Manchester United punctured Watford’s bubble on Saturday, withstanding late stress from the shock early Premier League pacesetters to win 2-1 and relieve the stress on beleaguered supervisor Jose Mourinho.
United have endured a depressing begin to the season, dropping two of their first 4 matches and slipping nicely off the searing tempo set by Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford themselves.
But two goals in three first-half minutes from in-form Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling gave them precious respiratory area at half-time and finally paved the way in which to a victory that ended Watford’s good report.
Rocked by United’s sturdy end to the first half, Watford pulled a goal again halfway by way of the second interval by way of Andre Gray however failed to seek out an equaliser regardless of a robust end.
Mourinho opted for energy reasonably than guile at Vicarage Road with a bodily imposing midfield trio of Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Nemanja Matic.
Former Watford player Ashley Young got here in at left-back to switch Luke Shaw, who suffered a head damage whereas on England responsibility final week.
The first half an hour was at the same time as the 2 sides examined one another out –- United probed however the home facet seemed harmful on the break, confidence coursing by way of the players on the again of 4 straight wins.
Watford went near breaking the impasse when Troy Deeney compelled David de Gea to tip over just after the quarter-hour mark.
Midway by way of the half Alexis Sanchez had the ball within the web however it was dominated out for offside, and minutes later the Chilean compelled a nice save from Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster following a jinking run.
United, backed by their vocal travelling fans, who recurrently chanted the title of Mourinho, had been establishing a foothold within the game and made their stress rely within the 35th minute.
Watford failed to clear a free-kick and when the ball got here again in, Lukaku was readily available to bundle the ball in off his midriff to attain his seventh goal as multiple games for membership and nation this season.
Foster then saved out a strong Pogba drive however United had been two up within the 38th minute when Smalling managed a Fellaini header following a nook, and smashed the ball home.
Buoyant United then almost grabbed a 3rd however Foster saved nicely from Pogba as Watford saved the rating at 2-Zero on the break.
But Javi Gracia’s facet got here proper again into the game within the 65th minute when Abdoulaye Doucoure picked out Gray, who smashed home, giving De Gea no probability.
That goal infused the team and the fans with renewed perception and United immediately seemed nervy.
Doucoure noticed a late left-foot shot from outdoors the field saved on the close to put up as time ran out.
Matic was despatched off for a second yellow card however Watford didn’t have time to make their additional man rely, with De Gea pulling off an impressive save to tip away a Christian Kabasele header within the dying seconds.