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Manager A first managerial change in 22 years will make this a momentous summer at Arsenal. The desire is to both bring an injection of new ideas and dynamism whilst also preserving the regularly repeated “values” that Arsenal seek to exemplify. That means still playing an expansive brand of football, giving young players their chance and having the personality to best represent Arsenal’s image and brand globally. Arsenal are committed to a full recruitment process but an appointment is certainly expected by the time the World Cup starts, and probably even sooner. The achievements of Max Allegri at Juventus can hardly be overlooked but he has indicated a desire to stay for one more year in Italy, meaning Arsenal may well go down the path of trying a less experienced option. Mikel Arteta, Patrick Vieira and Julian Nagelsmann are among the outstanding younger candidates but the club do not intend to rush what is a new experience - certainly in the context of Arsenal - for most of the key decision-makers on the board. The simple target for the next manager will be Champions League football in 2019-20 after falling out of Europe’s elite club competition for the past two seasons. Arsene Wenger replacement: Definitive guide to the runners and riders for the new Arsenal manager New signings The summer transfer budget will be around £50 million before player sales, leaving a big decision over whether the new manager wants to primarily focus on improving the current group or generate funds by selling some of the most valuable players. The current transfer priority is at centre-back. Per Mertesacker is retiring and Laurent Koscielny is not expected back until at least December following his Achilles tendon rupture. Shkodran Mustafi has been inconsistent since arriving as the club’s record defensive signing two years ago while the development of the young centre-backs - Rob Holding, Calum Chambers and Konstantinos Mavropanos - has been mixed and may involve some loan football. Kalidou Koulibaly is among those to have been watched. Central midfield is also an area of focus for Sven Mislintat’s recruitment team. Granit Xhaka is not a natural holding midfielder and neither are Jack Wilshere or Aaron Ramsey. Mohamed Elneny has just signed a new contract, but is viewed more as a squad player, and there are high hopes for Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Goalkeepers Petr Cech and David Ospina have also endured mixed seasons and this is another position that is under review. The most settled situation is in attack where Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are all on long contracts. Premier League club-by-club review Player sales The most interesting situation concerns Ramsey. He is out of contract next summer and has so far failed to reach any sort of agreement on an extended deal. Ramsey will probably now wait to discover the identity of the next manager but, after the distraction last season of Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal will surely sell him this summer if he does not commit. Danny Welbeck and Cech are also out of contract next year and will hold talks with the club. Wilshere does now seem likely to extend his contract after being offered a new, improved deal. Decisions must also be made on other key squad members and the new manager may well seek to generate funds by making sales. As well as Ramsey, Hector Bellerin would likely attract big offers and Arsenal may also be tempted to sell either Welbeck or Lacazette following the January arrival of Aubameyang. Arsene Wenger’s advice to the next man is that he does now have the basis of a squad that can challenge for the Premier League title, if the right defensive additions can be made. Arsenal do also face an emotionally difficult decision over midfielder Santi Cazorla, with the extent of his Achilles and ankle problems meaning that he is unlikely to be offered a new contract. Arsenal then and now Youth development and loans Mertesacker will take over this summer as Arsenal’s academy manager and one of the first focuses for the club is an ongoing internal investigation into Under-23 head coach Steven Gatting, and his assistant Carl Laraman, over accusations from some players of bullying. It had been an excellent season on the pitch for the U23 team and, across the age groups, there has been renewed optimism that Arsenal do again have an emerging batch of future first-team players. Maitland-Niles has figured most regularly this season of the new youngsters but Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson, Matt Macey, Joe Willock and Josh Dasilva are all well regarded and will hope for further opportunity under the new manager. Big decisions must also be made about a lengthy list of players who have been away on loan. Jeff-Reine Adelaide has been at Angers in France, Carl Jenkinson at Birmingham City, goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez at Getafe, Joel Campbell at Real Betis, Lucas Perez at Deportivo La Coruna, Chuba Akpom at Sint Truidense, Cohen Bramall at Birmingham and Ben Sheaf at Stevenage. There has been little to suggest that any of these players will impact in any significant way next season on the first team. Everything furious TV pundits have said about Arsenal this season Club infrastructure More big changes are expected behind the scenes at Arsenal. Wenger’s old coaching staff are largely expected to depart, although Steve Bould and Jens Lehmann will probably be given the opportunity to continue. At boardroom level, Josh Kroenke continues to play an increasingly influential role and the unpopularity of chairman Sir Chips Keswick was evident when he came on to the pitch on the final day of the season. Arsenal will hope that a change in manager can improve relations between fans and the club’s hierarchy. Investment in the training facilities at both London Colney and Hale End continue and, with no pre-season Emirates Cup this summer, there will also be some major renovation work at the Emirates Stadium to bring the capacity back up to 60,600. It has been reduced over recent seasons to help improve disabled facilities, and to meet safety requirements, but the club will be adding 780 extra seats at Club Level, which itself will be upgraded and refurbished. The first changes will be to the Dial Square suite.
Arsenal's summer dossier: Transfer targets, budget and youth prospects - our look ahead to pre-season
Manager A first managerial change in 22 years will make this a momentous summer at Arsenal. The desire is to both bring an injection of new ideas and dynamism whilst also preserving the regularly repeated “values” that Arsenal seek to exemplify. That means still playing an expansive brand of football, giving young players their chance and having the personality to best represent Arsenal’s image and brand globally. Arsenal are committed to a full recruitment process but an appointment is certainly expected by the time the World Cup starts, and probably even sooner. The achievements of Max Allegri at Juventus can hardly be overlooked but he has indicated a desire to stay for one more year in Italy, meaning Arsenal may well go down the path of trying a less experienced option. Mikel Arteta, Patrick Vieira and Julian Nagelsmann are among the outstanding younger candidates but the club do not intend to rush what is a new experience - certainly in the context of Arsenal - for most of the key decision-makers on the board. The simple target for the next manager will be Champions League football in 2019-20 after falling out of Europe’s elite club competition for the past two seasons. Arsene Wenger replacement: Definitive guide to the runners and riders for the new Arsenal manager New signings The summer transfer budget will be around £50 million before player sales, leaving a big decision over whether the new manager wants to primarily focus on improving the current group or generate funds by selling some of the most valuable players. The current transfer priority is at centre-back. Per Mertesacker is retiring and Laurent Koscielny is not expected back until at least December following his Achilles tendon rupture. Shkodran Mustafi has been inconsistent since arriving as the club’s record defensive signing two years ago while the development of the young centre-backs - Rob Holding, Calum Chambers and Konstantinos Mavropanos - has been mixed and may involve some loan football. Kalidou Koulibaly is among those to have been watched. Central midfield is also an area of focus for Sven Mislintat’s recruitment team. Granit Xhaka is not a natural holding midfielder and neither are Jack Wilshere or Aaron Ramsey. Mohamed Elneny has just signed a new contract, but is viewed more as a squad player, and there are high hopes for Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Goalkeepers Petr Cech and David Ospina have also endured mixed seasons and this is another position that is under review. The most settled situation is in attack where Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are all on long contracts. Premier League club-by-club review Player sales The most interesting situation concerns Ramsey. He is out of contract next summer and has so far failed to reach any sort of agreement on an extended deal. Ramsey will probably now wait to discover the identity of the next manager but, after the distraction last season of Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal will surely sell him this summer if he does not commit. Danny Welbeck and Cech are also out of contract next year and will hold talks with the club. Wilshere does now seem likely to extend his contract after being offered a new, improved deal. Decisions must also be made on other key squad members and the new manager may well seek to generate funds by making sales. As well as Ramsey, Hector Bellerin would likely attract big offers and Arsenal may also be tempted to sell either Welbeck or Lacazette following the January arrival of Aubameyang. Arsene Wenger’s advice to the next man is that he does now have the basis of a squad that can challenge for the Premier League title, if the right defensive additions can be made. Arsenal do also face an emotionally difficult decision over midfielder Santi Cazorla, with the extent of his Achilles and ankle problems meaning that he is unlikely to be offered a new contract. Arsenal then and now Youth development and loans Mertesacker will take over this summer as Arsenal’s academy manager and one of the first focuses for the club is an ongoing internal investigation into Under-23 head coach Steven Gatting, and his assistant Carl Laraman, over accusations from some players of bullying. It had been an excellent season on the pitch for the U23 team and, across the age groups, there has been renewed optimism that Arsenal do again have an emerging batch of future first-team players. Maitland-Niles has figured most regularly this season of the new youngsters but Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson, Matt Macey, Joe Willock and Josh Dasilva are all well regarded and will hope for further opportunity under the new manager. Big decisions must also be made about a lengthy list of players who have been away on loan. Jeff-Reine Adelaide has been at Angers in France, Carl Jenkinson at Birmingham City, goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez at Getafe, Joel Campbell at Real Betis, Lucas Perez at Deportivo La Coruna, Chuba Akpom at Sint Truidense, Cohen Bramall at Birmingham and Ben Sheaf at Stevenage. There has been little to suggest that any of these players will impact in any significant way next season on the first team. Everything furious TV pundits have said about Arsenal this season Club infrastructure More big changes are expected behind the scenes at Arsenal. Wenger’s old coaching staff are largely expected to depart, although Steve Bould and Jens Lehmann will probably be given the opportunity to continue. At boardroom level, Josh Kroenke continues to play an increasingly influential role and the unpopularity of chairman Sir Chips Keswick was evident when he came on to the pitch on the final day of the season. Arsenal will hope that a change in manager can improve relations between fans and the club’s hierarchy. Investment in the training facilities at both London Colney and Hale End continue and, with no pre-season Emirates Cup this summer, there will also be some major renovation work at the Emirates Stadium to bring the capacity back up to 60,600. It has been reduced over recent seasons to help improve disabled facilities, and to meet safety requirements, but the club will be adding 780 extra seats at Club Level, which itself will be upgraded and refurbished. The first changes will be to the Dial Square suite.
