But an uneventful first half would give way to a frenzied first 15 minutes of the second as De Gea suffered a lapse in concentration. It was a bitter pill for Watford to swallow after an impressive first-half performance, but things took a turn for the worse for the Hornets on 52 minutes, when Deeney's equalising goal was ruled out for handball after a VAR review. Jose: I'll check Bale reaction in Madrid; What did papers say? vs Watford. And United rubbed salt into Watford wounds six minutes later. Created with Sketch. The first half was very, very poor from both sides, it was too slow, like a testimonial. Only six managers have won their first two home games against the Red Devils in the Premier League, most recently Antonio Conte in 2017. Watford vs Man Utd is live on Renault Super Sunday from 1pm; kick-off 2pm. As it was, Pearson's side ought to have trailed at half-time as, after Dan James failed to find the run of Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial did so at the second attempt, but when clean through on goal, Lingard could only lift his shot over the onrushing Ben Foster and onto the top of the net. "We've been close for ages now. United have been crying out for someone who relishes that creative role in midfield, and Fernandes seems to fit the bill with each passing game. Since then, the Red Devils have had 31 shots from direct free-kicks, more than any other side in the competition. Fernandes released Martial in behind the Watford defence and, after seeing his initial effort saved by Foster, the Frenchman regained possession and lofted an audacious effort over the exposed Hornets stopper. But we showed commitment and mental strength to try to win the game. Manchester City take on struggling Watford in their final Premier League away game of the season. The United full-back recently showed his qualities to keep Raheem Sterling quiet during the Manchester derby, but he will be having nightmares of Deulofeu running at him on Sunday night. By Patrick Surlis . Greenwood and Fernandes broke away on the counter and exchanged passes before the promising youngster fired an emphatic third in off the crossbar to wrap the victory, while Watford were sparred further damage when former striker Odion Ighalo struck the post late on. The 26-year-old has only made six appearances this season due to an ankle injury but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not given up on the midfielder returning before the end of 2019. Subs: Chalobah (6), Success (n/a), Pereyra (n/a). ", Watford boss Nigel Pearson: "It was a difficult day for us. Fernandes was hauled to the ground by the on-rushing Foster, leaving referee Martin Atkinson with no option but to the point to the spot, and the Portuguese hopped forward before stroking his first goal for the club into the bottom corner. Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: "Very important [to get back-to-back wins]. So to get six points, two clean sheets in six days in great. We were opened up in the second half, they were clinical with their finishing. Indeed, the visitors failed to have a shot on target in the first half of an away Premier League game for the first time this season. CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-2 (15/2 with Sky Bet). Craig Dawson replaced Adrian Mariappa in Watford’s only change from the 1-1 draw with Brighton. He should be reading that. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side remain four points off fourth-placed Chelsea, who face Tottenham later on Renault Super Sunday. He is showing his personality, he's a Manchester United character who wants to step out at Old Trafford, wants the ball all the time, wants to control the rhythm, help out his team-mates and conduct the play. Manchester United are only the second Premier League team to be awarded 10+ penalties in consecutive seasons, after Crystal Palace (2017/18 & 2018/19). "He's taken his eye off the ball, and that's an easy save," Graeme Souness told Sky Sports. The Frenchman combined with his compatriot Martial to force Foster into his first meaningful save with 14 minutes remaining. "The most important thing today was to try to record our first home win and we've managed to do that against one of the stellar sides in the Premier League. Sunday 18 September 2016 21:15, UK. No side are currently on a longer run without a Premier League clean sheet than Manchester United (12 games). Vicarage RoadAttendance: Attendance21,488. Following their 2-1 win at Man City in their last away game, Man Utd are looking for back-to-back away league wins for the first time since February. Watford 3-1 Man Utd: Jose Mourinho's side suffer third straight defeat. Man Utd: De Gea (7), Wan-Bissaka (7), Lindelof (7), Maguire (7), Shaw (7), Fred (7), Matic (7), Fernandes (9), James (7), Martial (8), Greenwood (7). Watford vs Man City highlights and reaction as Sterling, Foden and Laporte give Blues the win. Watford compounded United's misery with a second four minutes later as, after Aaron Wan-Bissaka brought down Sarr inside the box, captain Troy Deeney blasted home a penalty for his first Premier League goal in nine months. The first half would follow a frustrating script for United, whose attempts to bypass the Watford press resulted in them surrendering possession in dangerous positions time and time again. Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says that his side looked fit and strong during their 3-0 win over Watford, and he singled new singing Bruno Fernandes out for special praise. Wan-Bissaka appeared preoccupied with the wideman when Sarr nipped in on his blindside to win the crucial penalty. Premier League. Watford "We started the game slow. Watford travel to face Sheffield United away on Boxing Day; kick-off at 3pm. You have to earn every point on the pitch and today we didn't deserve that. "We've got ground to make up on the other teams, but if we show that willingness to work hard as a team, I think we've got a realistic chance of getting out of the difficulties that we're in.". The Spaniard produced 29 passes into the opposition half, more than any other player and his 65 touches were more than any of his team-mates. Watford Watford host Premier League leaders Liverpool on Saturday Night Football at 5.30pm, live on Sky Sports.