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Summary

  1. Watford: Gomes; Nyom, Cathcart, Britos, Anya; Capoue, Watson; Abdi, Jurado, Deeney; Ighalo
  2. Man United: De Gea; Young, Jones, Smalling, Blind; Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger; Mata, Herrera, Lingard; Depay

Live Reporting

By Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

That's it. United get the win. A great advert for the Premier League.

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Watford 1-2 Man Utd

David Pleat

Former Tottenham boss on BBC Radio 5 live

"This is why football can be so exciting. Manchester United really felt hurt about the penalty and pushed so many bodies forward in search of a winner. 

"The Watford fans went from jubilation to frustration in a matter of minutes. But United have done well - especially considering they were missing regulars and then had to adjust for more injuries during the game."

FULL-TIME

Watford 1-2 Man Utd

What a thriller. Manchester United score late on to beat Watford and move top of the table.

Own goal?

Watford 1-2 Man Utd

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This replay shows Bastian Schweinsteiger applying the finish, but fails to highlight the unfortunate Troy Deeney's contribution. Without him diverting the ball over the line, the shot looked to be going wide.

Watford 1-2 Man Utd

Odion Ighalo forces David De Gea into a save with a spectacular shot from inside the box. Can United hold on?

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James Foster: SCORED IN FERGIE TIME!

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Watford 1-2 Man Utd

David Pleat

Former Tottenham boss on BBC Radio 5 live

"Ah, football - what a game! Incredible! It was Troy Deeney trying to keep Bastian Schweinsteiger's ball out on the line. It's got to be a Deeney own goal - there was no way the German's effort was going to go in."

GOAL - Watford 1-2 Man Utd

Bastian Schweinsteiger

WOW! A WINNER FOR THE VISITORS!!

Watford fail to clear the ball and Jesse Lingard's ball across the box finds Bastian Schweinsteiger, who shoots and the unlucky Troy Deeney attempts to hook the ball clear but only manages to bundle into his own net.

Harsh for the home side, the visitors go wild.

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger
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Uchenna: Manchester United absolutely deserve the frustration they're facing right now. Wake up!

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CLOSE!

Watford 1-1 Man Utd

Chris Smalling with an acrobatic effort from a corner which Heurelho Gomes pushes away.

Watford 1-1 Man Utd

Manchester United will be ruing all those missed chances. Watford have deserved to get something out of this game on their second half showing.

Watford 1-1 Man Utd

David Pleat

Former Tottenham boss on BBC Radio 5 live

"A great hero here, Troy Deeney puts the penalty away in emphatic spell. It's as though Watford have finally awoken from the slumbers of the first half.

"There was a little bit of holding, it was Marcos Rojo on Odion Igahlo, with his back to goal, and United might get in trouble for surrounding the referee in protest."

Troy Deeney celebrates
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GOAL - Watford 1-1 Man Utd

Troy Deeney penalty

Smashed home by the Watford skipper! A deserved equaliser for the home side, whose fans go delirious.

Troy Deeney scores Watford's penalty
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PENALTY TO WATFORD

Odion Ighalo brought down by Marcos Rojo and the referee points to the spots.

Watford 0-1 Man Utd

David Pleat

Former Tottenham boss on BBC Radio 5 live

"A great opportunity to get that decisive second goal. It looked so simple but Jesse Lingard puts the ball straight into the grateful arms of the goalkeeper."

CLOSE!

Watford 0-1 Man Utd

A big chance to wrap it up. Jesse Lingard is played through and is one-on-one with Heurelho Gomes, but fails to get enough loft on a bouncing ball and ends up popping an easy effort back to the Watford goalkeeper.

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Ahmet: Without De Gea Manchester United would be where Chelsea are - in a relegation scrap.

David Broome: Not often a reaction save looks even better in slo-mo - De Gea world class. 

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Watford 0-1 Man Utd

Ashley Young is OK to continue. Time running out for Watford. Manchester United going top.

Watford 0-1 Man Utd

Play halted briefly as former Watford man Ashley Young signals for the physio. It looks like a facial injury for the Englishman. 

Watford 0-1 Man Utd

Into the last 10 minutes of this exciting encounter. Is there another goal in it?

SUBSTITUTION

Watford 0-1 Man Utd

Youngster Jesse Lingard brought on, Juan Mata taken off, who makes his way slowly off the pitch. That's eaten up a few more seconds.