The youngster is being chased by some of England’s biggest clubs after taking impressively to lower league football at Stevenage
Ben Wilmot: Meet the League Two defender tracked by Spurs and Liverpool
The youngster is being chased by some of England’s biggest clubs after taking impressively to lower league football at Stevenage
Nuno Espirito Santo said this was not going to be a party. After an outstanding first season in English football, the Wolves head coach has finally got something wrong. Wolves are back in the Premier League for the first time since 2012, and this was an afternoon of joyous celebration, a city unified by its return to football’s national conscience. The Pack Is Back, and this victory over Birmingham has all but secured the Championship title with three games to spare, four years after the club were held to a 0-0 draw by Stevenage. With super-agent Jorge Mendes watching from the stand, and implored to “give us a wave” by the South Bank, Wolves have been far too good for the Championship, leading the table since mid-November. With 29 victories from 43 games, playing some of the best football ever seen in this ruthless division, Nuno’s revolution has been remarkable. The fans enjoyed themselves at Molineux on Sunday Credit: Reuters “It’s a special feeling and to get promoted from the hardest division in the world makes me ecstatic,” said the Portuguese. “I never allow beer in the dressing room but I have allowed it for the first time so I must be really happy. Everybody that loves Wolverhampton Wanderers deserves credit because it is important to have people that believe in you and support you. “This a big moment and it is why we work for the fans. We have achieved it together and I enjoy it, as every player has. It was a very hard season and we’ve had some fantastic times. “Now, I want more. We can get to 104 points so let’s see if we can do that. No relaxing, everyone is focused on the next game.” It feels like this is just the beginning, too. Wolves will not be in the Premier League to consider finishing 17th as some badge of honour; significant sums will be spent over the summer and the connection with Mendes, which has been such a source of irritation for their rivals, will be utilised to the full. Mendes has already delivered Nuno and £15.8m signing Ruben Neves and many other artisans including Diogo Jota, the attacker signed on loan from Atletico Madrid, who will complete a permanent move to the Black Country in July. What a turnaround it has been. Five years ago Wolves were relegated from the Championship, their players targeted by the travelling supporters during a chastening afternoon at Brighton. The club's spirit was broken. It represented the dreaded ‘double-dip’ of successive relegations and was the first time Wolves had operated in the third tier since 1989. Under Kenny Jackett, promotion was non-negotiable but he delivered to set the wheels in motion for Wolves’s route to recovery. When owners Fosun completed their £30m takeover in July 2016, there were the usual promises and bold statements of intent. Nuno Espirito Santo has overseen huge improvement at Wolves Credit: reuters Jeff Shi, the chairman, said at the time: “Our goal is crystal clear: we will do our very best to help take Wolves back to the Premier League as soon as possible and to stay there. We believe the club and the fans belong at the top of English football and getting there is our first and top priority.” Fosun have emphatically delivered, with the minimum of tinkering, yet while the mantra all season has been one of unity, it is impossible to understate the impact of Nuno. On Friday he evoked memories of Claudio Ranieri from Leicester's title-winning season, shaking the hands of the six journalists and the one cameraman present, before producing a trademark press conference in which he gave nothing away. And this was apparently one of his better ones. He, and his team, have done their talking on the field. Nuno has admittedly been given access to a quality of player none of his predecessors had but the 44-year-old has still moulded them into a winning team, with a brand new style of play, a fluid 3-4-3, introduced on the first day of pre-season. He has vastly improved seasoned British professionals such as captain Conor Coady, Ryan Bennett and Matt Doherty, one of the real arts of management. Ruebn Neves and Diogo Jota have been key to Wolves' promotion Credit: PA His passaholics were ahead here after a typically brilliant counter-attack in the 22nd minute. Matt Doherty was sent clear into the penalty area by Romain Saiss and his cross was inch perfect for Jota to slide the ball home, Birmingham’s five-man defence cut to ribbons. Wolves were too quick, too shrewd, and Birmingham’s mission suffered further collateral damage when Harlee Dean was dismissed for a late challenge on Helder Costa early in the second half. Birmingham, deep in trouble, will appeal against the straight red card as they fight for their Championship lives under Garry Monk. This defeat leaves them still only two points above the bottom three. Wolves could have added more goals and Benik Afobe, a substitute, claimed the second with a chip over David Stockdale three minutes from the end. Job done, champions assured. Champagne was uncorked after the final whistle, Nuno held aloft by his players, amid jubilant scenes of triumphalism. Hi Ho Silver Lining, the Wolves anthem, was played at least twice. #ThePackIsBack, indeed.
Wolves celebrate Premier League return with Molineux party and win against Birmingham
Nuno Espirito Santo said this was not going to be a party. After an outstanding first season in English football, the Wolves head coach has finally got something wrong. Wolves are back in the Premier League for the first time since 2012, and this was an afternoon of joyous celebration, a city unified by its return to football’s national conscience. The Pack Is Back, and this victory over Birmingham has all but secured the Championship title with three games to spare, four years after the club were held to a 0-0 draw by Stevenage. With super-agent Jorge Mendes watching from the stand, and implored to “give us a wave” by the South Bank, Wolves have been far too good for the Championship, leading the table since mid-November. With 29 victories from 43 games, playing some of the best football ever seen in this ruthless division, Nuno’s revolution has been remarkable. The fans enjoyed themselves at Molineux on Sunday Credit: Reuters “It’s a special feeling and to get promoted from the hardest division in the world makes me ecstatic,” said the Portuguese. “I never allow beer in the dressing room but I have allowed it for the first time so I must be really happy. Everybody that loves Wolverhampton Wanderers deserves credit because it is important to have people that believe in you and support you. “This a big moment and it is why we work for the fans. We have achieved it together and I enjoy it, as every player has. It was a very hard season and we’ve had some fantastic times. “Now, I want more. We can get to 104 points so let’s see if we can do that. No relaxing, everyone is focused on the next game.” It feels like this is just the beginning, too. Wolves will not be in the Premier League to consider finishing 17th as some badge of honour; significant sums will be spent over the summer and the connection with Mendes, which has been such a source of irritation for their rivals, will be utilised to the full. Mendes has already delivered Nuno and £15.8m signing Ruben Neves and many other artisans including Diogo Jota, the attacker signed on loan from Atletico Madrid, who will complete a permanent move to the Black Country in July. What a turnaround it has been. Five years ago Wolves were relegated from the Championship, their players targeted by the travelling supporters during a chastening afternoon at Brighton. The club's spirit was broken. It represented the dreaded ‘double-dip’ of successive relegations and was the first time Wolves had operated in the third tier since 1989. Under Kenny Jackett, promotion was non-negotiable but he delivered to set the wheels in motion for Wolves’s route to recovery. When owners Fosun completed their £30m takeover in July 2016, there were the usual promises and bold statements of intent. Nuno Espirito Santo has overseen huge improvement at Wolves Credit: reuters Jeff Shi, the chairman, said at the time: “Our goal is crystal clear: we will do our very best to help take Wolves back to the Premier League as soon as possible and to stay there. We believe the club and the fans belong at the top of English football and getting there is our first and top priority.” Fosun have emphatically delivered, with the minimum of tinkering, yet while the mantra all season has been one of unity, it is impossible to understate the impact of Nuno. On Friday he evoked memories of Claudio Ranieri from Leicester's title-winning season, shaking the hands of the six journalists and the one cameraman present, before producing a trademark press conference in which he gave nothing away. And this was apparently one of his better ones. He, and his team, have done their talking on the field. Nuno has admittedly been given access to a quality of player none of his predecessors had but the 44-year-old has still moulded them into a winning team, with a brand new style of play, a fluid 3-4-3, introduced on the first day of pre-season. He has vastly improved seasoned British professionals such as captain Conor Coady, Ryan Bennett and Matt Doherty, one of the real arts of management. Ruebn Neves and Diogo Jota have been key to Wolves' promotion Credit: PA His passaholics were ahead here after a typically brilliant counter-attack in the 22nd minute. Matt Doherty was sent clear into the penalty area by Romain Saiss and his cross was inch perfect for Jota to slide the ball home, Birmingham’s five-man defence cut to ribbons. Wolves were too quick, too shrewd, and Birmingham’s mission suffered further collateral damage when Harlee Dean was dismissed for a late challenge on Helder Costa early in the second half. Birmingham, deep in trouble, will appeal against the straight red card as they fight for their Championship lives under Garry Monk. This defeat leaves them still only two points above the bottom three. Wolves could have added more goals and Benik Afobe, a substitute, claimed the second with a chip over David Stockdale three minutes from the end. Job done, champions assured. Champagne was uncorked after the final whistle, Nuno held aloft by his players, amid jubilant scenes of triumphalism. Hi Ho Silver Lining, the Wolves anthem, was played at least twice. #ThePackIsBack, indeed.
Nuno Espirito Santo said this was not going to be a party. After an outstanding first season in English football, the Wolves head coach has finally got something wrong. Wolves are back in the Premier League for the first time since 2012, and this was an afternoon of joyous celebration, a city unified by its return to football’s national conscience. The Pack Is Back, and this victory over Birmingham has all but secured the Championship title with three games to spare, four years after the club were held to a 0-0 draw by Stevenage. With super-agent Jorge Mendes watching from the stand, and implored to “give us a wave” by the South Bank, Wolves have been far too good for the Championship, leading the table since mid-November. With 29 victories from 43 games, playing some of the best football ever seen in this ruthless division, Nuno’s revolution has been remarkable. The fans enjoyed themselves at Molineux on Sunday Credit: Reuters “It’s a special feeling and to get promoted from the hardest division in the world makes me ecstatic,” said the Portuguese. “I never allow beer in the dressing room but I have allowed it for the first time so I must be really happy. Everybody that loves Wolverhampton Wanderers deserves credit because it is important to have people that believe in you and support you. “This a big moment and it is why we work for the fans. We have achieved it together and I enjoy it, as every player has. It was a very hard season and we’ve had some fantastic times. “Now, I want more. We can get to 104 points so let’s see if we can do that. No relaxing, everyone is focused on the next game.” It feels like this is just the beginning, too. Wolves will not be in the Premier League to consider finishing 17th as some badge of honour; significant sums will be spent over the summer and the connection with Mendes, which has been such a source of irritation for their rivals, will be utilised to the full. Mendes has already delivered Nuno and £15.8m signing Ruben Neves and many other artisans including Diogo Jota, the attacker signed on loan from Atletico Madrid, who will complete a permanent move to the Black Country in July. What a turnaround it has been. Five years ago Wolves were relegated from the Championship, their players targeted by the travelling supporters during a chastening afternoon at Brighton. The club's spirit was broken. It represented the dreaded ‘double-dip’ of successive relegations and was the first time Wolves had operated in the third tier since 1989. Under Kenny Jackett, promotion was non-negotiable but he delivered to set the wheels in motion for Wolves’s route to recovery. When owners Fosun completed their £30m takeover in July 2016, there were the usual promises and bold statements of intent. Nuno Espirito Santo has overseen huge improvement at Wolves Credit: reuters Jeff Shi, the chairman, said at the time: “Our goal is crystal clear: we will do our very best to help take Wolves back to the Premier League as soon as possible and to stay there. We believe the club and the fans belong at the top of English football and getting there is our first and top priority.” Fosun have emphatically delivered, with the minimum of tinkering, yet while the mantra all season has been one of unity, it is impossible to understate the impact of Nuno. On Friday he evoked memories of Claudio Ranieri from Leicester's title-winning season, shaking the hands of the six journalists and the one cameraman present, before producing a trademark press conference in which he gave nothing away. And this was apparently one of his better ones. He, and his team, have done their talking on the field. Nuno has admittedly been given access to a quality of player none of his predecessors had but the 44-year-old has still moulded them into a winning team, with a brand new style of play, a fluid 3-4-3, introduced on the first day of pre-season. He has vastly improved seasoned British professionals such as captain Conor Coady, Ryan Bennett and Matt Doherty, one of the real arts of management. Ruebn Neves and Diogo Jota have been key to Wolves' promotion Credit: PA His passaholics were ahead here after a typically brilliant counter-attack in the 22nd minute. Matt Doherty was sent clear into the penalty area by Romain Saiss and his cross was inch perfect for Jota to slide the ball home, Birmingham’s five-man defence cut to ribbons. Wolves were too quick, too shrewd, and Birmingham’s mission suffered further collateral damage when Harlee Dean was dismissed for a late challenge on Helder Costa early in the second half. Birmingham, deep in trouble, will appeal against the straight red card as they fight for their Championship lives under Garry Monk. This defeat leaves them still only two points above the bottom three. Wolves could have added more goals and Benik Afobe, a substitute, claimed the second with a chip over David Stockdale three minutes from the end. Job done, champions assured. Champagne was uncorked after the final whistle, Nuno held aloft by his players, amid jubilant scenes of triumphalism. Hi Ho Silver Lining, the Wolves anthem, was played at least twice. #ThePackIsBack, indeed.
