Watford’s Senegalese midfielder Ismaila Sarr (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening purpose of the English Premier League soccer match between Watford and Manchester United at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, north of London on December 22, 2019.
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Manchester United collapsed to a humiliating 2-0 defeat towards Premier League backside aspect Watford on Sunday after a David de Gea howler, bringing their latest revival to a shuddering halt.
Not even the returning Paul Pogba, on as a second-half substitute, may save his misfiring workforce, who once more struggled to impose themselves towards one of many league’s lesser lights.
The key second within the match got here within the fiftieth minute when De Gea in some way allowed a tame, spinning effort from Ismaila Sarr to creep by means of his fingers and in on the close to submit.
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Watford doubled their lead 4 minutes later when Troy Deeney fired house from the penalty spot after the in any other case spectacular Aaron Wan-Bissaka introduced down Sarr with a misjudged sliding deal with.
Nigel Pearson coaxed a battling efficiency from Watford in his first house sport in cost and so they deservedly gained simply their second league match of the season to present themselves hope of survival.
There was no trace of the drama to return in a largely uneventful first half.
Anthony Martial scuffed a shot large as United, backed by vocal away assist, loved the majority of early possession whereas Watford seemed a risk once they got here ahead.
The house aspect had the ball within the internet, however the purpose was dominated out for a foul on De Gea.
United continued to probe, in search of openings towards an organised Watford workforce however struggled to search out the attacking risk they’d proven in latest wins towards Tottenham and Manchester City.
They seemed sure to take the lead within the thirty fourth minute Jesse Lingard was clear by means of on purpose however the midfielder’s chip landed on the roof of Ben Foster’s internet.
Towards the top of the primary half, Watford loved a sustained spell of possession however the groups went in at 0-0.
But the sport slipped from United’s grasp early within the second half.
Will Hughes despatched a free-kick into the world and the ball fell to Sarr, who didn’t hit it cleanly however in some way the ball wriggled by means of De Gea’s gloves.
United didn’t correctly recuperate earlier than Wan-Bissaka’s foul enabled Deeney to make it 2-0 from the penalty spot.
Solskjaer threw on Mason Greenwood, Pogba and Juan Mata in a determined seek for some inspiration.
Harry Maguire headed straight at Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster and Foster then palmed away a Pogba shot.
But they might not discover a means by means of and can head north for Christmas in low spirits.
United have notched up some memorable outcomes towards the normal prime golf equipment this season, beating Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City and drawing towards Liverpool.
But they’ve struggled badly towards a number of the sides decrease down the desk and this end result might be doubtlessly deadly of their bid for a top-four spot.
The win for Watford lifts them to 12 factors, degree with Nineteenth-placed Norwich, however nonetheless six factors from security.