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    WATFORD 2-0 MANCHESTER UNITED | SARR (50), DEENEY (53)

    Watford XI: Foster, Mariappa, Kabasele, Cathcart, Femenia, Capoue Hughes, Sarr, Doucoure, Deulofeu, Deeney

    Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw McTominay, Fred, James, Lingard, Rashford, Martial

    • Watford and Manchester United name unchanged stating XI’s today
    • Paul Pogba was named among the Manchester United substitutes
    • Ismaila Sarr opens the scoring as David de Gea completely misses the ball
    • Troy Deeney converts penalty after AWB brought down Ismaila Sarr

    WATFORD 2-0 MANCHESTER UNITED | DEENEY

    53: GOAL! Would you believe it. Watford, who have won just one fixture all season, have doubled their lead against Manchester United at Vicarage Road.

    Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s clumsy challenge on Ismaila Sarr leaves Lee Mason with no option but to award the penalty and captain Troy Deeney lashes it down the middle. The Hornets on fire here.

    WATFORD 1-0 MANCHESTER UNITED | SARR

    50: GOAL! I know it’s the season for giving – but that’s far too charitable from Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea. Truly awful.

    A Watford free-kick is glanced over to Ismaila Sarr, whose tame volley sits up kindly for De Gea to collect – BUT the goalkeeper completely misses it and the ball tickles in. Outrageous error.

    48: Scrappy opening to proceedings with neither side capable of retaining possession. It’s almost like they’re playing America Football by finding touch every 30 seconds. No Christmas cracker this one I can assure you.

    WATFORD 0-0 MANCHESTER UNITED

    45: Right well we’re back underway at Vicarage Road. Surely it won’t continue to be this underwhelming. Speaking of underwhelming – what’s going on with Anthony Martial?! He looks so disinterested it’s unreal.

    Incidentally, I’ve posted the video of Jesse Lingard’s miss above. Simply awful.

    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates

    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates

    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

    Twitter reaction

    Samuel: A predictable half against relegation battlers from an unchanged side that rescued a draw against relegation battlers last week.

    Mark: Almost making me long for Everton/Arsenal this game. Almost.

    Paddy: Think Mason Greenwood was actually asleep on the bench, there. Lucky b*****d.

    Tom: Ben Foster passively watching Manchester United play football in front of him like it’s 2009 or something.

    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates

    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates

    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

    WATFORD 0-0 MANCHESTER UNITED

    HT: Not great. In fact the one additional minute of added time felt like a dagger for those watching.

    44: Fred squares the ball for his midfielder partner Scott McTominay, who lines one up before seeing Craig Cathcart throw his body in the way. In other news, Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic are still chatting on the bench. Still chatting after 44 minutes – I don’t speak to my close friends for 44 minutes!

    42: Well If Manchester United want to win this then they’ll need to introduce a bit of guile in the final third. Y’know, a clever pass or flick to set Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford free. If only they had a world class midfielder with a wide-range of passing on the bench…

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    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

    39: I quite like seeing Abdoulaye Doucoure in this more advanced role. He’s got a serious engine and busts a lung to glance Kiko Femenia’s cross wide of the target.

    36: Bookings! Luke Shaw and Etienne Capoue are booked for separate late lunges either side of the field and the second results in a dangerous Watford free-kick. Will Hughes sweeps it in but there’s Slab Head to knock it away.

    33: I was about to say the game had gone stagnant until Jesse Lingard is played through by a beautiful Anthony Martial pass. He’s one-on-one with Ben Foster and goes for a deft chip that lands on the roof of the net. That should have been 1-0. Why didn’t he just leather it either side of the ‘keeper?!

    30: It’s the same old problem for Manchester United. There’s no doubt they are one of the best counter-attacking teams in the country but they fall short when trying to break down a stubborn, resilient defence. Same happening here with long balls, little movement and tons of wayward passes.

    28: A few half-chances for both sides but nothing to get too excited about. Luke Shaw fires the ball across the face of goal but there’s no Manchester United player in the box. Gerard Deulofeu then bursts away on the counter and lays it off for Troy Deeney but Shaw does well to block his effort.

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    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

    25: Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic are having a chin-wag on the Manchester United bench. Goodness knows what intellectual debate those two are enjoying.

    22: Speaking of last week, Watford have clearly been watching Everton’s pressure on David de Gea from corners and do the same. De Gea spills the ball after attempting to catch the delivery from Watford’s corner and Abdoulaye Doucoure converts. Referee Lee Mason says the Spanish stopper was fouled.