Wolves celebrate Premier League return with Molineux party and win against Birmingham
Nuno Espirito Santo said this was not going to be a party. After an outstanding first season in English football, the Wolves head coach has finally got something wrong. Wolves are back in the Premier League for the first time since 2012, and this was an afternoon of joyous celebration, a city unified by its return to football’s national conscience. The Pack Is Back, and this victory over Birmingham has all but secured the Championship title with three games to spare, four years after the club were held to a 0-0 draw by Stevenage. With super-agent Jorge Mendes watching from the stand, and implored to “give us a wave” by the South Bank, Wolves have been far too good for the Championship, leading the table since mid-November. With 29 victories from 43 games, playing some of the best football ever seen in this ruthless division, Nuno’s revolution has been remarkable. The fans enjoyed themselves at Molineux on Sunday Credit: Reuters “It’s a special feeling and to get promoted from the hardest division in the world makes me ecstatic,” said the Portuguese. “I never allow beer in the dressing room but I have allowed it for the first time so I must be really happy. Everybody that loves Wolverhampton Wanderers deserves credit because it is important to have people that believe in you and support you. “This a big moment and it is why we work for the fans. We have achieved it together and I enjoy it, as every player has. It was a very hard season and we’ve had some fantastic times. “Now, I want more. We can get to 104 points so let’s see if we can do that. No relaxing, everyone is focused on the next game.” It feels like this is just the beginning, too. Wolves will not be in the Premier League to consider finishing 17th as some badge of honour; significant sums will be spent over the summer and the connection with Mendes, which has been such a source of irritation for their rivals, will be utilised to the full. Mendes has already delivered Nuno and £15.8m signing Ruben Neves and many other artisans including Diogo Jota, the attacker signed on loan from Atletico Madrid, who will complete a permanent move to the Black Country in July. What a turnaround it has been. Five years ago Wolves were relegated from the Championship, their players targeted by the travelling supporters during a chastening afternoon at Brighton. The club's spirit was broken. It represented the dreaded ‘double-dip’ of successive relegations and was the first time Wolves had operated in the third tier since 1989. Under Kenny Jackett, promotion was non-negotiable but he delivered to set the wheels in motion for Wolves’s route to recovery. When owners Fosun completed their £30m takeover in July 2016, there were the usual promises and bold statements of intent. Nuno Espirito Santo has overseen huge improvement at Wolves Credit: reuters Jeff Shi, the chairman, said at the time: “Our goal is crystal clear: we will do our very best to help take Wolves back to the Premier League as soon as possible and to stay there. We believe the club and the fans belong at the top of English football and getting there is our first and top priority.” Fosun have emphatically delivered, with the minimum of tinkering, yet while the mantra all season has been one of unity, it is impossible to understate the impact of Nuno. On Friday he evoked memories of Claudio Ranieri from Leicester's title-winning season, shaking the hands of the six journalists and the one cameraman present, before producing a trademark press conference in which he gave nothing away. And this was apparently one of his better ones. He, and his team, have done their talking on the field. Nuno has admittedly been given access to a quality of player none of his predecessors had but the 44-year-old has still moulded them into a winning team, with a brand new style of play, a fluid 3-4-3, introduced on the first day of pre-season. He has vastly improved seasoned British professionals such as captain Conor Coady, Ryan Bennett and Matt Doherty, one of the real arts of management. Ruebn Neves and Diogo Jota have been key to Wolves' promotion Credit: PA His passaholics were ahead here after a typically brilliant counter-attack in the 22nd minute. Matt Doherty was sent clear into the penalty area by Romain Saiss and his cross was inch perfect for Jota to slide the ball home, Birmingham’s five-man defence cut to ribbons. Wolves were too quick, too shrewd, and Birmingham’s mission suffered further collateral damage when Harlee Dean was dismissed for a late challenge on Helder Costa early in the second half. Birmingham, deep in trouble, will appeal against the straight red card as they fight for their Championship lives under Garry Monk. This defeat leaves them still only two points above the bottom three. Wolves could have added more goals and Benik Afobe, a substitute, claimed the second with a chip over David Stockdale three minutes from the end. Job done, champions assured. Champagne was uncorked after the final whistle, Nuno held aloft by his players, amid jubilant scenes of triumphalism. Hi Ho Silver Lining, the Wolves anthem, was played at least twice. #ThePackIsBack, indeed.
Nuno Espirito Santo said this was not going to be a party. After an outstanding first season in English football, the Wolves head coach has finally got something wrong. Wolves are back in the Premier League for the first time since 2012, and this was an afternoon of joyous celebration, a city unified by its return to football’s national conscience. The Pack Is Back, and this victory over Birmingham has all but secured the Championship title with three games to spare, four years after the club were held to a 0-0 draw by Stevenage. With super-agent Jorge Mendes watching from the stand, and implored to “give us a wave” by the South Bank, Wolves have been far too good for the Championship, leading the table since mid-November. With 29 victories from 43 games, playing some of the best football ever seen in this ruthless division, Nuno’s revolution has been remarkable. The fans enjoyed themselves at Molineux on Sunday Credit: Reuters “It’s a special feeling and to get promoted from the hardest division in the world makes me ecstatic,” said the Portuguese. “I never allow beer in the dressing room but I have allowed it for the first time so I must be really happy. Everybody that loves Wolverhampton Wanderers deserves credit because it is important to have people that believe in you and support you. “This a big moment and it is why we work for the fans. We have achieved it together and I enjoy it, as every player has. It was a very hard season and we’ve had some fantastic times. “Now, I want more. We can get to 104 points so let’s see if we can do that. No relaxing, everyone is focused on the next game.” It feels like this is just the beginning, too. Wolves will not be in the Premier League to consider finishing 17th as some badge of honour; significant sums will be spent over the summer and the connection with Mendes, which has been such a source of irritation for their rivals, will be utilised to the full. Mendes has already delivered Nuno and £15.8m signing Ruben Neves and many other artisans including Diogo Jota, the attacker signed on loan from Atletico Madrid, who will complete a permanent move to the Black Country in July. What a turnaround it has been. Five years ago Wolves were relegated from the Championship, their players targeted by the travelling supporters during a chastening afternoon at Brighton. The club's spirit was broken. It represented the dreaded ‘double-dip’ of successive relegations and was the first time Wolves had operated in the third tier since 1989. Under Kenny Jackett, promotion was non-negotiable but he delivered to set the wheels in motion for Wolves’s route to recovery. When owners Fosun completed their £30m takeover in July 2016, there were the usual promises and bold statements of intent. Nuno Espirito Santo has overseen huge improvement at Wolves Credit: reuters Jeff Shi, the chairman, said at the time: “Our goal is crystal clear: we will do our very best to help take Wolves back to the Premier League as soon as possible and to stay there. We believe the club and the fans belong at the top of English football and getting there is our first and top priority.” Fosun have emphatically delivered, with the minimum of tinkering, yet while the mantra all season has been one of unity, it is impossible to understate the impact of Nuno. On Friday he evoked memories of Claudio Ranieri from Leicester's title-winning season, shaking the hands of the six journalists and the one cameraman present, before producing a trademark press conference in which he gave nothing away. And this was apparently one of his better ones. He, and his team, have done their talking on the field. Nuno has admittedly been given access to a quality of player none of his predecessors had but the 44-year-old has still moulded them into a winning team, with a brand new style of play, a fluid 3-4-3, introduced on the first day of pre-season. He has vastly improved seasoned British professionals such as captain Conor Coady, Ryan Bennett and Matt Doherty, one of the real arts of management. Ruebn Neves and Diogo Jota have been key to Wolves' promotion Credit: PA His passaholics were ahead here after a typically brilliant counter-attack in the 22nd minute. Matt Doherty was sent clear into the penalty area by Romain Saiss and his cross was inch perfect for Jota to slide the ball home, Birmingham’s five-man defence cut to ribbons. Wolves were too quick, too shrewd, and Birmingham’s mission suffered further collateral damage when Harlee Dean was dismissed for a late challenge on Helder Costa early in the second half. Birmingham, deep in trouble, will appeal against the straight red card as they fight for their Championship lives under Garry Monk. This defeat leaves them still only two points above the bottom three. Wolves could have added more goals and Benik Afobe, a substitute, claimed the second with a chip over David Stockdale three minutes from the end. Job done, champions assured. Champagne was uncorked after the final whistle, Nuno held aloft by his players, amid jubilant scenes of triumphalism. Hi Ho Silver Lining, the Wolves anthem, was played at least twice. #ThePackIsBack, indeed.
