The Hornets were quickest out of the blocks in the second 45, and Samir leapt highest to head a corner wide. Emmanuel Dennis then forced a save from David De Gea with a deflected shot inside the box.
Anthony Elanga got in behind the Hornets’ backline and nearly broke the deadlock, but shot wide from close range. As the two teams upped the intensity on the pitch, both sets of supporters increased the volume from the stands. Foster continued to perform when relied on, scrambling to save a cross that had ricocheted off Ronaldo and collecting deliveries from the flanks.
United returned to a commanding position but the Golden Boys continued their defensive solidity. Samir prevented another Fernandes attempt with a sliding tackle to keep the scores level.
Juraj Kucka’s introduction from the bench may have demonstrated an intention to hold onto the draw, but the Slovakian displayed attacking intent and started a counter-attack, firing an effort wide of the post. Moussa Sissoko was next to carry the ball forward, beating several red shirts on the dribble and firing up the away crowd.