It was a tricky game for United today as they visited Watford, and they nearly paid the price as well after failing to kill off the match and squandering several opportunities, although it has to be noted that both Rooney and Martial were ruled out of this game, while Memphis was called back in the squad as the front man. United opened the score through the latter on the 11th minute following a brilliant cross from Herrera, but failed to capitalize on the other opportunities and slowly but surely, Watford got in the game as well and forced De Gea into a couple of saves to keep the lead.
The second half saw United threaten again for around 10 minutes or so, before Watford went on the attack and De Gea had to be alert to deny them several times. United proceeded with some counter attacks, but failed to double the lead, and were made to pay for the lack of composure on the 87th minute, after Rojo’s foul in the box resulting in a penalty. Deeney stepped up and confidently dispatched the ball into the net, with what looked like 2 points dropped for United. However, the drama was not yet over, as United pressed on in added time, and Schweinsteiger made the most of Gomes’ save by hitting the the rebound across goal, and Deeney, who so far looked like the hero for Watford, could only slide the ball over the goal line as he raced back to defend, gifting United an unexpected win. It was a big relief for the players and travelling fans as well, but it seems after this game that Van Gaal and Co. will need to teach the players about killing off matches when scoring first, as today luck was on their side, but it will not always be there in critical games and with more tough opponents playing against them.