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Manchester United suffer humiliating Watford defeat

Manchester United lost 4-1 away to Watford

More misery pile up on Manchester United as they lost 4-1 away to Watford in the Premier League. The latest defeat however was the final straw for the managerial future of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the club have officially sacked him.

It was an important match for Manchester United and their manager Solskjaer as they were looking to bounce back from their defeat in the Manchester Derby. However, Watford came out as the better team, as they easily overcame their opposition.

The defeat meant that Manchester United slips down to 7th position. They only have a single victory in their last 5 matches in the league. Watford on the other hand was able to build a small gap between them and the relegation zone as they currently sit 16th in the table.

WATFORD 4 – 1 MANCHESTER UNITED: TEAM NEWS

The home side made multiple changes to the side that lost 1-0 away to Arsenal. Danny Rose was replaced in the left-back role by Adam Masina. In midfield, Imran Louza and Tom Cleverly made it into the starting eleven. They replaced Ozan Tufan who was on the bench and Juraj Kucka who missed out due to suspension.

Manchester United also had many changes, as they moved back to a back four system. In the defence, Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire made it into the centre-back roles. Eric Bailly was moved to the bench.

Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Nemanja Matic all were back in the starting line-up. The other players that made way included Fred and Mason Greenwood.

WATFORD 4 – 1 MANCHESTER UNITED: POST MATCH ANALYSIS

Watford started the match on the front foot. The host came close to scoring in the opening 10 minutes when they got a penalty. However, David De Gea saved it, not just once but twice, as the penalty was retaken due to infringement.

However, former Manchester United academy product Joshua King gave the lead for Watford in the 28th minute by a left-footed shot. Ismaila Sarr made amends for his bad penalties in the 44th minute as he doubled the lead for the home side.

The Red Devils tried to script a comeback by bringing on Donny van de Beek and Antony Martial for Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford. The Dutch midfield showed his class soon after as United scored in the 50th minute. But the night soon became worse as captain Harry Maguire was shown a second yellow card of the game.

The red card ended any hopes for a Manchester United comeback. Watford put the game out of the reach of the visitors by two quick goals in the added time. Emmanuel Dennis and substitute Joao Pedro put their name on the scoresheet as Watford went away with an impressive 4-1 victory.

WHAT NEXT?

For Watford, the club will try to build upon their victory as they will travel to Leicester for their next match. Manchester United on the other hand is having a very difficult week ahead.

United will now travel to Spain to face Villareal in their Champions League group stage match. Then they will be back in Premier League action against the league leaders Chelsea in Stamford Bridge. With Solskjaer being sacked the new manager will have a tough first week to handle.

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