    19: Kiko splits open the Manchester United defence and puts Gerard Deulofeu in on the left. He looks for Abdoulaye Doucoure in the middle but Aaron Wan-Bissaka cuts it out for a corner. I watched AWB against Richarlison last weekend and he was tremendous. Didn’t give him an inch.

    16: Club-record signing Ismaila Sarr (damn, I did it again!) has taken a finger to the eye. Looks like Aaron Wan-Bissaka caught him accidentally. After a quick pause which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer uses to tell Scott McTominay to calm down – we’re underway again.

    13: How do we feel about Ismaila Sarr? Obviously it’s been difficult for the winger, who is ALWAYS referred to as ‘club-record signing Ismaila Sarr’ to adapt to Premier League football. Saying that, you would have thought £30million would get you a bit more.

    10: Did you hear that Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn suffered an ankle fracture yesterday? Villa are yet to confirm how long they expect the 25-year-old to be sidelined for, but there’s rumours going around that it could be three months!

    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates

    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

    8: Anthony Martial has the first effort of the game after latching onto Daniel James’ cross but he drags his shot wide.

    5: Nice response from Manchester United with the rejuvenated Jesse Lingard making a fine run through the middle before seeing his slick pass intercepted. A free-kick is then hoofed downfield to David de Gea, who restarts the attack.

    3: Just looking at a few stats from Watford this season. Nine points from 17 games, one victory and only nine goals scored – Marcus Rashford has more than that himself!

    It’s been a positive start from Watford. Playing in the Manchester United final third, moving the ball quickly and playing their own game. No chances to speak of.

    WATFORD 0-0 MANCHESTER UNITED

    1: And we’re underway at Vicarage Road. Massive afternoon for Nigel Pearson’s Watford today – another defeat leaves them nine points from safety. As for Manchester United – they can close the gap on Sheffield United.

    Didn’t think I’d be writing that this season…

    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates

    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

    No Mario Mandzukic deal

    Manchester United will NOT be signing Croatia star Mario Mandzukic.

    And that’s because the 33-year-old forward has arrived in Qatar ahead of completing a move from Juventus to Al-Duhail.

    United made a late move for Mandzukic in the summer transfer window and were tipped to make another approach in January.

    I’m assuming he’s joined the Qatari side for their illustrious history and 10k stadium capacity.

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    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

    Hows stat?!

    Manchester United have won 11 of their 12 Premier League meetings with Watford (92%) – only against Wigan (15/16; 94%) do they have a higher win rate in the competition (min. 10 meetings).

    Wanted: Jude Bellingham

    Manchester United are monitoring Birmingham midfielder Jude Bellingham.

    That’s according to the Telegraph, who clam Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants the teenager at Old Trafford in January.

    The versatile midfielder is a regular under manager Pep Clotet – featuring in 19 games this season and netting twice against Stoke and Charlton.

    United assistant manager Mike Phelan watched Bellingham, 16, in action against West Brom last weekend and has been impressed with his performances.

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    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

    We’ve got the fight

    Nigel Pearson says he has seen nothing to suggest Watford’s players are not up for the challenge of fighting for Premier League survival.

    The beleaguered Hornets sit bottom of the table, six points from safety, and have not won at home all season ahead of today’s visit of Manchester United.

    Manager Pearson is preparing to take charge of his first match at Vicarage Road since succeeding the sacked Quique Sanchez Flores a fortnight ago.

    “We’ve had a good couple of weeks training and I have to say the application in training has been excellent, really, really excellent,” he said. “We know we are in a very difficult situation, but I’ve seen nothing to suggest the players are not up for the challenge.”

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    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

    Twitter round-up

    Tom: Swear Paul Pogba loves Manchester United more than those braindead legends. Taken so much abuse from fans and media and now begging for some signings because he wants to stay but more than that, he wants Manchester United to be able to compete with the best. Love this man so much!

    Harry: Paul Pogba returns for Manchester United. On the bench at Vicarage Road. Strange as it may seem, this is probably the most settled team he’s come into at United. Fred-McTominay doing well in midfield, space in that number 10 role for Pogba to take. We’ll see how it pans out.

    Alan: Fully expect Paul Pogba to get some minutes today but my apathy towards him is telling. Lots of ability but too inconsistent and self absorbed to be world class for me.

    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates

    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

    Later today…

    Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard will be in opposing Premier League dugouts for the first time on Sunday afternoon.

