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Manchester United 1-0 Watford: 5 talking points 

Shuvam Sinha
ANALYST
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13 May 2018, 22:20 IST

Manchester United v Watford - Premier League
Manchester United celebrate after going ahead

Manchester United warmed up for the FA Cup final in style as they beat Watford on the final day of the Premier League season.

In an inconsequential game with little intensity, Marcus Rashford broke the deadlock after Juan Mata expertly controlled the retiring Michael Carrick's long ball, before laying the ball on a plate for the 20-year old.

Here are a few talking points:


#1 End-of-season feeling to the game

Manchester United v Watford - Premier League
Richarlison threatened with his pace

As expected, the game passed without much incident as both teams had little to play for. The hosts, having secured the second position behind runaway leaders Manchester City gave their bench-strength a run-out.

Watford, on the other hand, were well positioned in the middle of the pack and away from any relegation fear.

Watford attacked from the wings in the early stages, taking advantage of some sloppy United passing in midfield.

However, stand-in keeper Sergio Romero had just a single big save to make, diverting Richarlison's header past the post late in the first half. United, after a sluggish start, slowly got proceedings under control but lacked the final touch to test Heurelho Gomes.

The goal was a result of miscommunication from Watford's defense, rather than a display of United quality. Matteo Darmian and Ashley Young's duels against Richarlison and Gerard Deulofeu respectively were the only takeaways from what was an otherwise relaxed afternoon which clearly had an end-of-season feel to it.

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