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29/11/17 Reverse order Timestamp format


  1. Good evening comrades, and welcome to tonight's Live Blog coverage of Watford v Manchester United. The game is underway, team news to follow

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  2. 1. De Gea, 2 Lindelof, 12 Smalling, 5 Rojo, 25 Valencia, 6 Pogba, 31 Matic, 18 Young, 14 Lingard, 11 Martial, 9 Lukaku

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  3. 1. Gomes, 6. Mariappa, 5 Prodl, 27 Kabasele, 21 Femenia, 16 Doucoure, 8 Cleverley, 22 Zeegelaar, 19 Hughes, 18 Gray, 11 Richarlison

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  4. Martial has already taken a blow to the head, he had to go off during this fixture last season with a similar issue. Fine to carry on though

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  5. Fellaini hasn't travelled tonight, I presume injured. Ibrahimovic and Rashford feature on a fairly star studded bench


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  6. Best half chance so far, Richarlison can't quite get on the end of a cross having been put off by the improving Lindelof

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  7. Rojo back in first team action, and will hopefully fix the problems United have had at left back in recent times. He's just been crocked by Hughes and wins a free kick

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  8. Watford doing all the running at the moment, and Fermenia has won his side a corner with a deflected cross off Rojo

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  9. Nothing comes of it, the ball collected by De Gea who is sporting a particularly unfortunate man bun tonight

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  10. With Arsenal and City the next league games up for United, it's important the reds get points in the bank tonight. It's a slow start though, Watford showing why they're flying high in the league in these early stages, albeit without creating any clear cut chances

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  11. United win a corner, Lingard takes it deep to the back post but it's cleared away

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  12. Lukaku drops deep to play Martial into a dangerous attacking area down the left, but he's crowded out after initially having his shot charged down, then trying to dribble his way into the box

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  13. Cleverley heavily involved, United looking outnumbered in midfield at the moment. Him and Hughes have the freedom of Vicarage Road currently

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  14. Apologies to Thariq Amir, this is actually @BradCantona taking Live Blog duties tonight, seemingly incapable of working a computer! We'll get there...

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  15. GOAL for MANCHESTER UNITED

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  16. Ashley Young scores! Initial spin near the centre circle from Lukaku who passes through to Lingard. He sprays it left to Young, but it initially looks as if possession is given away. It bounces eventually to Young, and he rasps an early low shot past Gomes and United have the lead against the run of play

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  17. Muted response as you'd expect from the home crowd, but it initially looked like it had hit the side netting so a muted response from the United fans too! Gomes beaten on his near post, probably taken by surprise at the sharp shot

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  18. Martial wins United another corner, as United look to double their lead. Young takes it, Lukaku is unmarked at the back post - but his run is timed too early and it's out of play

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  19. Doucoure the first player to see yellow this evening, I lost count of how many times he fouled Pogba before finally bringing him down 30 yards later. Great driving run by the Frenchman, and United have a dangerous free kick

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  20. GOAL for MANCHESTER UNITED

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  21. Take a bow Ashley Young that is absolutely magnificent. Gomes couldn't get anywhere near it, whipped in the top left corner past him in a flash

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  22. Mourinho's reaction to that free kick was precisely, sheer disbelief. It really was a quality strike from some 40 odd yards out. Watford probably can't fathom how they're 0-2 down having started the game so well

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  23. Richarlison looks to run Lindelof at the back, but the Swede is having none of it and makes a fine last ditch intervention

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  24. Both teams playing with 3 at the back, but it's interesting to see just how wide Lindelof and Rojo move when United have the ball, making more space for passes through to Matic and Pogba. They're quick to tighten together again as soon as Watford regain possession

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  25. GOAL for MANCHESTER UNITED

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  26. Martial with the latest United goal, we've only played 30 minutes! Lingard with a hopeful punt on, but it's a poor header away and Lukaku feeds Martial who slides the ball past Gomes one on one

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  27. Although Watford are doing well in the league - only 3 points behind the much heralded Tottenham - their home form is iffy. Still, astonishing scoreline. United absolutely clinical three strikes, three goals

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  28. Pogba now bossing the midfield as Watford struggle to compose themselves. Cleverley the latest to foul him

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  29. Beautiful interchange between Lukaku and Pogba, comes to nothing but United are enjoying this and just starting to move through the gears. A real confidence boast of a game thus far

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  30. Rojo marks his first league appearance of the season with his first booking, for a foul on Gray

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  31. Martial is fouled by Mariappa on the edge of the box, really poor late challenge. This is in a much better position than the original Young free kick. Referee Moss issues a deserved yellow card

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  32. This time Gomes was stood much tighter to his left hand post, but goes untested as Young hits the ball into the wall

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  33. Silva is going mental on the bench, he's really not happy about the current state of affairs. Watford starting to settle back into the game again now, but surely there's nothing left for them here?

