Three defeats in a row, a clueless Mourinho on the side lines, and players unable to transcend themselves, this is the current situation in which the Red Devils find themselves. The words of Mourinho at the beginning of this season are no longer matching with the action(s) we are seeing on the pitch, and instead it looks as if we are still in the LVG era, with the team still not really looking like a team, more like individuals playing for the same side, but not communicating with each other, and not knowing on whom to rely on whenever things go from bad to worse. United are in freefall, and a very steep one as well. The Red Devils are no longer feared by their oppositions, who instead come out to play in a more dominating style to cut the grass under the feet of the Red Devils, and Vicarage Road became the latest stadium where the Red Devils were tamed and taught yet another lesson, as Watford conquered them on a 3-1 scoreline.
United were caught napping in the early minutes, as Watford could have been 1-up on the 12th minute, had Deeney been able to reach the ball on the far post a fraction of a second earlier. 2 minutes later the Red Devils got really lucky, as De Gea and Smalling came into each other, with the former not able to grasp the ball from a long cross, and the ball fell kindly to Ighalo with the goal gaping, but somehow the striker failed to hit the target as his shot skewed well wide. United were again under threat on the 16th minute, as Deeney got a powerful header to the ball, forcing De Gea to stretch and palm the ball away. United tried to reach on some counter-attacks, with Rashford finding Zlatan in the box, but the striker’s angle was too acute to find the net, and instead the ball went out off the side-netting. Pogba, still trying to impose himself and justify his price-tag, then came really close for United after Fellaini had found him 30 yards out, but his shot came off the bar, with the keeper well beaten. United were made to pay minutes later thou, on the 34th minute, as Martial failed to clear the ball, and the combination of Britos and Janmaat robbed him easily, and the latter found an unmarked Capoue in the box to blast home the opener, as De Gea got a touch with his hand-ball keeper style, but not enough to keep the ball out. Martial was clearly the culprit, but was also not in a state to continue following his initial contact with Janmaat on the head, then injured again when robbed off the ball, and had to make way for Young instead.
1-0 at half time, Watford really deserved the lead as they were the boss team in the first half. United however came back with more attacking intent, and on the 62nd minute, Rashford managed to level the score, after initially missing Zlatan’s cross, he managed to tuck in the rebound. United kept going forward, but their lack of pace was really cruel in the build-up, and Watford shackled them very well. Zlatan could have given United the lead on the 80th minute, but Gomes was on hand to deny his powerful header from going in. United looked to have the upper hand, till the 83rd minute, and new entrant Zúñiga swept home a second goal for Watford, after United were caught napping at the back again when a quick freekick was played by Watford. They were not done yet, as from thereon United were forced to drop back again, and in added time, Fellaini gave away a penalty on the same Zúñiga, with Deeney stepping up to blast the ball home, and send the Red Devils spiraling down following a dreaful week since losing to Man City. The Red Devils really drank the cup to the dregs. Mourinho will surely not be sacked after this defeat, but if he wants to match words with actions, he will have to clearly re-invent himself to cope with the modern footballing style being played this season, in England, as well as in European competitions. As for Pogba, surely he be given some time off from first team action, to allow him to swallow the price-tag as well as to clear his mind, as he’s may be trying too hard to shoulder all the midfield responsibilities, and in the end, becoming entangled in an unholy mess every time.