Wolves celebrate Premier League return with Molineux party and win against Birmingham
Nuno Espirito Santo said this was not going to be a party. After an outstanding first season in English football, the Wolves head coach has finally got something wrong. Wolves are back in the Premier League for the first time since 2012, and this was an afternoon of joyous celebration, a city unified by its return to football’s national conscience. The Pack Is Back, and this victory over Birmingham has all but secured the Championship title with three games to spare, four years after the club were held to a 0-0 draw by Stevenage. With super-agent Jorge Mendes watching from the stand, and implored to “give us a wave” by the South Bank, Wolves have been far too good for the Championship, leading the table since mid-November. With 29 victories from 43 games, playing some of the best football ever seen in this ruthless division, Nuno’s revolution has been remarkable. The fans enjoyed themselves at Molineux on Sunday Credit: Reuters “It’s a special feeling and to get promoted from the hardest division in the world makes me ecstatic,” said the Portuguese. “I never allow beer in the dressing room but I have allowed it for the first time so I must be really happy. Everybody that loves Wolverhampton Wanderers deserves credit because it is important to have people that believe in you and support you. “This a big moment and it is why we work for the fans. We have achieved it together and I enjoy it, as every player has. It was a very hard season and we’ve had some fantastic times. “Now, I want more. We can get to 104 points so let’s see if we can do that. No relaxing, everyone is focused on the next game.” It feels like this is just the beginning, too. Wolves will not be in the Premier League to consider finishing 17th as some badge of honour; significant sums will be spent over the summer and the connection with Mendes, which has been such a source of irritation for their rivals, will be utilised to the full. Mendes has already delivered Nuno and £15.8m signing Ruben Neves and many other artisans including Diogo Jota, the attacker signed on loan from Atletico Madrid, who will complete a permanent move to the Black Country in July. What a turnaround it has been. Five years ago Wolves were relegated from the Championship, their players targeted by the travelling supporters during a chastening afternoon at Brighton. The club's spirit was broken. It represented the dreaded ‘double-dip’ of successive relegations and was the first time Wolves had operated in the third tier since 1989. Under Kenny Jackett, promotion was non-negotiable but he delivered to set the wheels in motion for Wolves’s route to recovery. When owners Fosun completed their £30m takeover in July 2016, there were the usual promises and bold statements of intent. Nuno Espirito Santo has overseen huge improvement at Wolves Credit: reuters Jeff Shi, the chairman, said at the time: “Our goal is crystal clear: we will do our very best to help take Wolves back to the Premier League as soon as possible and to stay there. We believe the club and the fans belong at the top of English football and getting there is our first and top priority.” Fosun have emphatically delivered, with the minimum of tinkering, yet while the mantra all season has been one of unity, it is impossible to understate the impact of Nuno. On Friday he evoked memories of Claudio Ranieri from Leicester's title-winning season, shaking the hands of the six journalists and the one cameraman present, before producing a trademark press conference in which he gave nothing away. And this was apparently one of his better ones. He, and his team, have done their talking on the field. Nuno has admittedly been given access to a quality of player none of his predecessors had but the 44-year-old has still moulded them into a winning team, with a brand new style of play, a fluid 3-4-3, introduced on the first day of pre-season. He has vastly improved seasoned British professionals such as captain Conor Coady, Ryan Bennett and Matt Doherty, one of the real arts of management. Ruebn Neves and Diogo Jota have been key to Wolves' promotion Credit: PA His passaholics were ahead here after a typically brilliant counter-attack in the 22nd minute. Matt Doherty was sent clear into the penalty area by Romain Saiss and his cross was inch perfect for Jota to slide the ball home, Birmingham’s five-man defence cut to ribbons. Wolves were too quick, too shrewd, and Birmingham’s mission suffered further collateral damage when Harlee Dean was dismissed for a late challenge on Helder Costa early in the second half. Birmingham, deep in trouble, will appeal against the straight red card as they fight for their Championship lives under Garry Monk. This defeat leaves them still only two points above the bottom three. Wolves could have added more goals and Benik Afobe, a substitute, claimed the second with a chip over David Stockdale three minutes from the end. Job done, champions assured. Champagne was uncorked after the final whistle, Nuno held aloft by his players, amid jubilant scenes of triumphalism. Hi Ho Silver Lining, the Wolves anthem, was played at least twice. #ThePackIsBack, indeed.
Nuno Espirito Santo said this was not going to be a party. After an outstanding first season in English football, the Wolves head coach has finally got something wrong. Wolves are back in the Premier League for the first time since 2012, and this was an afternoon of joyous celebration, a city unified by its return to football’s national conscience. The Pack Is Back, and this victory over Birmingham has all but secured the Championship title with three games to spare, four years after the club were held to a 0-0 draw by Stevenage. With super-agent Jorge Mendes watching from the stand, and implored to “give us a wave” by the South Bank, Wolves have been far too good for the Championship, leading the table since mid-November. With 29 victories from 43 games, playing some of the best football ever seen in this ruthless division, Nuno’s revolution has been remarkable. The fans enjoyed themselves at Molineux on Sunday Credit: Reuters “It’s a special feeling and to get promoted from the hardest division in the world makes me ecstatic,” said the Portuguese. “I never allow beer in the dressing room but I have allowed it for the first time so I must be really happy. Everybody that loves Wolverhampton Wanderers deserves credit because it is important to have people that believe in you and support you. “This a big moment and it is why we work for the fans. We have achieved it together and I enjoy it, as every player has. It was a very hard season and we’ve had some fantastic times. “Now, I want more. We can get to 104 points so let’s see if we can do that. No relaxing, everyone is focused on the next game.” It feels like this is just the beginning, too. Wolves will not be in the Premier League to consider finishing 17th as some badge of honour; significant sums will be spent over the summer and the connection with Mendes, which has been such a source of irritation for their rivals, will be utilised to the full. Mendes has already delivered Nuno and £15.8m signing Ruben Neves and many other artisans including Diogo Jota, the attacker signed on loan from Atletico Madrid, who will complete a permanent move to the Black Country in July. What a turnaround it has been. Five years ago Wolves were relegated from the Championship, their players targeted by the travelling supporters during a chastening afternoon at Brighton. The club's spirit was broken. It represented the dreaded ‘double-dip’ of successive relegations and was the first time Wolves had operated in the third tier since 1989. Under Kenny Jackett, promotion was non-negotiable but he delivered to set the wheels in motion for Wolves’s route to recovery. When owners Fosun completed their £30m takeover in July 2016, there were the usual promises and bold statements of intent. Nuno Espirito Santo has overseen huge improvement at Wolves Credit: reuters Jeff Shi, the chairman, said at the time: “Our goal is crystal clear: we will do our very best to help take Wolves back to the Premier League as soon as possible and to stay there. We believe the club and the fans belong at the top of English football and getting there is our first and top priority.” Fosun have emphatically delivered, with the minimum of tinkering, yet while the mantra all season has been one of unity, it is impossible to understate the impact of Nuno. On Friday he evoked memories of Claudio Ranieri from Leicester's title-winning season, shaking the hands of the six journalists and the one cameraman present, before producing a trademark press conference in which he gave nothing away. And this was apparently one of his better ones. He, and his team, have done their talking on the field. Nuno has admittedly been given access to a quality of player none of his predecessors had but the 44-year-old has still moulded them into a winning team, with a brand new style of play, a fluid 3-4-3, introduced on the first day of pre-season. He has vastly improved seasoned British professionals such as captain Conor Coady, Ryan Bennett and Matt Doherty, one of the real arts of management. Ruebn Neves and Diogo Jota have been key to Wolves' promotion Credit: PA His passaholics were ahead here after a typically brilliant counter-attack in the 22nd minute. Matt Doherty was sent clear into the penalty area by Romain Saiss and his cross was inch perfect for Jota to slide the ball home, Birmingham’s five-man defence cut to ribbons. Wolves were too quick, too shrewd, and Birmingham’s mission suffered further collateral damage when Harlee Dean was dismissed for a late challenge on Helder Costa early in the second half. Birmingham, deep in trouble, will appeal against the straight red card as they fight for their Championship lives under Garry Monk. This defeat leaves them still only two points above the bottom three. Wolves could have added more goals and Benik Afobe, a substitute, claimed the second with a chip over David Stockdale three minutes from the end. Job done, champions assured. Champagne was uncorked after the final whistle, Nuno held aloft by his players, amid jubilant scenes of triumphalism. Hi Ho Silver Lining, the Wolves anthem, was played at least twice. #ThePackIsBack, indeed.
Wolves celebrate Premier League return with Molineux party and win against Birmingham
Nuno Espirito Santo said this was not going to be a party. After an outstanding first season in English football, the Wolves head coach has finally got something wrong. Wolves are back in the Premier League for the first time since 2012, and this was an afternoon of joyous celebration, a city unified by its return to football’s national conscience. The Pack Is Back, and this victory over Birmingham has all but secured the Championship title with three games to spare, four years after the club were held to a 0-0 draw by Stevenage. With super-agent Jorge Mendes watching from the stand, and implored to “give us a wave” by the South Bank, Wolves have been far too good for the Championship, leading the table since mid-November. With 29 victories from 43 games, playing some of the best football ever seen in this ruthless division, Nuno’s revolution has been remarkable. The fans enjoyed themselves at Molineux on Sunday Credit: Reuters “It’s a special feeling and to get promoted from the hardest division in the world makes me ecstatic,” said the Portuguese. “I never allow beer in the dressing room but I have allowed it for the first time so I must be really happy. Everybody that loves Wolverhampton Wanderers deserves credit because it is important to have people that believe in you and support you. “This a big moment and it is why we work for the fans. We have achieved it together and I enjoy it, as every player has. It was a very hard season and we’ve had some fantastic times. “Now, I want more. We can get to 104 points so let’s see if we can do that. No relaxing, everyone is focused on the next game.” It feels like this is just the beginning, too. Wolves will not be in the Premier League to consider finishing 17th as some badge of honour; significant sums will be spent over the summer and the connection with Mendes, which has been such a source of irritation for their rivals, will be utilised to the full. Mendes has already delivered Nuno and £15.8m signing Ruben Neves and many other artisans including Diogo Jota, the attacker signed on loan from Atletico Madrid, who will complete a permanent move to the Black Country in July. What a turnaround it has been. Five years ago Wolves were relegated from the Championship, their players targeted by the travelling supporters during a chastening afternoon at Brighton. The club's spirit was broken. It represented the dreaded ‘double-dip’ of successive relegations and was the first time Wolves had operated in the third tier since 1989. Under Kenny Jackett, promotion was non-negotiable but he delivered to set the wheels in motion for Wolves’s route to recovery. When owners Fosun completed their £30m takeover in July 2016, there were the usual promises and bold statements of intent. Nuno Espirito Santo has overseen huge improvement at Wolves Credit: reuters Jeff Shi, the chairman, said at the time: “Our goal is crystal clear: we will do our very best to help take Wolves back to the Premier League as soon as possible and to stay there. We believe the club and the fans belong at the top of English football and getting there is our first and top priority.” Fosun have emphatically delivered, with the minimum of tinkering, yet while the mantra all season has been one of unity, it is impossible to understate the impact of Nuno. On Friday he evoked memories of Claudio Ranieri from Leicester's title-winning season, shaking the hands of the six journalists and the one cameraman present, before producing a trademark press conference in which he gave nothing away. And this was apparently one of his better ones. He, and his team, have done their talking on the field. Nuno has admittedly been given access to a quality of player none of his predecessors had but the 44-year-old has still moulded them into a winning team, with a brand new style of play, a fluid 3-4-3, introduced on the first day of pre-season. He has vastly improved seasoned British professionals such as captain Conor Coady, Ryan Bennett and Matt Doherty, one of the real arts of management. Ruebn Neves and Diogo Jota have been key to Wolves' promotion Credit: PA His passaholics were ahead here after a typically brilliant counter-attack in the 22nd minute. Matt Doherty was sent clear into the penalty area by Romain Saiss and his cross was inch perfect for Jota to slide the ball home, Birmingham’s five-man defence cut to ribbons. Wolves were too quick, too shrewd, and Birmingham’s mission suffered further collateral damage when Harlee Dean was dismissed for a late challenge on Helder Costa early in the second half. Birmingham, deep in trouble, will appeal against the straight red card as they fight for their Championship lives under Garry Monk. This defeat leaves them still only two points above the bottom three. Wolves could have added more goals and Benik Afobe, a substitute, claimed the second with a chip over David Stockdale three minutes from the end. Job done, champions assured. Champagne was uncorked after the final whistle, Nuno held aloft by his players, amid jubilant scenes of triumphalism. Hi Ho Silver Lining, the Wolves anthem, was played at least twice. #ThePackIsBack, indeed.
