Ashley Young haunts Watford as Man United hold on to win

Jose Mourinho was a relieved man as Jesse Lingard put Manchester United out of sight with the side's final goal in a dramatic 4-2 victory over Watford.

But, with a trip to Arsenal to come on Saturday, this feels like a key week coming up for United and Mourinho will feel that nothing less than three points at Vicarage Road can prop up their fading hopes of winning the Premier League title.

The Red Devils were condemned to their third defeat in a week in September 2016 as late goals from Juan Zuniga and Troy Deeney gave the Hornets a 3-1 win.

Lukaku scored seven goals in his first seven Premier League games for Manchester United, converting 23% of his shots.

And against his former club, the 32-year-old delivered a masterclass of a performance in the first half.

The English full-back has been in stunning form for the Red Devils and looked fired up as he took on his former club.


The impressive Brazilian came within inches of making contact with Kiko Femenia's low cross as the hosts looked to strike early against Mourinho's men. They haven't lost three successive league away games since January 1996. The visitors earned a free-kick for Abdoulaye Doucouré's cynical pull-back on Paul Pogba and the versatile England global dispatched it into the top corner.

It should have been even worse for Watford at the break, but Gomes saved well from Lukaku before jumping to his feet to make an even better stop from Lingard's follow-up effort.

But Mourinho has recalled three players to his matchday squad who he left out of his plans for last weekend's 1-0 win over Brighton.

Lukaku wasted a fine opportunity to add a fourth with 15 minutes remaining as he dawdled when picked out free in front of goal and eventually saw a shot blocked from an acute angle.

Injuries bit for both teams in the second half, Matic hobbling off for United, to be replaced by Ander Herrera, and Watford's Will Hughes giving way for Roberto Pereyra after injuring his hamstring.


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