Watford turned up the pressure on Man United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as they produced one of the shocking football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. They romped to a 4-1 victory that eventually cost Solskjaer his job. It was their fourth loss in their last five games and their biggest defeat against newly-promoted opposition for the last 30 years. Josh King opened the scoring in the 28th minute before Ismalia Sarr doubled their lead in the 44th minute. Donny Van de Beek scored in the 50th minute but Harry Maguire was sent off shortly after. Watford then scored two goals in stoppage time to complete the hammering.
Watford: Foster (7), Femenia (7), Nkoulou (7), Cathcart (6), Masina (7), Cleverley (7), Sissoko (7), Louza (8), Sarr (7), Dennis (9), King (8).
Subs: Hernandez (6), Ekong (7), Pedro (7).
Manchester United: De Gea (6), Wan-Bissaka (2), Lindelof (4), Maguire (3), Shaw (4), McTominay (5), Matic (3), Sancho (5), Fernandes (5), Rashford (5), Ronaldo (5).
Subs: Martial (4), Van de Beek (6), Dalot, Lingard (n/a).
Man of the match: Emmanuel Dennis
Watford boss Claudio Ranieri: “We were very good. The first half was amazing. We pressed a lot, made a lot of chances, and in the second half we suffered a lot, but that’s normal against Manchester United. They wanted to draw, but a good thing for us was the red card. After that it was much better, we could close the spaces and create counter-attacks.”
Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “I always have belief in myself, but at the moment it’s a difficult time for us. I can trust every single one of them to give what they have, but the results are difficult. I believe we can turn this around.” he added. “I am working for and with the club. Of course, we have good communication, and if the club is thinking of doing something that is a conversation between us.”
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