    Mourinho’s Tottenham and Lampard’s Chelsea have been going in opposite directions in recent weeks. Spurs were a staggering 12 points adrift of the Blues when Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino a month ago.

    Remarkably, they can take fourth place from their London rivals on goal difference with victory on Sunday afternoon.

    Lampard, whose Derby team overcame Mourinho’s Manchester United side on penalties in last season’s Carabao Cup, will be determined to again come out on top against his old boss.

    I’ll be starting that coverage straight after the action at Vicarage Road. Don’t be late!

    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates

    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

    Late arrivals

    Why does everything break at Christmas!? Honestly having a nightmare with technology today. The computer has been fine all morning and decided to switch itself off two minutes before the team news arrived. Perfect, eh?

    It seems that Manchester United have had problems of their own this morning.

    And that’s because their team bus was around 35 minutes late to Vicarage Road. They finally arrived an hour before kick—off. I suspect that’s because blokes across the UK have just started their Christmas shopping…

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    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

    Team News – Manchester United

    Manchester United unchanged for the fifth time in the Premier League this season. They’ve lost three (Crystal Palace, West Ham and Bournemouth) and drawn one (Everton) when they’ve kept the same league XI this season.

    French midfielder Paul Pogba is on the bench, alongside Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic and Mason Greenwood. Why change a winning formula?

    Team News – Watford

    Watford boss Nigel Pearson has named an unchanged side for today’s clash.

    And that’s no surprise given how well they performed against Liverpool at Anfield last weekend.

    Captain Troy Deeney leads the line with Gerard Deulofeu and club-record signing Ismaila Sarr flanking him. Abdoulaye Doucoure looks to be playing a more advanced role since the former Leicester boss arrived.

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    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

    Starting XI

    And the team news arrives. Watford unchanged while Manchester United star Paul Pogba starts on the bench.

    Watford XI: Foster, Mariappa, Kabasele, Cathcart, Femenia, Capoue Hughes, Sarr, Doucoure, Deulofeu, Deeney.

    Subs: Gomes, Dawson Masina, Chalobah, Gray, Success, Pereyra.

    Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw McTominay, Fred, James, Lingard, Rashford, Martial.

    Subs: Pogba, Mata, Andreas Pereira, Young, Romero, Greenwood, Matic.

    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates

    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

    Baptism of fire

    Nigel Pearson’s baptism of fire as Watford boss continues with in-form Manchester United’s visit to Vicarage Road.

    Pearson, who became the bottom club’s third manager of the season on December 6, saw his new side defeated at unbeaten Liverpool last weekend.

    He now has two opportunities – starting against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side – to prevent the Hornets going into 2020 without a league win on home soil and bring some much-needed festive cheer to the club’s success-starved home supporters.

    The task is far from straightforward. United travel to Hertfordshire six top-flight games unbeaten and with a top-four place firmly in their sights.

    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates

    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

    Afternoon…

    Hello folks and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Premier League.

    Everyone having a lovely festive period? Watford aren’t. The Hornets have nine points from 17 matches – no club has avoided relegation from the Premier League with so few points at this stage of the season.

    It’s better Christmas news for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, who are enjoying somewhat of a purple patch.

    The Red Devils have put in some poor performances yet head into 2020 with the Carabao Cup semi-finals and Europa League knockout phase to look forward to.

    Solskjaer’s side are also just four points off the Champions League spots in the Premier League heading into weekend.

    All to play for, folks. And there’s a certain Paul Pogba returning to the squad today…

    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates

    Watford vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League score, news and updates (Image: GETTY)

    WATFORD vs MANCHESTER UNITED

    Manchester United have named Paul Pogba in their squad for today’s Premier League showdown with Watford. The France international has been missing since the 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the end of September.

    Diogo Dalot was due to play for United’s youth side as the full-back builds fitness, while Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah were due to start full training this week. Marcos Rojo is also continuing to build his fitness.

    Watford manager Nigel Pearson expects to have defender Adam Masina and creative midfielder Roberto Pereyra available after they missed the loss to Liverpool with minor injury problems.

    Left-back Jose Holebas (ankle) is out along Tom Cleverley (heel), Danny Welbeck (hamstring), Sebastian Prodl, and Daryl Janmaat (both knee).

    Last season: Man Utd 2 Watford 1, Watford 1 Man Utd 2

    Top scorers: Ismaila Sarr, Roberto Pereyra, Gerard Deulofeu and Andre Gray (Watford) 2; Marcus Rashford (Man Utd) 14

    Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)



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