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3 things that went right for Manchester United against Watford

Ashwin Asok
ANALYST
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13 May 2018, 22:02 IST

Manchester United v Watford - Premier League
Manchester United v Watford - Premier League

After winning just 1 point from a possible 6 in their last two games, Mourinho needed a win in their last game of the season- partly because of the need to build some much needed momentum ahead of their FA Cup final affair against Chelsea next week.

It was a poignant start to the match as the players and staff of both teams gave a guard of honour to United's longest serving player and captain, Michael Carrick who is set to retire from the game at the end of the season and join Mourinho's coaching staff.

It was a bright start to the game and not for one second did Watford seem unfazed by the occasion. United took the lead in the 34th minute as Juan Mata teed up Marcus Rashford after the Spaniard got on the end of a delightful ball from Carrick.

The second half started in similar fashion but both teams had to settle for half-chances as neither side could carve out any real openings.

We look at 3 things that United got right on the night:


#3 Squad rotation

Manchester United v Watford - Premier League
A good win

Ahead of their FA Cup final showdown against Chelsea next week, Mourinho decided to rest some key players. De Gea, Nemanja Matic, Antonio Valencia, played no part in the game while Paul Pogba made a cameo appearance from the bench.

Their replacements fared well on the night with Carrick dictating the game expertly and Scott McTominay putting in another decent shift.

Their defence also held their ground despite Watford trying to pile on the pressure. Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo played well and complemented the returning Eric Bailly very well. Romero made a couple of crucial saves in the first half but was largely untested in the second forty-five.

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