​Watford have paved the way for a north London battle for Stevenage starlet Ben Wilmot after ending their interest in signing him. The Hornets had been chasing the defender alongside Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, but ​Sky Sports has now confirmed that they are no longer interested in bringing Wilmot to Vicarage Road. That leaves the Gunners and Spurs in a capital fight to land Wilmot's signature, who is thought to be valued at around £1m by his club according to the Sun,...
Watford Drop Out of Three-Horse Premier League Race to Sign Stevenage Starlet
​Watford have paved the way for a north London battle for Stevenage starlet Ben Wilmot after ending their interest in signing him. The Hornets had been chasing the defender alongside Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, but ​Sky Sports has now confirmed that they are no longer interested in bringing Wilmot to Vicarage Road. That leaves the Gunners and Spurs in a capital fight to land Wilmot's signature, who is thought to be valued at around £1m by his club according to the Sun,...
​Watford have paved the way for a north London battle for Stevenage starlet Ben Wilmot after ending their interest in signing him. The Hornets had been chasing the defender alongside Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, but ​Sky Sports has now confirmed that they are no longer interested in bringing Wilmot to Vicarage Road. That leaves the Gunners and Spurs in a capital fight to land Wilmot's signature, who is thought to be valued at around £1m by his club according to the Sun,...
Watford Drop Out of Three-Horse Premier League Race to Sign Stevenage Starlet
​Watford have paved the way for a north London battle for Stevenage starlet Ben Wilmot after ending their interest in signing him. The Hornets had been chasing the defender alongside Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, but ​Sky Sports has now confirmed that they are no longer interested in bringing Wilmot to Vicarage Road. That leaves the Gunners and Spurs in a capital fight to land Wilmot's signature, who is thought to be valued at around £1m by his club according to the Sun,...
Watford unlikely to renew transfer interest in Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot
Watford unlikely to renew transfer interest in Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot
Watford unlikely to renew transfer interest in Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot
Watford unlikely to renew transfer interest in Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot
Watford unlikely to renew transfer interest in Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot
Watford unlikely to renew transfer interest in Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot
rlet ​Watford have beaten ​Tottenham and ​Arsenal in the race to sign young Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot, ​according to the Sun. ​The Hornets have reportedly agreed a deal with the League Two side worth over £1.5m to bring the highly-rated 18-year-old to Vicarage Road. It was reported last weekend that Wilmot was withdrawn from the Stevenage squad on Saturday due to transfer negotiations, and it appears that Watford won the fight to land the England Under-19 star. Tottenham and Arsenal were...
Watford Reportedly Beat Arsenal & Spurs in Race to Sign Teenage Stevenage Starlet
rlet ​Watford have beaten ​Tottenham and ​Arsenal in the race to sign young Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot, ​according to the Sun. ​The Hornets have reportedly agreed a deal with the League Two side worth over £1.5m to bring the highly-rated 18-year-old to Vicarage Road. It was reported last weekend that Wilmot was withdrawn from the Stevenage squad on Saturday due to transfer negotiations, and it appears that Watford won the fight to land the England Under-19 star. Tottenham and Arsenal were...
rlet ​Watford have beaten ​Tottenham and ​Arsenal in the race to sign young Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot, ​according to the Sun. ​The Hornets have reportedly agreed a deal with the League Two side worth over £1.5m to bring the highly-rated 18-year-old to Vicarage Road. It was reported last weekend that Wilmot was withdrawn from the Stevenage squad on Saturday due to transfer negotiations, and it appears that Watford won the fight to land the England Under-19 star. Tottenham and Arsenal were...
Watford Reportedly Beat Arsenal & Spurs in Race to Sign Teenage Stevenage Starlet
rlet ​Watford have beaten ​Tottenham and ​Arsenal in the race to sign young Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot, ​according to the Sun. ​The Hornets have reportedly agreed a deal with the League Two side worth over £1.5m to bring the highly-rated 18-year-old to Vicarage Road. It was reported last weekend that Wilmot was withdrawn from the Stevenage squad on Saturday due to transfer negotiations, and it appears that Watford won the fight to land the England Under-19 star. Tottenham and Arsenal were...
<p>Chelsea, Man City & Spurs target withdrawn from Stevenage squad</p>
Chelsea, Man City & Spurs target withdrawn from Stevenage squad

Chelsea, Man City & Spurs target withdrawn from Stevenage squad

<p>Chelsea, Man City & Spurs target withdrawn from Stevenage squad</p>
Chelsea, Man City & Spurs target withdrawn from Stevenage squad

Chelsea, Man City & Spurs target withdrawn from Stevenage squad

Ben Wilmot is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs, including Watford and Arsenal, and is understood to be valued as highly as £2 million
Chelsea, Man City & Spurs target withdrawn from Stevenage squad
Ben Wilmot is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs, including Watford and Arsenal, and is understood to be valued as highly as £2 million
Ben Wilmot is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs, including Watford and Arsenal, and is understood to be valued as highly as £2 million
Chelsea, Man City & Spurs target withdrawn from Stevenage squad
Ben Wilmot is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs, including Watford and Arsenal, and is understood to be valued as highly as £2 million
The moment he was substituted in the 75th minute of Windsor FC’s recent 5-0 romp over Bracknell Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Barry Hayles let his displeasure be known in no uncertain terms. The former Fulham, Leicester and Millwall striker admits he didn’t so much walk from the pitch as stomp. “I went off with the right hump,” he says, as he sits in a café near his south London home. “The boys said to me afterwards that I looked like a five year old kid. They said my bottom lip was out and everything.” At this point, there is one important fact to establish about Barry Hayles: he is not a five year old kid. In May, at his next birthday, he will turn 46. “I know, I know. Embarrassing. I should know better. It looked bad,” he says, shaking his head at the memory of his ill-tempered exit. “But the thing was, although we were five up, I hadn’t scored.” He may no longer be the quickest, he may not be the most celebrated, but never mind in football, in the entire world of sport there can be few who can match Hayles when it comes to sheer unvarnished enthusiasm. Hayles&#39; career has spanned 29 years Credit: Action images “I just love it,” he says. “I tell the young lads to treat each game like it’s your last. Put everything into it. That’s what I do. Because you never know.” Hayles reckons his passion partly stems from the fact he was a late developer as a footballer. Working as a carpenter, he played for Stevenage in their non-league days before, at the age of 25, he was picked up by Bristol Rovers. From there he enjoyed a 13 year-long career as a professional, securing a dozen international caps for Jamaica. When finally he was released by Cheltenham in 2010, he cheerfully returned to his non-league roots. Anything for a game. He has been on the part-time circuit ever since, playing in places ranging from Chesham to Truro. And everywhere he goes, his smile grows wider. “So many old pros tell you they gave up too soon,” he says. “They say the one thing they wish is that they had carried on. Well why not play at a level where you don’t look out of place even at this age? Have a go. I’d 100 per cent recommend it. Though I would say this: you’ve got to love it to want to play on.” He arrived at Windsor last summer, taking on the role of player coach, while working during the week coaching youngsters at Cox Green Academy School in Maidenhead. Until he broke a bone in his hand at the end of January (“it was a collision, I didn’t punch anyone”) he had started 30 games in succession. And, with the exception of his momentary strop at Bracknell, he had finished all of them, scoring eleven times in the process. In that run, he has helped the club to the quarter final of the FA Vase. He is now but two wins from Wembley. “When I signed for Windsor the chairman highlighted the Vase, telling me this could be a chance to get to Wembley. He asked me if I’d ever played there. I didn’t like to tell him I’d played at the old place, before they’d knocked it down and rebuilt it. I can’t imagine there’s many still playing who can say that.” Hayles credits Jean Tigana as the best manager he worked with Credit: Getty images Despite his history, as he turns out for Windsor, surrounded by players less than half his age, Hayles insists he is constantly aware of the requirement to justify his selection. “If I’m honest, there are games when you think: should I really be here? Then I pop a goal in and I think: yeah I’ve got a right to be here, no matter how old I am.” His resilience, he reckons, is down to the habits instilled in him early in his professional career. “I am fit. I go on the bike a lot. I do a lot of running. I try to eat correctly. Do the right things. When I was at Fulham Jean Tigana was very good at making sure we looked after ourselves and I kind of took that on board and have been doing that ever since.” Indeed, looking back, he reckons the Frenchman who was in charge at Craven Cottage in the early noughties was the best manager he played for. “He got me in better shape, got me focussing on my style of play. He gave really good advice, trusted me. The benefits were obvious. And under him we played a brand of football that excited the players as much as the fans. I bumped into a bloke recently who’d been a Fulham fan, home and away, for 51 years. He said the best football he’d ever seen was in that time. I said, ‘come on, in 51 years?’ He said ‘yeah, straight up’.” And he is equally certain who was his worst boss. Hayles celebrated in front of the dugout when he scored against Crystal Palace Credit: Action images “Neil Warnock,” he says, without hesitation. “We had a very brief relationship at Sheffield United. He bought me, gave me a three year contract then, four games in, I missed a chance against Reading. Next thing I know he’s sold me to Millwall. OK, these things happen. But he’s told everyone I’ve demanded a move because I don’t like northerners. I never even wanted to leave. He stitched me right up. When I went back to play there with Millwall I got stretchered off and had to go round the entire pitch, getting pelted. I got so much abuse from the Sheffield United fans it was ridiculous. When he was Crystal Palace manager, I played there with Leicester. I scored the winner and made sure I celebrated in front of his dug out.” Not that he need worry that Warnock will be anywhere near Windsor’s game next Saturday, when they travel to Stockton FC in the Vase quarter final. Hayles is hoping his hand will have repaired itself sufficiently by then so he can play. If it hasn’t, history suggests he’ll borrow one of Jamie Vardy’s old wrist casts and head out on to the field anyway. “I may be 45 but of course I dream of playing at Wembley. Most definitely. As a former player I was invited there a couple of years back by Stevenage for their FA Trophy final against Kidderminster. When Stevenage came back from two nil down to win I almost ran on the pitch. Seriously, I had to hold myself back. God it was lovely.”
