EPL WEEK5: United’s Lukaku, Smalling quick doubled to defeat Watford

Man Utd hold on to beat Watford after Matic ‘ s late red card towards the end of game.

Manchester United have won just one of last four Premier League away games

FULL TIME: WATFORD 1-2 MANCHESTER UNITED

Romelu Lukaku is a goal machine. Scored that goal with his abs!

Lukaku chests in Young’s cross, Smalling hooks in volley.

Gray rifles in Doucoure cut-back to give Watford hope & Matic second yellow in injury time.
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Unbeaten Watford unchanged, Man Utd replace injured Shaw with Young
Watford have won first four league games of a season for first time in top flight.

Manchester United have won just one of last four Premier League away games

-Is that the first goal in the history of the Premier League deliberately scored by use of the belly button?

– No offside and no handball. Watford were outraged over nothing.

‘A striker’s finish by Smalling’
Watford 0-2 Man Utd

18:24
FULL-TIME
Watford 1-2 Man Utd

90 mins +5
Watford 1-2 Man Utd
The corner is drilled in. David de Gea under pressure but he bats it away…

90 mins +4
GREAT SAVE!
Watford 1-2 Man Utd
The keeper’s up. Ben Foster at the back stick.
Will Hughes delivers and David de Gea tips a header away – a superb, vital stop to deny Christian Kabasele.

90 mins +4
RED CARD
Watford 1-2 Man Utd
Nemanja Matic is sent off – a second yellow card – after he brings down Will Hughes on the far side. The ref judged it as being deliberate.
Watford will have one final chance.

90 mins +3
Watford 1-2 Man Utd
Kiko Femenia can’t keep a cross-field pass in on the far side. Time is ticking away and frustration building in the stands as David de Gea prepares a goal kick.

19:17
WATFORD 1-2 MAN UTD
88: A final Watford change as Success comes on for Cathcart.

19:16
WATFORD 1-2 MAN UTD
87: CLOSE! A great ball across the face of goal from Martial with Lukaku and Pogba waiting in the mouth to head home, but flies over their heads.

80 mins
Watford 1-2 Man Utd
Into the last 10 we go. It was looking so comfortable for Manchester United. Watford will go big for this.

WATFORD 1-2 MAN UTD

78: Holebas lifts in the free kick but Lindelof heads away the delivery with ease.

19:04
WATFORD 1-2 MAN UTD

77: Free kick to Watford as Smalling is penalised for a foul on Deeney. It’s over the right, just outside the area, and in a great position.

19:03
WATFORD 1-2 MAN UTD

75: A snapshot effort from Doucoure who is waiting outside the area for a Pereyra cut back. However, he cannot get his feet right as the slow shot lifts over the crossbar.

19:02
WATFORD 1-2 MAN UTD

73: A superb start from Femenia! His first touch was a run down the right flank, but his cross doesn’t quite reach the waiting Deeney, before another pinpoint cross into the area is cleared by Smalling ahead of the Watford captain.

WATFORD 1-2 MAN UTD

71: First changes of the game as Lingard is replaced by Martial for Man Utd.

Watford also make a substitution with Janmaat is replaced by Femenia.

18:58
WATFORD 1-2 MAN UTD

70: A yellow card for Deeney now after a challenge on Fellaini. His first booking of the season.

18:57
WATFORD 1-2 MAN UTD

69: NO PENALTY! Pereyra goes down in the area after a tackle from Lindelof with the home fans crying out for a penalty. However, Mike Dean waves away the claims.

On replay, it looks to be the right decision as there wasn’t a whole lot of contact.

18:56
GRAY STRIKES BACK

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18:56
WATFORD 1-2 MAN UTD

67: A penalty perhaps?… There are calls from Watford as Deeney goes down after going up against Fellaini in the area – there appeared to be an elbow involved – but nothing is given.

18:53
GOAL! WATFORD 1-2 MAN UTD (Gray, 65)

It’s a great finish from Gray, and Watford are back in this one!

Some superb play from Watford sees Doucoure pull the ball back for Gray at the top of the area who has the time and space to sweep home past De Gea.

He’s unmarked and it’s poor defending from United for the first time this evening.

65 mins
GOAL – Watford 1-2 Man Utd
Andre Gray

64 mins
Watford 0-2 Man Utd
Lovely touches again from Paul Pogba. Those deep reserves of talent are reaching the surface today. Romelu Lukaku instantly controls but Alexis Sanchez isn’t on the same wavelength and can’t get to his disguised pass.
17:52
‘Watford should have a penalty’
Watford 0-2 Man Utd

Troy Deeney is asking why he didn’t get a penalty. Chris Smalling is all over him at the corner, he’s been doing it all game. That should be a penalty, Mike Dean is having a good game but he’s missing a lot of shirt pulling.

