3 Reasons Why Manchester United won against Watford
Manchester United secured a 2-1 victory courtesy of goals from Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling. There were some tense moments in the injury time, as Nemanja Matic’s dismissal left United with a man short. However, Jose Mourinho’s men survived those last few minutes and return back from Vicarage Road with three points.
Having completed successive victories away from home in the Premier League now, the stage is set for the team to build a good, positive momentum now. Here are the three reasons why United won this contest against Javi Gracia's men.
3. Set-piece dominance:
Ahead of the match, there were many talks regarding Watford’s prominence from set-pieces and how they could target United’s backline, which has been prone to regular errors over the past few matches. However, Ashley Young’s inclusion in the playing XI meant that United had their best crosser back on the field and the team did capitalize on this situation.
It was visible that Young had various tricks up his trade while delivering corners and they seemed to be specific set-piece routines practised in the training ground. One such unique kick saw Marouane Fellaini chest the ball for Chris Smalling who scored the goal with an excellent left-footed effort.
Young and Kieran Trippier were England’s primary set-piece takers in the World Cup, and hence the former Aston Villa player seems to be assuming the responsibilities for United too.
He delivered a total of 13 crosses, thus over flooding the box with deliveries from lateral areas. Even his movement to follow up the free kick targeted to Fellaini is praiseworthy, as eventually, it was Young’s effort that was poached in by Romelu Lukaku. Thus, United neutralized the Hornets’ primary strengths and upturned it to use that for their benefit.