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Published: 14:07 | 18/9/16

Watford beat woeful Man Utd


Watford have beaten Manchester United 3-1 in their first win over Jose Mourinho’s side in 30 years.

The former Chelsea man has now suffered three consecutive losses for the first time since 2002.

A first half goal from Étienne Capoue followed by strikes from Troy Deeney and Juan Camilo Zúñiga helped the Hornets to their second straight win, despite a Marcus Rashford leveller early in the second half.

A lack of communication between the returning Chris Smalling and David De Gea from a Sebastian Prödl long ball gifted Odion Ighalo with an open goal moments in although the Nigerian striker could not capitalize, firing his shot wide.

Watford’s long ball tactic was proving difficult for the United backline to deal with and De Gea had to produce a wonderful save from a Deeney header after the Watford captain outleaped Antonio Valencia.

Paul Pogba has received criticism following recent performances since his arrival from Juventus and despite the Frenchman being unsure of his role in the United side he showed glimmers of his quality when he rattled the crossbar 30 minutes in.

The home team took a deserved lead in the 34th in minute when Capoue finished from outside the area, although the goal was shrouded in controversy after it appeared Anthony Martial was fouled by Miguel Britos in the build-up.

Rashford celebrated his first Premier League start with the equaliser in the 62nd minute when the vibrant striker finished from close-range.

Watford showed great character to come back and claim three points against West Ham last week and they displayed the same qualities when Zúñiga scored in the 83rd minute, 60 seconds after coming on the pitch, despite United showing signs of revival.

The London side cemented the win when Deeney converted from the spot in stoppage time after Marouane Fellaini fouled Zuniga.

Manchester United will look to end their winless streak when they face Northampton in the League cup on the 24th of September, while Watford will be hoping to make it three league wins on the bounce when they travel to Burnley on the 26th .

source: ISNTV

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