62: CLOSE! A good delivery from Holebas as it is nearly poked home – coming off the head of Smalling – but the United defender sees the ball over the crossbar.

18:49
WATFORD 0-2 MAN UTD

61: Some good play from Gray and Deeney as they combine to win Watford a corner up against Lindelof and Young on the baseline.

18:48
WATFORD 0-2 MAN UTD

60: Free kick for Man Utd now as Doucoure fouls Pogba. They try to take it short and quick to catch Watford off-guard, but it doesn’t quite come off.

18:47
WATFORD 0-2 MAN UTD

59: A wonderful forward ball from Pogba for Lukaku as he tries to get the better of Kabasele, but he doesn’t quite manage it as the Watford defender puts the ball behind for a corner.

18:45
WATFORD 0-2 MAN UTD

56: Pereyra takes but it flies over the crossbar. No dip on that whatsoever.

18:44
WATFORD 0-2 MAN UTD

55: Free kick for Watford near to the top right corner as Pereyra is fouled by Valencia. It’s a good spot for the hosts.

18:43
WATFORD 0-2 MAN UTD

54: United are playing some nice football, but are yet to make too much of it yet this half. Very similar to the first!

At the other end, Holebas whips a ball into the area but Smalling is there to clear.

18:40
WATFORD 0-2 MAN UTD

51: Free kick to Man Utd just inside their own half as Lukaku is fouled by Kabasele.

51 mins
Watford 0-2 Man Utd
Alexis Sanchez dinks in a nice cross and Etienne Capoue does well to adjust and head clear.
Paul Pogba picks up the loose ball and blazes a shot wildly over the bar. Jose Mourinho applauds encouragement from his seat.
‘Early Watford goal changes everything’

Watford 0-2 Man Utd
If Watford get an early goal then the crowd will get behind them and it will be much easier. It looks like Gracia is going to give it 10-15 minutes but I would be looking at Nathaniel Chalobah and Isaac Success if they don’t get an early goal.
Watford have got to ruffle them, get in their faces and not let them dictate the tempo.

48 mins
Watford 0-2 Man Utd
Jose Holebas with the delivery – which doesn’t beat the first man, headed clear. Watford do well to recycle possession and launch in again, Marouane Fellaini fencing away this time.

47 mins
Watford 0-2 Man Utd
Nice touch from Will Hughes, perfect control and quick feet to get away from Ashley Young, winning a free-kick.
It’s wide on the right wing. Troy Deeney is lurking in the box.

46 mins
KICK-OFF
Watford 0-2 Man Utd
We’re back under way at Vicarage Road. No changes at the break.

WATFORD 0-2 MANCHESTER UNITED

HALF TIME

WATFORD 0-2 MAN UTD

45+2: SAVE!! Again from Foster, who is keeping Watford in this one.

Lingard lashes a fine ball through the box and it reaches Pogba at the back post who tries a placed finished, but Foster reads it well and it comes off his body before going behind.

18:15
ON THE MARK

18:15
WATFORD 0-2 MAN UTD

45: Two minutes of added time.

18:13
WATFORD 0-2 MAN UTD

43: United have looked solid since their two goals, with not too much in the way of a reply from Watford just yet.

18:12
SMALLING ADDS SECOND

18:10
LUKAKU OPEN

– Lukaku is a goal machine. Scored that goal with his abs!

-Is that the first goal in the history of the Premier League deliberately scored by use of the belly button?

– No offside and no handball. Watford are outraged over nothing.
‘A striker’s finish by Smalling’
Watford 0-2 Man Utd

Really good finish from Smalling, centre half finishing like a centre forward. He does ever so well, chests it, turns and smashes it past Foster.
Watford asleep to the second ball, if you don’t win the first ball you’ve got to win the second.

38 mins
GOAL – Watford 0-2 Man Utd
Chris Smalling

36 mins
GREAT SAVE
Watford 0-1 Man Utd
The Hornets went behind to Spurs…
But here come Manchester United again as Paul Pogba forces a fine save from Ben Foster.

17:07
36’Kabasele at fault’
Watford 0-1 Man Utd

Lukaku isn’t offside, one of the Watford players stays too deep. Kabasele didn’t deal with the first ball from free kick, slipped and maybe had a little loss of concentration. When the ball came back in he didn’t push up wit the rest of his defence and Lukaku had an easy tap in.

35 mins
GOAL Watford 0-1 Man Utd
Romelu Lukaku
It’s scrappy, but who’s gonna remember that?
It’s so simple too – easily avoided from a Watford perspective. The home side fail to clear a free-kick, it comes back out to Ashley Young and Romelu Lukaku is in acres of space to bundle the ball home any which way he can, off his chest.
Jose Holebas has picked up a yellow – I think for complaining to the ref that Lukaku used a hand.

34 mins
YELLOW CARD
Watford 0-0 Man Utd
Etienne Capoue drags back Jesse Lingard as the Manchester United man was driving away on the counter attack. Clear as day – in the book he goes.

