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Matchday live

5:45 PM

That's all for now

That's all from us on Matchday Live, but check back shortly for our Match Review page that includes; exclusive post-match interviews, a full match report, extended highlights (available at a later time) and more.


We'd also like to say a big thank you to the 3,000 noisy Watford fans who travelled up to cheer on the Golden Boys, have a safe journey home you 'Orns.

5:40 PM

The Fan View

5:30 PM

“I want us to fight in each game, have the same intensity and play each game better” - Mazzarri

Walter Mazzarri spoke to Sky Sports and BBC Match of the Day after the match:


"Today we played as a group in a different way. Some of the chances United had were only because of things we did wrong.


"We need to grow as a team altogether. Passing more and taking less touches on the ball. If we didn't do these things then we have a chance to get at least a point. 


"I want us to fight in each game, have the same intensity and play each game better.


"We started very well. But during game kept ball too much in midfield. We lost ball too easily and created them chances. If it wasn't for our mistake for their second goal maybe we could have got a point.


The important thing is that performances are as they have been lately. Now we need to get players back to full condition and then we can have a really strong finish to our season."

5:15 PM

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5:05 PM

“We learn from these occasions” - Gomes

Watford's goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes spoke to the broadcast media immediately after the final whistle:


"We had a chance to compete and we pushed much better in the second half. But if you come here and not 100 per cent then you will concede goals.


"I believe we lost game in first half. We could have avoided situations where I had to make saves. In the second half we were much better, but we didn't show our best in first half.


"We came here with possibility to get something but we didn't so we must focus forward now.


"We learn from these occasions. We have some important games coming up so some good things to learn from today.


"It's my job to be there and stop goals and I try to my best for the team.  I was in the starting eleven so I take my part of blame.


"We are still looking up the table. When we show up we can really play. That's the way we must approach the rest of the season."

4:51 PM - 90 MIN

FULL-TIME: Manchester United 2-0 Watford

It was not to be for the Hornets as they tried to overcome a Red Devils side who were unbeaten in 15 league games heading into the match.


That was not to say the visiting side did not have chances. The United defence was not as strong as Jose Mourinho would perhaps have liked, and had Janmaat put the ball into the back of the net from Niangs' cross or Zarate's free-kick crept in past the outstretched hand of De Gea it could have been a very different end to the game.


But on balance, the hosts deserved the result as they had a slew of missed chances in the first-half before eventually taking the lead through Mata in the 32nd minute - the Spaniard tucking home from close range.


Their second came midway through the second-half from Martial as he squeezed the ball in at the near post with United establishing their lead in an open game.


The Golden Boys tried to find a way back into the game but it was always going to be hard to come back from being two goals down.


4:47 PM - 90 MIN

Additional time

Three minutes added on here.

4:45 PM - 89 MIN

Substitution Manchester United




4:42 PM - 85 MIN

Ironic cheers

Isaac Success is fouled in the middle of the pitch and the Watford fans jeer loudly as Bobby Madley awards a free-kick.


Success meanwhile has taken up the left-wing position while Janmaat drops to right-back in place of Cathcart.

4:40 PM - 82 MIN


Watford FC




4:38 PM


Etienne confused...two seemingly obvious fouls against him in good positions have not been given this afternoon.

4:37 PM - 80 MIN

Substitution Manchester United




4:32 PM - 74 MIN


Watford FC




4:31 PM - 74 MIN

Deeney almost fires in

Younes Kaboul plays a sweet in-swinging ball over the top of the United defence, and Deeney gathers the ball but can only shoot straight at De Gea. You can almost sense a Watford goal coming here.

4:29 PM - 72 MIN

Substitution Manchester United




4:28 PM - 70 MIN

Janmaat fires over

Niang repeats the feat down the right-hand side, and this time Janmaat is there but he gets the finish all wrong and shoots over the bar. It should have been 2-1.


Just moments previously Bobby Madley was not interested as Capoue is hauled down again on the edge of the area - the Watford fans definitely not happy about that one!

4:26 PM


Zarate has become more of an influence on this game in the second-half causing problems for the home defence.

4:23 PM - 65 MIN

Flashed across

Niang beats Daley Blind down the right and drives a low ball across the face of goal but no-one was there for what would have been a tap-in.

4:19 PM


Capoue lost the ball in midfield and as the home side went forward, Ibrahimovic slipped in Martial.


The young forward cut inside and saw the smallest of gaps at the near post, slotting the ball into the back of the net, with Gomes unsighted by his defence.

4:18 PM - 60 MIN



Manchester United Manchester United
2 - 0
Watford FC Watford FC
4:09 PM - 53 MIN

Good save!

Zarate steps up to a direct free-kick and forces De Gea into a save out of the top-drawer, clawing away the Argentine's effort from the top-left corner. So close to a leveller for the Hornets!

4:06 PM

Janmaat on

Daryl Janmaat has come on in place of Miguel Britos, so Holebas drops in at left-back, while the Dutchman takes up position on the left-wing.

4:03 PM - 46 MIN


Watford FC




4:02 PM - 46 MIN

We're back underway!

The Hornets get the second-half going as they search for an equaliser.

3:58 PM


Holebas takes on Antonio Valencia down the left-wing.


3:46 PM - 45 MIN

HALF-TIME: Manchester United 1-0 Watford

A flurry of spurned chances at both ends evenutally gave way to a deserved opener for the hosts.


