Manchester United 1-0 Watford FC: Game Review

Manchester United 1-0 Watford FC: Game Review
Mar 3, 2016


A frustrating night for Watford fans and one that would leave Manchester United fans wondering how they’ve come away with all 3 points.

Ighalo was a massive talking point in the first half, he could’ve easily had a hat-trick of either goals or assists before half-time. He had plenty of times where he was one on one with De Gea and he scuffed it wide or put his shot (and a weak one at that) straight at the Spaniard. This wasn’t the thing that frustrated the Hornets fans, it was the fact that Ighalo had easy options to pass the ball to his strike partner Deeney for an easy tap in.

Man United really wasn’t in it in the first half, it was Watford who had the majority of the possession and shots and looked the better team in all honesty. United’s defence was shambolic at times, just gifting the ball to the Hornets front men allowing them to dominate in the United half, but Ighalo squandered chances which meant the teams went in level at half-time.

As the teams came out for the second half, many Watford fans thought they could snatch a win at Old Trafford due to their impressive first half performance. The game grew in tempo, but it was still little old Watford dominating the Red Devils. A few more botched chances for Ighalo came one which led to a corner. Ben Watson’s cross found Sebastian Prödl who headed just wide but was being tackled to the ground by United’s Matteo Darmian. It was a stonewall penalty, but referee Mike Jones gave nothing but a goal kick. This was just one of the poor decisions by the referee this half.

Then came the decider, a free kick is given just outside the box by Mike Jones, however, it appears after watching replays that Martial dived to win it. This surely provides a great case for video replays for referees, because moments later Juan Mata bagged a stunning free kick goal to add to his collection. Simply stunning is the only words that could describe the finish.

This game had a late winner wrote all over it, us Watford fans are used to it, we absolutely batter teams but still lose the games, something that Quique really has to sort out. One of the things that need to be taken from this game is that we need to capitalise on defensive errors and that Ighalo needs to be dropped so he can get the selfish mentality out of his game.

By Tom Cobbing (@tomcobbing)

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