31 mins
CLOSE!
Watford 0-0 Man Utd
Cool as a cucumber from Chris Smalling as he dinks a header back to his keeper in a challenge on Troy Deeney inside his own box.
One big pump up the park finds Romelu Lukukau, he lays off to Alexis Sanchez and the Chilean drives into the box, forcing a good save from Ben Foster who tips over the bar.

-Sanchez looks like he’s lost a yard of pace. Doesn’t seem to be able to beat his man in the way he used to in an Arsenal shirt.
– Alex Sanchez is struggling to make a positive contribution. I hope he rediscovers his mojo…
– Once Sanchez clicks United will be much better.

29 mins
Watford 0-0 Man Utd
Corner Watford. Jose Holebas, pretender to the assist throne, with a deep one to the far post that is cleared comfortably. Antonio Valencia then pings the ball straight to a Watford shirt on the far side.
Holebas finds himself with another chance to deliver a long throw. He gives it the big build-up but plays it small and short, as Roberto Pereyra overhits a cross.
Short on real quality this so far – both sides.

WATFORD 0-0 MAN UTD

27: Not the best from Deeney as he picks up a loose pass in the middle of the park and looks to set Gray off on goal, but he has two pink shirts around him and they get to the ball before the Watford man. Nice idea, bad execution.

17:54
WATFORD 0-0 MAN UTD

24: DISALLOWED GOAL!
NO GOAL! United have the ball into the net but it won’t count.

Matic lofts a lovely ball into the area, but there are a number of United players offside. Sanchez is one of them as he turns and slots home, but the flag is already up for offside and it won’t count.

17:52
WATFORD 0-0 MAN UTD

22: Man Utd appear to have stifled the Watford attack after a busy few minutes, seeing plenty of the ball, but they’ve done very little with it up top.

17:49
WATCH: DE GEA SAVES

17:48
WATFORD 0-0 MAN UTD

19: That shot from Deeney has put the wind into Watford’s sails and they are testing United for the first time in the game. Can they take advantage?

WATFORD 0-0 MAN UTD

15: Mike Dean pulls the game back for a Watford free kick after Lingard goes into the back of Capoue. However, the hosts did have the ball and he could have played the advantage, but decided against that.

17:43
WATFORD 0-0 MAN UTD

13: STRIKE! Some good build-up play around the box from United as Pogba picks up the ball outside the area, and works himself into some space before shooting, but his fierce drive goes straight into the hands of Foster.

It’s a similar story at the other end as Hughes dances past the United defence – leaving Young in his wake – before going for goal, but again, it is straight into the hands of the goalkeeper.

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13 mins
Watford 0-0 Man Utd
Paul Pogba from the edge of the box, there is so much room for him as a back-post cross is recycled by Ashley Young (boos again).
Pogba winds up a drive but it’s pretty soft and easy for Ben Foster to collect.
Down the other end, Will Hughes spins away from Young with a fine touch before failing to really test David de Gea either, another tame shot.

10 mins
Watford 0-0 Man Utd
No signs of a shortage of confidence then from the home side. They’re looking comfortable. No fear. No surprises given the form they’re on.

9 mins
Watford 0-0 Man Utd
Nice work from Watford. It’s slick as they cleanly steal the ball out from underneath Alexis Sanchez, Will Hughes and Abdoulaye Doucoure exchanging in midfield.
Patient now as they go back before Daryl Janmaat finds space to dink in a cross from the right wing, the top of Nemanja Matic’s haircut getting in the way of its destination at the far post.

6 mins
Watford 0-0 Man Utd
Abdoulaye Doucoure’s having a funny five minutes. He gives the ball away here, setting Manchester United off with a chance on the counter. Ashley Young is played in down the left, but the former Watford man (boos again) sees a cross easily fielded by Ben Foster.

4 mins
Watford 0-0 Man Utd
I’m a big fan of Abdoulaye Doucoure but this effort is wild. Always rising as he swipes at a bouncing ball outside the box.

16:34
‘Watford should be wary of United counter’
Watford 0-0 Manu
The key for Watford is when they have they have a good period be clinical and keep the back door shut when they are on top, because Manchester United like to counter attack.

2 mins
CHANCE!
Watford 0-0 Man Utd
There’s work to do already. Ben Foster is out off his line sharpish as Romelu Lukaku just can’t quite bring a magical Alexis Sanchez lofted through ball under his spell. Foster takes the ball cleanly as he dives at feet.
Watford are stacked deep early on but the big Belgian was in regardless.
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Watford 0-0 Man Utd

Good line-up heading into today’s game! Won’t be an easy game especially with how terrifically well Watford have started the season. Gonna need all hands on deck in this one.

1 min
KICK-OFF
Watford 0-0 Man Utd
Here we go! We are under way at Vicarage Road.

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