Watford vs Manchester United - 5 Key Talking Points
United ride on the back of Ashley Young's and Lingard's brilliance to see off a late surge from Marco Silva's men
Scoreline: Watford 2 - 4 Manchester United
Scorers: Young 19' 25' Martial 32' Doucoure 84' Lingard 86'
Manchester United nearly plummetted to the pits of despair from the peak of joy as they saw off a late surge from Marco Silva's men thanks to some clinical display in front of goal.
Ashley Young scored a stunner of an opening goal with a remarkable volley before embellishing his body of work tonight with a magical freekick. Anthony Martial kept a cool head and passed the ball past Gomes to take United's tally to 3.
A reckless tackle from Marcos Rojo on Carrillo led to a penalty which Troy Deeney converted with ease in the 77th minute. This spurred a late resurgence of sorts from the Hornets as Doucoure's first-time shot off a Carrillo cross from the right flank got them one step closer to an astounding comeback against Mourinho's men.
Just when Watford looked all set to piddle on United's night, Jesse Lingard took matters into his own hands and went on a solo trip from his own half. He ventured into enemy territory, swivelling past one defender and then the next before bookending it with a low finish into the bottom left corner to put the game to bed.
Here are the 5 talking points from the game:
#5 Jesse Lingard shows why he is no pushover
Jesse Lingard was in the middle of everything exciting happening for United from the get-go. He is a player who is often maligned as being nothing more than a glorified filler but tonight he handpicked and put up on show those traits that make him anything but.
His liberal take on the attacking realms, dragging one defender and then the next away from their zones coupled with relentless running, helped United pile up the pressure on an unsettled Watford defence. He set up Ashley Young for the opener and was immensely involved in the build-up that eventually led to Martial's goal.
He should have scored after a Lukaku shot was parried as he was clean through on goal in the first half. Lingard's miss was rather disappointing but wasn't mourned, not then at least.
Lingard ended the night vindicating himself with an awe-inspiring solo goal that saw him upend the Watford defence with grand swagger. While the newspapers are yapping about the trio of Martial, Rashford and Mkhitaryan, Lingard has decided to throw his hat in and stake his claim for a starting spot.