Manchester United’s Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes (R) challenges Watford’s English midfielder Will Hughes (L) in the course of the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Watford at Outdated Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 23, 2020.
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Bruno Fernandes opened his goalscoring account at Manchester United on Sunday as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s facet climbed to fifth place within the Premier League desk with a Three-Zero win towards lowly Watford.
United have struggled for consistency all season however the victory at Outdated Trafford lifts them to 41 factors, simply three behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
Midfielder Fernandes, purchased by Solskjaer final month so as to add creativity and drive to United’s midfield, scored from the penalty spot shortly earlier than half-time and Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood additionally discovered the web.
Whereas United are wanting upwards, Nigel Pearson’s Watford are in serious trouble, only one place off the underside of the desk after taking simply two factors from their previous 5 video games.
Because it stands, fifth place may very well be sufficient to earn a Champions League spot as a result of second-placed Manchester Metropolis have been banned from Europe’s elite competitors for 2 seasons, pending an attraction.
United, who beat top-four rivals Chelsea on Monday, took the lead three minutes earlier than the interval with their first Premier League objective at Outdated Trafford since January 11.
Ben Foster pulled down Fernandes within the field and Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot. The Portuguese midfielder picked himself as much as convert the penalty.
Watford thought they have been degree shortly after half-time solely to see Troy Deeney’s objective dominated out by VAR for a handball by Craig Dawson.
The house facet doubled their lead simply earlier than the hour mark. Foster saved Martial’s preliminary shot however the ball got here again to the French ahead and he lofted the ball over the pinnacle of the goalkeeper and into the web from a decent angle.
Greenwood discovered some house and fired house by way of the crossbar to place United Three-Zero up with 15 minutes remaining.
Outdated Trafford had earlier fallen silent to recollect Harry Gregg, a hero of the Munich air catastrophe in 1958, who died final week.
Liverpool are Premier League champions in all however identify whereas Manchester Metropolis are firmly entrenched in second place and third-placed Leicester have a cushion regardless of latest wobbles.
However simply 10 factors covers 9 golf equipment from Chelsea in fourth place all the way in which right down to Southampton in 12th.
Regardless of their mini-revival, United have a troublesome run of fixtures arising, with video games towards Everton, Manchester Metropolis, Tottenham and Sheffield United.