Watford vs Manchester United: Player Ratings
Manchester United escaped a late Watford revival as they beat the Hornets 4-2 at Vicarage Road last night.
United were cruising in the first half, as two Ashley Young goals and Anthony Martial goal made it 3-0. However, with 13 minutes to go, the away side conceded a penalty, which Troy Deeney converted. This goal gave Watford confidence too, as Doucoure then made it 3-2, something that seemed impossible just 10 minutes before-hand.
But, a solo goal from Jesse Lingard sealed the win for the visitors, as Jose Mourinho's team scored 4 goals for the fifth time in the Premier League this season.
Here are the player ratings:
Heurelho Gomes – 5
Gomes picked the ball out of his net four times, although none were his fault. Unfortunately, the defence in front of him could see him do this on many more occasions this season.
Adrian Mariappa – 5
Mariappa looked uncomfortable in defence against United and his failure to close down Lingard quickly and tackle the United forward allowed him to kill the game off for United.
Christian Kabasele – 5
A dreadful headed clearance, which could have easily been headed back to Gomes, allowed Lukaku to play in Martial for his goal and United’s third. He found it difficult all evening against the United front three.
Sebastian Prodl – 5
Prodl found it tough against the United attack, who were cutting through the Watford defence like a knife at times. He put in a couple of crucial tackles, but he was hauled off for Pereyra in the 58th minute, which proved to be a crucial substitute.
Kiko Femenia – 6
The right wing-back had a relatively quiet game, and saw Ashley Young, his opposite wingback score. He did make a fabulous run and nearly got an assist for Richarlison, but other than that he was not involved enough on the whole.
Abdoulaye Doucoure – 7
The central midfielder has had joy against the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea this season, but he was run ragged by Pogba in midfield. However, he did nearly help complete a Watford comeback, as his volley flashed past De Gea in the United goal.
Tom Cleverley – 6
Cleverley was extremely comfortable in possession, but mainly in defensive areas, as his team failed to make the possession count for most of the game.
Marvin Zeegelaar – 5
Zeegelaar was Watford’s best player at the weekend in a fantastic win at Newcastle, but he was unable to transfer that performance to this evening. He did not get involved in attacking areas and had a hard time dealing with Lingard.
Will Hughes – 6
As Watford started brightly, Hughes looked to be involved in every attack, but his job was made harder for him as the goals flooded in for the opposition and he eventually came off with a hamstring injury.
Andre Gray – 4
Gray had just 21 touches all game and failed to get involved much at all in attacking areas.
Richarlison – 8
Richarlison was Watford’s most influential player by far and was unlucky not to get his team back in the game as his header struck the bar on the brink of halftime. In the second half, he continued to make the biggest impact and put in another good performance, like he has done many times this season.
Pereyra – 8
An excellent bit of skill saw him drift past Rojo and win a penalty for Watford, which gave his team a lifeline. His introduction made a massive difference and helped Watford get back in the game.
Carrilo – 9
Carillo gave Watford an injection of pace and skill as he ran at United defenders. Moreover, his ball that played in Pereyra got Watford a penalty before he then set up Doucoure for Watford’s second. Although Watford did not get a point, he has staked his claim for a place in the starting 11.
Troy Deeney – 7
As he typically does, he proved to be a handful for the United defence instantly after his introduction. He also then got himself a goal from the penalty spot, like he did against Arsenal in October at Vicarage Road.