But the Watford players - and Etienne Capoue in particular -  will feel aggrieved that Bobby Madley did not award a free-kick for what looked to be a foul on the Frenchman just outside the area.


The promise of the first 20 minutes has ebbed away but there are still 45 minutes to be played against a team who are allowing chances on goal too easily at home.

3:34 PM


Zarate battles it out with Ander Herrera in midfield.

3:32 PM - 32 MIN

United Ahead

It had been coming. The Hornets have been peppered in the last few minutes, and Juan Mata makes no mistake from Anthony Martial's tee-up. United lead. 

3:32 PM - 32 MIN



Manchester United Manchester United
1 - 0
Watford FC Watford FC
3:26 PM - 26 MIN

Zlatan finds row Z

Ibrahimovic finds himself free and clear in the Watford box, but fires high over the Watford goal.


The Red Devils are staring to find their rhythm here.

3:23 PM


M'Baye Niang tries his luck from outside the area.

3:21 PM - 21 MIN


Mauro Zarate sets himself up for an audacious overhead kick but, while sweetly struck, it sails into the hands of David de Gea in the United goal.

3:18 PM - 18 MIN

Great save

Paul Pogba forces Gomes to tip the ball away for a corner with a strike from distance, chances at both ends here.

3:17 PM - 17 MIN


Jose Holebas drives down the left before lashing his effort towards the right side of goal, unluckily it curls just away from goal. So close for the Hornets.

3:08 PM - 8 MIN

Cleverley getting stuck in

Tom Cleverley is putting himself about on the Old Trafford pitch - no signs of any loyalty to his old club here.

3:03 PM - 3 MIN

First chance for the hosts

A deflected cross finds Ibrahimovic in the area, but his finish leaves much to be desired and Watford have a goal kick.

3:00 PM


Heurelho was all smiles in the warm-ups!

3:00 PM - 1 MIN

We're underway!

United kick us off at Old Trafford. Come on you 'Orns! 

2:55 PM

Team Reminder


2:45 PM

The Fan View

2:35 PM

Mazzarri pre-match

Watford Head Coach Walter Mazzarri spoke to Sky Sports ahead of kick-off:


"Last week everything went well for us. It will be difficult today but we will do everything possible to get a result.


"Manchester United are a completely different now [to when we last played them]. I knew that Mourinho would find his team. They are doing extremely well and are 15 unbeaten in the league - it's no surprise.


"I am satisfied at the moment. Our objective for now is to keep playing well from now until end of season."

2:25 PM


Captain Troy Deeney getting a feel for the pitch at Old Trafford

2:15 PM

Cathcart Hopeful

Craig Cathcart is looking forward to a return to the club where he came through as a youngster. 

“It's always good to be here, and it's a game we're looking forward to. 

“We got six points in the last two games, and hopefully we can get a similar result.”

2:10 PM

Line-up reaction

2:00 PM


One change for the Hornets as they aim for a shock win over Jose Mourinho's men. 

Miguel Britos returns at left-back, while Jose Holebas moves into a more advanced left sided role, in the only alteration from last week's Burnley win.

For United, two changes. Marcos and Marcus out, as Rojo and Rashford make way for Daley Blind and Anthony Martial. 

HORNETS: Gomes (GK); Cathcart, Kaboul, Prödl, Britos; Capoue, Cleverley; Niang, Zárate, Holebas; Deeney (c).

Subs: Arlauskis (GK), Mariappa, Success, Behrami, Doucouré, Janmaat, Okaka. 

UNITED: De Gea (GK); Valencia, Smalling (c), Bailly, Blind; Pogba, Herrera; Mkhitarian, Mata, Martial; Ibrahimović.

Subs: Romero (GK), Rooney, Lingard, Carrick, Rashford, Fellaini, Darmian. 

1:45 PM

15 minute warning!

Just quarter of an hour to go until team line-ups are announced. 

1:40 PM

Under-18s win at QPR

Watford's academy prospects secured a 2-1 away win against Queens Park Rangers earlier today.


Ashley Charles scored one from the penalty spot before Treon Johnson netted the winner for the young Hornets.

1:25 PM

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1:15 PM

In the press

Tom Cleverley has found himself in the spotlight this week as he prepares to face his former club on the back of a Man of the Match performance against Burnley last Saturday.


He spoke to Mike Walters at the Mirror about having nothing to prove against the Red Devils.


1:05 PM

ICYMI: Mazzarri on Manchester United, Mourinho & more

Head Coach Walter Mazzarri spoke about continuing Watford's good form against a very strong team in his press conference earlier this week.

12:55 PM

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Off to Old Trafford! Man United V Watford! ⚽️? #football #watfordfc

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12:45 PM

Safe Journeys!


12:35 PM

Then and Now

Two current Hornets return to their old stomping ground today - look how young Craig Cathcart looks!

12:00 PM

Welcome to Old Trafford

It's Matchday! 

Tough test this afternoon at Old Trafford. But, it's certainly not the fortress of a few years ago. The Hornets arrive at the Theatre of Dreams off the back of two straight league wins so anything could happen, right? 

We'll have build-up, live updates and post-match reaction as Walter Mazzarri looks to get one over on his old nemesis Jose Mourinho, with commentary from around 2.30pm (give your browser a refresh and click 'listen live').