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  34. Brilliant double save from Gomes denies Lukaku initially, and then back onto his feet quickly for an even more impressive save from Lingard, who should really have found the back of the net. United corner

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  35. The corner is cleared, and there will be 2 minutes of added time at the end of the first half

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  36. I've lost count of how many foul throws there have been in this game so far, but the referee is yet to penalise anyone for it. Fine last ditch challenge from Lindelof - not for the first time tonight - prevents Watford getting in

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  37. Richarlison hits the crossbar! Great cross from Femenia finds the Brazilian forward unmarked on the penalty spot, but he can't quite direct it and I fancy De Gea had that covered if it had dropped any lower

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  38. That's the end of the half, United lead by three goals to nil, initially scoring against the run of play, but thereafter punishing Watford for any mistake or opening they gave away. Impressive stuff, more of the same hopefully in fifteen minutes

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  39. HALF TIME - Watford 0-3 Manchester United

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  40. Watford will get us back underway, no changes at half time

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  41. Less than a week ago I was watching Liverpool away at Sevilla, and that game seemed done and dusted at half time, the away side 0-3 up and cruising. An early goal second half for the hosts changed everything, hopefully United can stay firm and prevent even the hint of a sniff back into the game for the hornets

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  42. Minor disagreement between Pogba and Lukaku, as the latter doesn't move towards the ball when he really should have, and got a curt piece of advice for his troubles

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  43. Valencia sold as a rock down the right hand side, arguably the best right back / wing back in the league

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  44. Watford have a corner, Richarlisons shot blocked by a combination of Smalling and Lindelof, The ball in is a beauty, and Rojo has to head away almost under his own bar

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  45. United break with Martial, Lukaku has oceans of space on the right, takes a while to get out to him - and he's offside anyway - but his cross-cum-shot is disappointing

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  46. Watford incidentally had a penalty appeal at the corner for a foul by Smalling. Decent shout, but having appealed twice in quick succession just before where there was clearly nothing doing, they didn't deserve one anyway

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  47. Matic is hobbling off, worrying development this with massive games against Arsenal and City coming up. Might just be a precaution at this stage with the game fairly done and dusted (hopefully). Herrera replaces him

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  48. Hughes might be the next player to go off injured, he seemed to pull up with a hamstring injury chasing a lost cause. The game continues

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  49. Not anymore, Hughes is on the floor now and will be going off

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  50. Pereyra and Carillo are coming on as Silva makes a double substitution. Prodl is the other man making way

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  51. Lukaku takes one to the head as the already booked Mariappa jumps into him from behind. Clumsy

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  52. United away end making a decent amount of noise, but I wouldn't say it's up to the usual standards. London tickets perhaps harder to come by for the regular travellers

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  53. Doucoure thinks he can beat De Gea from fully 40 odd yards out. He can't, that's into the evening sky

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  54. United almost work a very good opening, but Lingard can't quite cut the ball back into the path of Lukaku following an initial mazy run by Valencia down the right wing

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  55. The Femenia / Richarlison combination looks to be Watford's best route back into the game, but the Brazilian is unable to find the target with his header, under pressure, at the back post

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  56. Another substitution for United, and it's the standard one. Rashford on for the impressive Martial, fine performance from him tonight with a good goal to show for it

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  57. Lingard wins a free kick in Young wonder goal territory. He's been really busy tonight. It's taken quickly, but is cleared by Watford for a corner

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  58. Pogba wins the header, but can't get any power on it and following a deflection, that's safely in the hands of Gomes

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  59. As things stand, United will be going 6 points clear of Chelsea who are third, albeit having played a game more. An impressive points haul for the reds at this stage

