‘Nightmare after nightmare’ as Man Utd lose 4-1 at Watford

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WATFORD, England, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Manchester United suffered a fourth defeat in 5 Premier League video games as they went down 4-1 at Watford on Saturday to pile extra stress on supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The guests have been punished for a ragged first-half show and after a quick fightback they capitulated horribly at the tip after defender and captain Harry Maguire was despatched off.

Joshua King and Ismaila Sarr have been each on track for Claudio Ranieri’s aspect within the first half, whereas Sarr additionally had a twice-taken penalty saved by David De Gea, who later described United’s show as a nightmare.

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Substitute Donny van de Beek impressed a revival after the break and halved the deficit within the fiftieth minute however Maguire’s clumsy sort out that earned him a second yellow card with 20 minutes remaining summed up their day.

Watford made completely positive of a vital win with a grandstand end as stoppage-time objectives by substitute Joao Pedro and Emmanuel Dennis sparked noisy celebrations from the Vicarage Road devoted.

It was a dreadful capitulation by United who face a vital week with a Champions League tie towards Villarreal earlier than a visit to table-topping Chelsea subsequent weekend.

They are in seventh place with 17 factors, 12 behind Chelsea, whereas sixteenth positioned Watford have 13 factors from 12 video games.

The nearly countless debate about Solskjaer’s place at Old Trafford was muted through the worldwide window, however the quantity will probably be turned up once more after one other hammering.

His creaking aspect have now let in 15 objectives of their final 5 league video games and whereas there was no outpouring of anger from their supporters, they left shaking their heads.

Keeper De Gea summed up the temper.

“There’s not much to say. It was embarrassing to see Man United play like we did today,” the Spaniard mentioned. “It’s not acceptable, the way we were playing and doing things.

“It’s straightforward guilty the supervisor or the employees however generally it is the gamers. We want to indicate far more than we’re doing.

“It was hard to watch the team playing today. It was nightmare after nightmare. It’s not acceptable.”

Watford have been way more keen than a lacklustre United aspect within the first half and may have been forward early on when Scott McTominay bundled King over to concede a penalty.

Sarr’s kick was saved by De Gea earlier than Kiko Femenia turned within the rebound, however the kick needed to be re-taken as a result of encroachment. De Gea then saved Sarr’s second effort.

It was a brief reprieve although, as King put Watford forward within the twenty eighth minute from shut vary earlier than Sarr made amends with a thumping end on the stroke of halftime.

United’s followers chanted van de Beek’s identify at halftime and the Dutch midfielder duly appeared after the break for less than his third league look this season.

He ducked down to go in United’s response within the fiftieth minute, after Cristiano Ronaldo’s head met Jadon Sancho’s cross.

For some time United have been energised and Ronaldo was denied an equaliser by Ben Foster earlier than having a aim dominated out. But when Maguire felled Tom Cleverley after getting himself in a tangle for a second yellow, the guests crumbled.

Pedro slammed dwelling a shot after being denied by De Gea seconds earlier, earlier than Dennis rubbed salt into United’s wounds with one other drilled end.

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Reporting by Martyn Herman; modifying by Ken Ferris and Hugh Lawson

Soccer Football - Premier League - Watford v Manchester United - Vicarage Road, Watford, Britain - November 20, 2021 Watford's Joshua King in action with Manchester United's Luke Shaw REUTERS/David Klein

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