Barry Hayles on going strong at 45: 'Not many current players can say they walked out at the old Wembley'
The moment he was substituted in the 75th minute of Windsor FC’s recent 5-0 romp over Bracknell Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Barry Hayles let his displeasure be known in no uncertain terms. The former Fulham, Leicester and Millwall striker admits he didn’t so much walk from the pitch as stomp. “I went off with the right hump,” he says, as he sits in a café near his south London home. “The boys said to me afterwards that I looked like a five year old kid. They said my bottom lip was out and everything.” At this point, there is one important fact to establish about Barry Hayles: he is not a five year old kid. In May, at his next birthday, he will turn 46. “I know, I know. Embarrassing. I should know better. It looked bad,” he says, shaking his head at the memory of his ill-tempered exit. “But the thing was, although we were five up, I hadn’t scored.” He may no longer be the quickest, he may not be the most celebrated, but never mind in football, in the entire world of sport there can be few who can match Hayles when it comes to sheer unvarnished enthusiasm. Hayles' career has spanned 29 years Credit: Action images “I just love it,” he says. “I tell the young lads to treat each game like it’s your last. Put everything into it. That’s what I do. Because you never know.” Hayles reckons his passion partly stems from the fact he was a late developer as a footballer. Working as a carpenter, he played for Stevenage in their non-league days before, at the age of 25, he was picked up by Bristol Rovers. From there he enjoyed a 13 year-long career as a professional, securing a dozen international caps for Jamaica. When finally he was released by Cheltenham in 2010, he cheerfully returned to his non-league roots. Anything for a game. He has been on the part-time circuit ever since, playing in places ranging from Chesham to Truro. And everywhere he goes, his smile grows wider. “So many old pros tell you they gave up too soon,” he says. “They say the one thing they wish is that they had carried on. Well why not play at a level where you don’t look out of place even at this age? Have a go. I’d 100 per cent recommend it. Though I would say this: you’ve got to love it to want to play on.” He arrived at Windsor last summer, taking on the role of player coach, while working during the week coaching youngsters at Cox Green Academy School in Maidenhead. Until he broke a bone in his hand at the end of January (“it was a collision, I didn’t punch anyone”) he had started 30 games in succession. And, with the exception of his momentary strop at Bracknell, he had finished all of them, scoring eleven times in the process. In that run, he has helped the club to the quarter final of the FA Vase. He is now but two wins from Wembley. “When I signed for Windsor the chairman highlighted the Vase, telling me this could be a chance to get to Wembley. He asked me if I’d ever played there. I didn’t like to tell him I’d played at the old place, before they’d knocked it down and rebuilt it. I can’t imagine there’s many still playing who can say that.” Hayles credits Jean Tigana as the best manager he worked with Credit: Getty images Despite his history, as he turns out for Windsor, surrounded by players less than half his age, Hayles insists he is constantly aware of the requirement to justify his selection. “If I’m honest, there are games when you think: should I really be here? Then I pop a goal in and I think: yeah I’ve got a right to be here, no matter how old I am.” His resilience, he reckons, is down to the habits instilled in him early in his professional career. “I am fit. I go on the bike a lot. I do a lot of running. I try to eat correctly. Do the right things. When I was at Fulham Jean Tigana was very good at making sure we looked after ourselves and I kind of took that on board and have been doing that ever since.” Indeed, looking back, he reckons the Frenchman who was in charge at Craven Cottage in the early noughties was the best manager he played for. “He got me in better shape, got me focussing on my style of play. He gave really good advice, trusted me. The benefits were obvious. And under him we played a brand of football that excited the players as much as the fans. I bumped into a bloke recently who’d been a Fulham fan, home and away, for 51 years. He said the best football he’d ever seen was in that time. I said, ‘come on, in 51 years?’ He said ‘yeah, straight up’.” And he is equally certain who was his worst boss. Hayles celebrated in front of the dugout when he scored against Crystal Palace Credit: Action images “Neil Warnock,” he says, without hesitation. “We had a very brief relationship at Sheffield United. He bought me, gave me a three year contract then, four games in, I missed a chance against Reading. Next thing I know he’s sold me to Millwall. OK, these things happen. But he’s told everyone I’ve demanded a move because I don’t like northerners. I never even wanted to leave. He stitched me right up. When I went back to play there with Millwall I got stretchered off and had to go round the entire pitch, getting pelted. I got so much abuse from the Sheffield United fans it was ridiculous. When he was Crystal Palace manager, I played there with Leicester. I scored the winner and made sure I celebrated in front of his dug out.” Not that he need worry that Warnock will be anywhere near Windsor’s game next Saturday, when they travel to Stockton FC in the Vase quarter final. Hayles is hoping his hand will have repaired itself sufficiently by then so he can play. If it hasn’t, history suggests he’ll borrow one of Jamie Vardy’s old wrist casts and head out on to the field anyway. “I may be 45 but of course I dream of playing at Wembley. Most definitely. As a former player I was invited there a couple of years back by Stevenage for their FA Trophy final against Kidderminster. When Stevenage came back from two nil down to win I almost ran on the pitch. Seriously, I had to hold myself back. God it was lovely.”
The moment he was substituted in the 75th minute of Windsor FC’s recent 5-0 romp over Bracknell Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Barry Hayles let his displeasure be known in no uncertain terms. The former Fulham, Leicester and Millwall striker admits he didn’t so much walk from the pitch as stomp. “I went off with the right hump,” he says, as he sits in a café near his south London home. “The boys said to me afterwards that I looked like a five year old kid. They said my bottom lip was out and everything.” At this point, there is one important fact to establish about Barry Hayles: he is not a five year old kid. In May, at his next birthday, he will turn 46. “I know, I know. Embarrassing. I should know better. It looked bad,” he says, shaking his head at the memory of his ill-tempered exit. “But the thing was, although we were five up, I hadn’t scored.” He may no longer be the quickest, he may not be the most celebrated, but never mind in football, in the entire world of sport there can be few who can match Hayles when it comes to sheer unvarnished enthusiasm. Hayles&#39; career has spanned 29 years Credit: Action images “I just love it,” he says. “I tell the young lads to treat each game like it’s your last. Put everything into it. That’s what I do. Because you never know.” Hayles reckons his passion partly stems from the fact he was a late developer as a footballer. Working as a carpenter, he played for Stevenage in their non-league days before, at the age of 25, he was picked up by Bristol Rovers. From there he enjoyed a 13 year-long career as a professional, securing a dozen international caps for Jamaica. When finally he was released by Cheltenham in 2010, he cheerfully returned to his non-league roots. Anything for a game. He has been on the part-time circuit ever since, playing in places ranging from Chesham to Truro. And everywhere he goes, his smile grows wider. “So many old pros tell you they gave up too soon,” he says. “They say the one thing they wish is that they had carried on. Well why not play at a level where you don’t look out of place even at this age? Have a go. I’d 100 per cent recommend it. Though I would say this: you’ve got to love it to want to play on.” He arrived at Windsor last summer, taking on the role of player coach, while working during the week coaching youngsters at Cox Green Academy School in Maidenhead. Until he broke a bone in his hand at the end of January (“it was a collision, I didn’t punch anyone”) he had started 30 games in succession. And, with the exception of his momentary strop at Bracknell, he had finished all of them, scoring eleven times in the process. In that run, he has helped the club to the quarter final of the FA Vase. He is now but two wins from Wembley. “When I signed for Windsor the chairman highlighted the Vase, telling me this could be a chance to get to Wembley. He asked me if I’d ever played there. I didn’t like to tell him I’d played at the old place, before they’d knocked it down and rebuilt it. I can’t imagine there’s many still playing who can say that.” Hayles credits Jean Tigana as the best manager he worked with Credit: Getty images Despite his history, as he turns out for Windsor, surrounded by players less than half his age, Hayles insists he is constantly aware of the requirement to justify his selection. “If I’m honest, there are games when you think: should I really be here? Then I pop a goal in and I think: yeah I’ve got a right to be here, no matter how old I am.” His resilience, he reckons, is down to the habits instilled in him early in his professional career. “I am fit. I go on the bike a lot. I do a lot of running. I try to eat correctly. Do the right things. When I was at Fulham Jean Tigana was very good at making sure we looked after ourselves and I kind of took that on board and have been doing that ever since.” Indeed, looking back, he reckons the Frenchman who was in charge at Craven Cottage in the early noughties was the best manager he played for. “He got me in better shape, got me focussing on my style of play. He gave really good advice, trusted me. The benefits were obvious. And under him we played a brand of football that excited the players as much as the fans. I bumped into a bloke recently who’d been a Fulham fan, home and away, for 51 years. He said the best football he’d ever seen was in that time. I said, ‘come on, in 51 years?’ He said ‘yeah, straight up’.” And he is equally certain who was his worst boss. Hayles celebrated in front of the dugout when he scored against Crystal Palace Credit: Action images “Neil Warnock,” he says, without hesitation. “We had a very brief relationship at Sheffield United. He bought me, gave me a three year contract then, four games in, I missed a chance against Reading. Next thing I know he’s sold me to Millwall. OK, these things happen. But he’s told everyone I’ve demanded a move because I don’t like northerners. I never even wanted to leave. He stitched me right up. When I went back to play there with Millwall I got stretchered off and had to go round the entire pitch, getting pelted. I got so much abuse from the Sheffield United fans it was ridiculous. When he was Crystal Palace manager, I played there with Leicester. I scored the winner and made sure I celebrated in front of his dug out.” Not that he need worry that Warnock will be anywhere near Windsor’s game next Saturday, when they travel to Stockton FC in the Vase quarter final. Hayles is hoping his hand will have repaired itself sufficiently by then so he can play. If it hasn’t, history suggests he’ll borrow one of Jamie Vardy’s old wrist casts and head out on to the field anyway. “I may be 45 but of course I dream of playing at Wembley. Most definitely. As a former player I was invited there a couple of years back by Stevenage for their FA Trophy final against Kidderminster. When Stevenage came back from two nil down to win I almost ran on the pitch. Seriously, I had to hold myself back. God it was lovely.”
