MAN UTD PLAYER RATINGS: Manchester United beat Watford 2-1 last night, but which individuals stood out?
The Red Devils appear back on track following successive away wins, and boss Jose Mourinho was delighted.
The Portuguese tactician said afterwards: “Very happy with the points. Very happy with the spirit. Very happy with something that represents the spirit of the team – Romelu Lukaku’s sliding tackle after 50 metres running back to help the team.”
Lukaku had opened the scoring for United on 35 minutes when he used his midriff to touch the ball home after Ashley Young had whipped in a cross.
The second goal arrived in impressive fashion just three minutes later, when centre-back Chris Smalling chested the ball down in the box, turned and volleyed it into the back of the net with his left foot.
“Very happy with something that represents the spirit of the team – Romelu Lukaku’s sliding tackle after 50 metres running back to help the team”
It was a moment of class from United, but Watford did not let them run away with it.
The Hornets, who had won four out of four before this game, stayed in the contest and pulled one back when Andre Gray drove the ball into the roof of the net from the edge of the box on 65 minutes.
United held on though, despite a late sending off for Nemanja Matic when he picked up a second yellow card.
Mourinho’s men are next in action on Wednesday evening when they face Young Boys away in the Champions League.
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