(Watford – Manchester United 4-1) Joshua King (29) scored for Watford, and contributed greatly to the massive pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjær (48) increasing. Watford played Manchester United.
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“You’re sacked in the morning” sang Watford fans against Solskjær. The translation is hardly necessary, but there are hints that the Manchester United manager will soon be out of work.
It is quite possible that they are right. For this was a new embarrassing performance delivered by the big club, which is now in almost free fall on the Premier League table.
A completely miserable first round of Manchester United laid the foundation for a new loss – the fifth in the last seven league games.
The article is updated.
Substitute Donny van de Beek reduced five minutes into the second half when he headed in a goal from four meters after receiving the ball from Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo was then also played alone by Van De Beek, but Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster saved brilliantly.
A lot was in store for a comeback for Solskjær’s men, but a team completely devoid of confidence and enthusiasm did not get anything.
It didn’t help the situation when captain Harry Maguire received his second yellow card after 69 minutes. First, he lost the ball completely unnecessarily, and then he cut down Tom Cleverley. Without protest, he took off his captain’s armband, jogged past Solskjær and straight into the locker room.
Ronaldo admittedly had a ball in the net, but was clearly offside in advance.
Five minutes were added, but it was not the guests who scored. It was completely deserved Joao Pedro who secured the victory with a goal from a sharp angle two minutes into overtime.
Six minutes of overtime came 4-1. Dennis, also from an angle inside the field, knocked in what could be the nail in the coffin for Solskjær.
Seen with Manchester United, it was a cruel first half on Vicarage Road. King was in full swing from the start, and provided the home team penalty after six minutes.
Missed penalty – twice
An awful clearance by Bruno Fernandes after receiving a great pass from the right sideline, he brought it down and banged it home past Bruno Fernandes’ s reach. King took it on the chest and headed towards the goal when Scott McTominay fell him from behind and the referee awarded a penalty.
Ismaïla Sarr misused the first attempt when De Gea saved, but the return put Kiko Femenía in goal from close range. But the “scoring” had to be VAR-checked. It turned out that Femenia was too early in the field when the penalty was taken, but a little earlier De Gea was also too quickly out of the line. Thus new punishment.
Sarr got the chance again, but once again De Gea saved – and this time he made sure to beat it far from the goal.
The warning was not taken seriously by Manchester United players. They simply did not stick together, neither offensively nor defensively. King, Sarr and Emmanuel Dennis created huge problems for the United defense.
King was close to scoring several times, including when Maguire blocked a shot from six meters. But the score came in the end. Carelessness in the United defense ensured that Dennis had the ball inside the box. He rolled it perfectly to King, who widened in 1-0 after 28 minutes.
Ben Foster saved a rare United chance when he threw himself on a shot from Marcus Rashford, but other than that it was pretty much all about Watford.
King headed straight at De Gea from close range, and Moussa Sissoko blew the rebound just outside.
But then it finally worked out for Sarr just before the break. He got the ball inside the box, and from an oblique angle he knocked it in cash in the farthest corner.