Watford 0-1 Man Utd

Watford upping the ante now. They applied plenty of pressure in this second half but no goals to show for it. Can they find a breakthrough? It will be well-deserved it they do.

Odion Ighalo
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Watford 0-1 Man Utd

David Pleat

Former Tottenham boss on BBC Radio 5 live

"A real chance. Troy Deeney just had to strike the ball either side of David de Gea but it was sent straight into his midriff. He didn't have to move to stop it. 

"It's as though Watford have woken up too late - but is there maybe still time?"

CLOSE!

Watford 0-1 Man Utd

Watford just can't get back David De Gea. Odion Ighalo causes the Manchester United problems with his bulky frame, putting himself about in the box. The ball falls for Troy Deeney on the edge of the box, but his drive is straight down the throat of De Gea, who takes the ball at first slip.

David De Gea saves
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YELLOW CARD

Watford 0-1 Man Utd

Ashley Young goes into the book after taking one for the team by bringing down Juan Carlos Paredes who was threatening to break clear.

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bluerghhh: So much hate thrown United's way just for winning again. Chelsea did it every match last season. This is how you have to play! 

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Watford 0-1 Man Utd

David Pleat

Former Tottenham boss on BBC Radio 5 live

"David de Gea. Brilliant stop. This is as good a spell as Watford have had in the game."

GREAT SAVE!

Watford 0-1 Man Utd

What a save!

United fail to clear the ball and it bobbles around the box, eventually falling to Almen Abdi inside the area, whose shot nicks off Chris Smalling and is heading for the bottom corner, but David De Gea leaps low to right to push the ball away. He saw that late and preserves a clean sheet.

A super stop. Maybe a match-winning one. 20 to play.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Watford 0-1 Man Utd

Right-back Allan Nyom off and Juan Carlos Paredes on for Watford.

For Manchester United, Phil Jones has gone off and Paddy McNair is on at right-back.

YELLOW CARD

Watford 0-1 Man Utd

Watford midfielder Ben Watson is the first man in the book after cynically bringing down Phil Jones.

Watford 0-1 Man Utd

Chris Smalling has been imperious at the back for Manchester United again, winning important headers.

At the other end, Memphis Depay dances this way and that before clipping a left-footed shot wide of goal.

Will United be made to pay for these missed chances?

Watford 0-1 Man Utd

Watford have enjoyed exactly 0% joy against Manchester United in my lifetime.

The visitors look like continuing this impressive run today.

Watford v Man Utd
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Not sure why so many negatives are always thrown at Manchester United nowadays? Now 10 hours without conceding a goal, caused by a plethora of talented full -backs, one of the best centre-backs this season and one the best goalkeepers, with amazing attacking potential too, with Martial and Memphis.

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Watford 0-1 Man Utd

Etienne Capoue with some ridiculously good skill deep in his own half to get out of trouble. A flip-flop through the legs of Jesse Lingard, making the Manchester United man look rather silly.

Watford 0-1 Man Utd

David Pleat

Former Tottenham boss on BBC Radio 5 live

"Maybe this spell of Watford pressure will give the home side heart - the question is can they keep the pressure on now? 

"Hornets fans are desperate to see something from Odion Igahlo today. He's been so good so far this season but has been very quiet."

Watford 0-1 Man Utd

Watford earn a corner and Ben Watson's ball into the box causes some panic for Manchester United, as Odion Ighalo attempts a scissor kick but can't get enough purchase on it. The Red Devils clear. 

The home side are slowly getting back into this game. They've had a couple of sniffs at goal, but haven't found that cutting edge just yet. An hour played.

Watford 0-1 Man Utd

A foul throw from Watford man Allan Nyom. Poor, poor stuff from a professional footballer.

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Jay: United might be boring but this is a phase they had to go through if ever they were to come back from the two disastrous seasons.  

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Watford 0-1 Man Utd

First save from David De Gea. Sub Nathan Ake rolls a ball in from the left, Odion Ighalo stretches to ease the ball into the path of Troy Deeney, who smashes a drive which De Gea pushes away. It was at a good height for the Spaniard. 

That's brought the crowd to life. More of that needed from the home side.

Watford 0-1 Man Utd

Memphis Depay, with some dodgy looking facial hair, growth on the cheeks but no moustache, with a similarly horrible shot which flies way off target. The Dutchman has certainly grabbed his chance in the first team today. He needs to grab a razor soon though.