Three defeats on the bounce as Hornets sting after 30 years
September 18 2016
Jose Mourinho's men were outplatyed at Vicarage Road in Sunday's early kick-off, falling to a third defeat on the bounce which leaves the club six points behind early pace setters Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.
A second-half equaliser from Marcus Rashford was followed by a short spell of dominance from the Red Devils, but Watford were usually the better, and more dangerous, outfit on another disappointing day for Mourinho's side.
The Hornets took a single goal lead into the interval, and could have been further ahead. On-form Etienne Capoue broke the deadlock on 34 minutes as he rifled home Daryl Janmaat's pass.
United improved, and would have fancied their chances of securing an impressive comeback after Rashford turned home from close range, in front of the hoards of travelling supporters.
However, it was the home faithful who were left celebrating as Watford wrestled back the initiative. Juan Zuniga came off the bench and, within seconds, hit the net from a Roberto Pereya pass; before captain Troy Deeney sealed the deal in injury-time from the penalty spot.
Marouane Fellaini's foul on Zuniga handed Watford their final chance from 12 yards, as a number of United's big names failed to impress. Wayne Rooney was often isolated in a wayward first-half, whilst a yellow card for needlessly pushing Valon Behrami summed up the afternoon of £89million man Pogba.
Attentions now turn to the Football League Cup, with Northampton Town hoping to make it four defeats on the bounce for United. Under David Moyes, and Louis van Gaal, the Red Army became accustomed to unfavourable records being broken - and this was Watford's first win against United for three decades.
Full Time - Watford 3-1 Manchester United
Attendance - 21,118