Barry Hayles on going strong at 45: 'Not many current players can say they walked out at the old Wembley'
The moment he was substituted in the 75th minute of Windsor FC’s recent 5-0 romp over Bracknell Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Barry Hayles let his displeasure be known in no uncertain terms. The former Fulham, Leicester and Millwall striker admits he didn’t so much walk from the pitch as stomp. “I went off with the right hump,” he says, as he sits in a café near his south London home. “The boys said to me afterwards that I looked like a five year old kid. They said my bottom lip was out and everything.” At this point, there is one important fact to establish about Barry Hayles: he is not a five year old kid. In May, at his next birthday, he will turn 46. “I know, I know. Embarrassing. I should know better. It looked bad,” he says, shaking his head at the memory of his ill-tempered exit. “But the thing was, although we were five up, I hadn’t scored.” He may no longer be the quickest, he may not be the most celebrated, but never mind in football, in the entire world of sport there can be few who can match Hayles when it comes to sheer unvarnished enthusiasm. Hayles' career has spanned 29 years Credit: Action images “I just love it,” he says. “I tell the young lads to treat each game like it’s your last. Put everything into it. That’s what I do. Because you never know.” Hayles reckons his passion partly stems from the fact he was a late developer as a footballer. Working as a carpenter, he played for Stevenage in their non-league days before, at the age of 25, he was picked up by Bristol Rovers. From there he enjoyed a 13 year-long career as a professional, securing a dozen international caps for Jamaica. When finally he was released by Cheltenham in 2010, he cheerfully returned to his non-league roots. Anything for a game. He has been on the part-time circuit ever since, playing in places ranging from Chesham to Truro. And everywhere he goes, his smile grows wider. “So many old pros tell you they gave up too soon,” he says. “They say the one thing they wish is that they had carried on. Well why not play at a level where you don’t look out of place even at this age? Have a go. I’d 100 per cent recommend it. Though I would say this: you’ve got to love it to want to play on.” He arrived at Windsor last summer, taking on the role of player coach, while working during the week coaching youngsters at Cox Green Academy School in Maidenhead. Until he broke a bone in his hand at the end of January (“it was a collision, I didn’t punch anyone”) he had started 30 games in succession. And, with the exception of his momentary strop at Bracknell, he had finished all of them, scoring eleven times in the process. In that run, he has helped the club to the quarter final of the FA Vase. He is now but two wins from Wembley. “When I signed for Windsor the chairman highlighted the Vase, telling me this could be a chance to get to Wembley. He asked me if I’d ever played there. I didn’t like to tell him I’d played at the old place, before they’d knocked it down and rebuilt it. I can’t imagine there’s many still playing who can say that.” Hayles credits Jean Tigana as the best manager he worked with Credit: Getty images Despite his history, as he turns out for Windsor, surrounded by players less than half his age, Hayles insists he is constantly aware of the requirement to justify his selection. “If I’m honest, there are games when you think: should I really be here? Then I pop a goal in and I think: yeah I’ve got a right to be here, no matter how old I am.” His resilience, he reckons, is down to the habits instilled in him early in his professional career. “I am fit. I go on the bike a lot. I do a lot of running. I try to eat correctly. Do the right things. When I was at Fulham Jean Tigana was very good at making sure we looked after ourselves and I kind of took that on board and have been doing that ever since.” Indeed, looking back, he reckons the Frenchman who was in charge at Craven Cottage in the early noughties was the best manager he played for. “He got me in better shape, got me focussing on my style of play. He gave really good advice, trusted me. The benefits were obvious. And under him we played a brand of football that excited the players as much as the fans. I bumped into a bloke recently who’d been a Fulham fan, home and away, for 51 years. He said the best football he’d ever seen was in that time. I said, ‘come on, in 51 years?’ He said ‘yeah, straight up’.” And he is equally certain who was his worst boss. Hayles celebrated in front of the dugout when he scored against Crystal Palace Credit: Action images “Neil Warnock,” he says, without hesitation. “We had a very brief relationship at Sheffield United. He bought me, gave me a three year contract then, four games in, I missed a chance against Reading. Next thing I know he’s sold me to Millwall. OK, these things happen. But he’s told everyone I’ve demanded a move because I don’t like northerners. I never even wanted to leave. He stitched me right up. When I went back to play there with Millwall I got stretchered off and had to go round the entire pitch, getting pelted. I got so much abuse from the Sheffield United fans it was ridiculous. When he was Crystal Palace manager, I played there with Leicester. I scored the winner and made sure I celebrated in front of his dug out.” Not that he need worry that Warnock will be anywhere near Windsor’s game next Saturday, when they travel to Stockton FC in the Vase quarter final. Hayles is hoping his hand will have repaired itself sufficiently by then so he can play. If it hasn’t, history suggests he’ll borrow one of Jamie Vardy’s old wrist casts and head out on to the field anyway. “I may be 45 but of course I dream of playing at Wembley. Most definitely. As a former player I was invited there a couple of years back by Stevenage for their FA Trophy final against Kidderminster. When Stevenage came back from two nil down to win I almost ran on the pitch. Seriously, I had to hold myself back. God it was lovely.”
The moment he was substituted in the 75th minute of Windsor FC’s recent 5-0 romp over Bracknell Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Barry Hayles let his displeasure be known in no uncertain terms. The former Fulham, Leicester and Millwall striker admits he didn’t so much walk from the pitch as stomp. “I went off with the right hump,” he says, as he sits in a café near his south London home. “The boys said to me afterwards that I looked like a five year old kid. They said my bottom lip was out and everything.” At this point, there is one important fact to establish about Barry Hayles: he is not a five year old kid. In May, at his next birthday, he will turn 46. “I know, I know. Embarrassing. I should know better. It looked bad,” he says, shaking his head at the memory of his ill-tempered exit. “But the thing was, although we were five up, I hadn’t scored.” He may no longer be the quickest, he may not be the most celebrated, but never mind in football, in the entire world of sport there can be few who can match Hayles when it comes to sheer unvarnished enthusiasm. Hayles&#39; career has spanned 29 years Credit: Action images “I just love it,” he says. “I tell the young lads to treat each game like it’s your last. Put everything into it. That’s what I do. Because you never know.” Hayles reckons his passion partly stems from the fact he was a late developer as a footballer. Working as a carpenter, he played for Stevenage in their non-league days before, at the age of 25, he was picked up by Bristol Rovers. From there he enjoyed a 13 year-long career as a professional, securing a dozen international caps for Jamaica. When finally he was released by Cheltenham in 2010, he cheerfully returned to his non-league roots. Anything for a game. He has been on the part-time circuit ever since, playing in places ranging from Chesham to Truro. And everywhere he goes, his smile grows wider. “So many old pros tell you they gave up too soon,” he says. “They say the one thing they wish is that they had carried on. Well why not play at a level where you don’t look out of place even at this age? Have a go. I’d 100 per cent recommend it. Though I would say this: you’ve got to love it to want to play on.” He arrived at Windsor last summer, taking on the role of player coach, while working during the week coaching youngsters at Cox Green Academy School in Maidenhead. Until he broke a bone in his hand at the end of January (“it was a collision, I didn’t punch anyone”) he had started 30 games in succession. And, with the exception of his momentary strop at Bracknell, he had finished all of them, scoring eleven times in the process. In that run, he has helped the club to the quarter final of the FA Vase. He is now but two wins from Wembley. “When I signed for Windsor the chairman highlighted the Vase, telling me this could be a chance to get to Wembley. He asked me if I’d ever played there. I didn’t like to tell him I’d played at the old place, before they’d knocked it down and rebuilt it. I can’t imagine there’s many still playing who can say that.” Hayles credits Jean Tigana as the best manager he worked with Credit: Getty images Despite his history, as he turns out for Windsor, surrounded by players less than half his age, Hayles insists he is constantly aware of the requirement to justify his selection. “If I’m honest, there are games when you think: should I really be here? Then I pop a goal in and I think: yeah I’ve got a right to be here, no matter how old I am.” His resilience, he reckons, is down to the habits instilled in him early in his professional career. “I am fit. I go on the bike a lot. I do a lot of running. I try to eat correctly. Do the right things. When I was at Fulham Jean Tigana was very good at making sure we looked after ourselves and I kind of took that on board and have been doing that ever since.” Indeed, looking back, he reckons the Frenchman who was in charge at Craven Cottage in the early noughties was the best manager he played for. “He got me in better shape, got me focussing on my style of play. He gave really good advice, trusted me. The benefits were obvious. And under him we played a brand of football that excited the players as much as the fans. I bumped into a bloke recently who’d been a Fulham fan, home and away, for 51 years. He said the best football he’d ever seen was in that time. I said, ‘come on, in 51 years?’ He said ‘yeah, straight up’.” And he is equally certain who was his worst boss. Hayles celebrated in front of the dugout when he scored against Crystal Palace Credit: Action images “Neil Warnock,” he says, without hesitation. “We had a very brief relationship at Sheffield United. He bought me, gave me a three year contract then, four games in, I missed a chance against Reading. Next thing I know he’s sold me to Millwall. OK, these things happen. But he’s told everyone I’ve demanded a move because I don’t like northerners. I never even wanted to leave. He stitched me right up. When I went back to play there with Millwall I got stretchered off and had to go round the entire pitch, getting pelted. I got so much abuse from the Sheffield United fans it was ridiculous. When he was Crystal Palace manager, I played there with Leicester. I scored the winner and made sure I celebrated in front of his dug out.” Not that he need worry that Warnock will be anywhere near Windsor’s game next Saturday, when they travel to Stockton FC in the Vase quarter final. Hayles is hoping his hand will have repaired itself sufficiently by then so he can play. If it hasn’t, history suggests he’ll borrow one of Jamie Vardy’s old wrist casts and head out on to the field anyway. “I may be 45 but of course I dream of playing at Wembley. Most definitely. As a former player I was invited there a couple of years back by Stevenage for their FA Trophy final against Kidderminster. When Stevenage came back from two nil down to win I almost ran on the pitch. Seriously, I had to hold myself back. God it was lovely.”
