Craig Cathcart Off
Eric Bailly On Antonio Valencia Off