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  60. You can't really legislate for a City team that have dropped just two points all season so far. Hopefully their form will dip. Meanwhile there's a goalmouth scramble in the United box, and it's Lindelof again who clears it away. He always looks a yard off the pace and seems to be in constant recovery mode, but there's no doubt his performances are improving

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  61. Mariappa has another speculative strike from distance, and that's nowhere near the goal either. Watford lacking patience going forward

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  62. Rashford yet to really get into the game since coming on, and an embarrassing mix up with Young leads to the ball needlessly going out of play for a throw in

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  63. Watford make their final change, Gray is to be replaced by Deeney, who returns following his ban for violent conduct

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  64. Doucoure unlucky, a great run across the edge of the United box, but he slips and scuffs his shot allowing Smalling to clear

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  65. Lingard curls in a beauty of a free kick right onto the head of Pogba in the area, unchallenged he really should have hit the target at least. Over the bar

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  66. Lukaku has missed an absolute sitter. Rashford wins the ball from Mariappa, and squares it for what would be an open goal if the Belgian hit it first time. Instead he looks unsure, takes a couple of touches, and in the end his shot is crowded out

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  67. Much better this time from Lukaku. he drives into the Watford box and his shot across goal is only just wide of the right hand post, Gomes well beaten

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  68. Penalty to Watford. Rojo has taken out Pereyra from behind in the area, Deeney will take it. The comeback is on?

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  69. GOAL for WATFORD

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  70. De Gea dives left, Deeney strikes the other side. Game on with 15 minutes remaining

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  71. On replay, there's an argument Rojo actually got the ball before taking the man. But he very much did take the man too, and it's definitely a penalty. Rash

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  72. Femenia puts in his latest peach of a cross, but Deeney can only direct his header at De Gea. Tough angle, ball coming in from behind the Watford striker, did well to redirect it

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  73. Watford are appealing for handball in the United penalty area as the ball bounces in front of Young and he awkwardly chests it down before punting the ball away. Wishful

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  74. Lingard attempts to chip Gomes from the right hand edge of the area. Cheeky, but it was never going in, floating harmlessly wide

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  75. GOAL for WATFORD

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  76. How much might United rue that Lukaku miss at 3 goals up? Carrillo fizzes the ball across the box, and excellent technique from Doucoure sees him fire in a first time volley to the right of De Gea, who can get nowhere near it

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  77. Mourinho responds. Ibrahimovic is about to come on

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  78. Brilliant atmosphere at Vicarage Road now, steady heads are needed. Watford pour forward but lose it and now United are on the break...

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  79. GOAL for MANCHESTER UNITED

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  80. Wow. Wow wow wow. Lingard has run virtually the whole length of the pitch and tucks it past Gomes for a quite magnificent goal! The Watford defending was truly dreadful, no one even put a challenge in, but that was shades of Giggsy versus Arsenal. Brilliant goal, and that is game over

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  81. That was Lingard's final touch before going off! Zlatan is on

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  82. De Gea makes a save from Richarlison from about 5 yards out, maybe this game isn't over after all. Corner for Watford

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  83. It was actually a dangerous ball across goal rather than a shot, but it needed to be dealt with. The corner is cleared

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  84. Four minutes of injury time to be played

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  85. Lukaku plays a ball through to Ibrahimovic, or at least that was the intention. The Swede doesn't even bother to set off for that one, nowhere near him. Not Lukaku's night that's for sure, little moments particularly in the build in, but also plenty of frustration

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  86. Mourinho gave Rashford an absolute earful for something, not sure what. He was up out of his box like a flash, and doesn't look happy!

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  87. Then again, he never does. But United will be leaving Vicarage Road with all three points

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  88. FULL TIME - Watford 2-4 Manchester United

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  89. A really entertaining game, marked by some quite wonderful goals. Lingard with the United fourth eased the nerves as Watford threatened a stunning comeback, and provided a moment to remember for some time, a remarkable individual goal crowning a man of the match performance - in my opinion at least

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  90. United move five points behind City, who play tomorrow at home to Southampton

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  91. That's it for tonight's Live Blog, hope you enjoyed the match. Apologies again to Thariq Amir, this was very much the work of @BradCantona. I'll be back for next weeks game against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League, but before then United travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal in the Premier League. Should be a belter! Bye for now

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