Barry Hayles on going strong at 45: 'Not many current players can say they walked out at the old Wembley'
The moment he was substituted in the 75th minute of Windsor FC’s recent 5-0 romp over Bracknell Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Barry Hayles let his displeasure be known in no uncertain terms. The former Fulham, Leicester and Millwall striker admits he didn’t so much walk from the pitch as stomp. “I went off with the right hump,” he says, as he sits in a café near his south London home. “The boys said to me afterwards that I looked like a five year old kid. They said my bottom lip was out and everything.” At this point, there is one important fact to establish about Barry Hayles: he is not a five year old kid. In May, at his next birthday, he will turn 46. “I know, I know. Embarrassing. I should know better. It looked bad,” he says, shaking his head at the memory of his ill-tempered exit. “But the thing was, although we were five up, I hadn’t scored.” He may no longer be the quickest, he may not be the most celebrated, but never mind in football, in the entire world of sport there can be few who can match Hayles when it comes to sheer unvarnished enthusiasm. Hayles' career has spanned 29 years Credit: Action images “I just love it,” he says. “I tell the young lads to treat each game like it’s your last. Put everything into it. That’s what I do. Because you never know.” Hayles reckons his passion partly stems from the fact he was a late developer as a footballer. Working as a carpenter, he played for Stevenage in their non-league days before, at the age of 25, he was picked up by Bristol Rovers. From there he enjoyed a 13 year-long career as a professional, securing a dozen international caps for Jamaica. When finally he was released by Cheltenham in 2010, he cheerfully returned to his non-league roots. Anything for a game. He has been on the part-time circuit ever since, playing in places ranging from Chesham to Truro. And everywhere he goes, his smile grows wider. “So many old pros tell you they gave up too soon,” he says. “They say the one thing they wish is that they had carried on. Well why not play at a level where you don’t look out of place even at this age? Have a go. I’d 100 per cent recommend it. Though I would say this: you’ve got to love it to want to play on.” He arrived at Windsor last summer, taking on the role of player coach, while working during the week coaching youngsters at Cox Green Academy School in Maidenhead. Until he broke a bone in his hand at the end of January (“it was a collision, I didn’t punch anyone”) he had started 30 games in succession. And, with the exception of his momentary strop at Bracknell, he had finished all of them, scoring eleven times in the process. In that run, he has helped the club to the quarter final of the FA Vase. He is now but two wins from Wembley. “When I signed for Windsor the chairman highlighted the Vase, telling me this could be a chance to get to Wembley. He asked me if I’d ever played there. I didn’t like to tell him I’d played at the old place, before they’d knocked it down and rebuilt it. I can’t imagine there’s many still playing who can say that.” Hayles credits Jean Tigana as the best manager he worked with Credit: Getty images Despite his history, as he turns out for Windsor, surrounded by players less than half his age, Hayles insists he is constantly aware of the requirement to justify his selection. “If I’m honest, there are games when you think: should I really be here? Then I pop a goal in and I think: yeah I’ve got a right to be here, no matter how old I am.” His resilience, he reckons, is down to the habits instilled in him early in his professional career. “I am fit. I go on the bike a lot. I do a lot of running. I try to eat correctly. Do the right things. When I was at Fulham Jean Tigana was very good at making sure we looked after ourselves and I kind of took that on board and have been doing that ever since.” Indeed, looking back, he reckons the Frenchman who was in charge at Craven Cottage in the early noughties was the best manager he played for. “He got me in better shape, got me focussing on my style of play. He gave really good advice, trusted me. The benefits were obvious. And under him we played a brand of football that excited the players as much as the fans. I bumped into a bloke recently who’d been a Fulham fan, home and away, for 51 years. He said the best football he’d ever seen was in that time. I said, ‘come on, in 51 years?’ He said ‘yeah, straight up’.” And he is equally certain who was his worst boss. Hayles celebrated in front of the dugout when he scored against Crystal Palace Credit: Action images “Neil Warnock,” he says, without hesitation. “We had a very brief relationship at Sheffield United. He bought me, gave me a three year contract then, four games in, I missed a chance against Reading. Next thing I know he’s sold me to Millwall. OK, these things happen. But he’s told everyone I’ve demanded a move because I don’t like northerners. I never even wanted to leave. He stitched me right up. When I went back to play there with Millwall I got stretchered off and had to go round the entire pitch, getting pelted. I got so much abuse from the Sheffield United fans it was ridiculous. When he was Crystal Palace manager, I played there with Leicester. I scored the winner and made sure I celebrated in front of his dug out.” Not that he need worry that Warnock will be anywhere near Windsor’s game next Saturday, when they travel to Stockton FC in the Vase quarter final. Hayles is hoping his hand will have repaired itself sufficiently by then so he can play. If it hasn’t, history suggests he’ll borrow one of Jamie Vardy’s old wrist casts and head out on to the field anyway. “I may be 45 but of course I dream of playing at Wembley. Most definitely. As a former player I was invited there a couple of years back by Stevenage for their FA Trophy final against Kidderminster. When Stevenage came back from two nil down to win I almost ran on the pitch. Seriously, I had to hold myself back. God it was lovely.”
The moment he was substituted in the 75th minute of Windsor FC’s recent 5-0 romp over Bracknell Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Barry Hayles let his displeasure be known in no uncertain terms. The former Fulham, Leicester and Millwall striker admits he didn’t so much walk from the pitch as stomp. “I went off with the right hump,” he says, as he sits in a café near his south London home. “The boys said to me afterwards that I looked like a five year old kid. They said my bottom lip was out and everything.” At this point, there is one important fact to establish about Barry Hayles: he is not a five year old kid. In May, at his next birthday, he will turn 46. “I know, I know. Embarrassing. I should know better. It looked bad,” he says, shaking his head at the memory of his ill-tempered exit. “But the thing was, although we were five up, I hadn’t scored.” He may no longer be the quickest, he may not be the most celebrated, but never mind in football, in the entire world of sport there can be few who can match Hayles when it comes to sheer unvarnished enthusiasm. Hayles&#39; career has spanned 29 years Credit: Action images “I just love it,” he says. “I tell the young lads to treat each game like it’s your last. Put everything into it. That’s what I do. Because you never know.” Hayles reckons his passion partly stems from the fact he was a late developer as a footballer. Working as a carpenter, he played for Stevenage in their non-league days before, at the age of 25, he was picked up by Bristol Rovers. From there he enjoyed a 13 year-long career as a professional, securing a dozen international caps for Jamaica. When finally he was released by Cheltenham in 2010, he cheerfully returned to his non-league roots. Anything for a game. He has been on the part-time circuit ever since, playing in places ranging from Chesham to Truro. And everywhere he goes, his smile grows wider. “So many old pros tell you they gave up too soon,” he says. “They say the one thing they wish is that they had carried on. Well why not play at a level where you don’t look out of place even at this age? Have a go. I’d 100 per cent recommend it. Though I would say this: you’ve got to love it to want to play on.” He arrived at Windsor last summer, taking on the role of player coach, while working during the week coaching youngsters at Cox Green Academy School in Maidenhead. Until he broke a bone in his hand at the end of January (“it was a collision, I didn’t punch anyone”) he had started 30 games in succession. And, with the exception of his momentary strop at Bracknell, he had finished all of them, scoring eleven times in the process. In that run, he has helped the club to the quarter final of the FA Vase. He is now but two wins from Wembley. “When I signed for Windsor the chairman highlighted the Vase, telling me this could be a chance to get to Wembley. He asked me if I’d ever played there. I didn’t like to tell him I’d played at the old place, before they’d knocked it down and rebuilt it. I can’t imagine there’s many still playing who can say that.” Hayles credits Jean Tigana as the best manager he worked with Credit: Getty images Despite his history, as he turns out for Windsor, surrounded by players less than half his age, Hayles insists he is constantly aware of the requirement to justify his selection. “If I’m honest, there are games when you think: should I really be here? Then I pop a goal in and I think: yeah I’ve got a right to be here, no matter how old I am.” His resilience, he reckons, is down to the habits instilled in him early in his professional career. “I am fit. I go on the bike a lot. I do a lot of running. I try to eat correctly. Do the right things. When I was at Fulham Jean Tigana was very good at making sure we looked after ourselves and I kind of took that on board and have been doing that ever since.” Indeed, looking back, he reckons the Frenchman who was in charge at Craven Cottage in the early noughties was the best manager he played for. “He got me in better shape, got me focussing on my style of play. He gave really good advice, trusted me. The benefits were obvious. And under him we played a brand of football that excited the players as much as the fans. I bumped into a bloke recently who’d been a Fulham fan, home and away, for 51 years. He said the best football he’d ever seen was in that time. I said, ‘come on, in 51 years?’ He said ‘yeah, straight up’.” And he is equally certain who was his worst boss. Hayles celebrated in front of the dugout when he scored against Crystal Palace Credit: Action images “Neil Warnock,” he says, without hesitation. “We had a very brief relationship at Sheffield United. He bought me, gave me a three year contract then, four games in, I missed a chance against Reading. Next thing I know he’s sold me to Millwall. OK, these things happen. But he’s told everyone I’ve demanded a move because I don’t like northerners. I never even wanted to leave. He stitched me right up. When I went back to play there with Millwall I got stretchered off and had to go round the entire pitch, getting pelted. I got so much abuse from the Sheffield United fans it was ridiculous. When he was Crystal Palace manager, I played there with Leicester. I scored the winner and made sure I celebrated in front of his dug out.” Not that he need worry that Warnock will be anywhere near Windsor’s game next Saturday, when they travel to Stockton FC in the Vase quarter final. Hayles is hoping his hand will have repaired itself sufficiently by then so he can play. If it hasn’t, history suggests he’ll borrow one of Jamie Vardy’s old wrist casts and head out on to the field anyway. “I may be 45 but of course I dream of playing at Wembley. Most definitely. As a former player I was invited there a couple of years back by Stevenage for their FA Trophy final against Kidderminster. When Stevenage came back from two nil down to win I almost ran on the pitch. Seriously, I had to hold myself back. God it was lovely.”
Barry Hayles on going strong at 45: 'Not many current players can say they walked out at the old Wembley'
The moment he was substituted in the 75th minute of Windsor FC’s recent 5-0 romp over Bracknell Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Barry Hayles let his displeasure be known in no uncertain terms. The former Fulham, Leicester and Millwall striker admits he didn’t so much walk from the pitch as stomp. “I went off with the right hump,” he says, as he sits in a café near his south London home. “The boys said to me afterwards that I looked like a five year old kid. They said my bottom lip was out and everything.” At this point, there is one important fact to establish about Barry Hayles: he is not a five year old kid. In May, at his next birthday, he will turn 46. “I know, I know. Embarrassing. I should know better. It looked bad,” he says, shaking his head at the memory of his ill-tempered exit. “But the thing was, although we were five up, I hadn’t scored.” He may no longer be the quickest, he may not be the most celebrated, but never mind in football, in the entire world of sport there can be few who can match Hayles when it comes to sheer unvarnished enthusiasm. Hayles' career has spanned 29 years Credit: Action images “I just love it,” he says. “I tell the young lads to treat each game like it’s your last. Put everything into it. That’s what I do. Because you never know.” Hayles reckons his passion partly stems from the fact he was a late developer as a footballer. Working as a carpenter, he played for Stevenage in their non-league days before, at the age of 25, he was picked up by Bristol Rovers. From there he enjoyed a 13 year-long career as a professional, securing a dozen international caps for Jamaica. When finally he was released by Cheltenham in 2010, he cheerfully returned to his non-league roots. Anything for a game. He has been on the part-time circuit ever since, playing in places ranging from Chesham to Truro. And everywhere he goes, his smile grows wider. “So many old pros tell you they gave up too soon,” he says. “They say the one thing they wish is that they had carried on. Well why not play at a level where you don’t look out of place even at this age? Have a go. I’d 100 per cent recommend it. Though I would say this: you’ve got to love it to want to play on.” He arrived at Windsor last summer, taking on the role of player coach, while working during the week coaching youngsters at Cox Green Academy School in Maidenhead. Until he broke a bone in his hand at the end of January (“it was a collision, I didn’t punch anyone”) he had started 30 games in succession. And, with the exception of his momentary strop at Bracknell, he had finished all of them, scoring eleven times in the process. In that run, he has helped the club to the quarter final of the FA Vase. He is now but two wins from Wembley. “When I signed for Windsor the chairman highlighted the Vase, telling me this could be a chance to get to Wembley. He asked me if I’d ever played there. I didn’t like to tell him I’d played at the old place, before they’d knocked it down and rebuilt it. I can’t imagine there’s many still playing who can say that.” Hayles credits Jean Tigana as the best manager he worked with Credit: Getty images Despite his history, as he turns out for Windsor, surrounded by players less than half his age, Hayles insists he is constantly aware of the requirement to justify his selection. “If I’m honest, there are games when you think: should I really be here? Then I pop a goal in and I think: yeah I’ve got a right to be here, no matter how old I am.” His resilience, he reckons, is down to the habits instilled in him early in his professional career. “I am fit. I go on the bike a lot. I do a lot of running. I try to eat correctly. Do the right things. When I was at Fulham Jean Tigana was very good at making sure we looked after ourselves and I kind of took that on board and have been doing that ever since.” Indeed, looking back, he reckons the Frenchman who was in charge at Craven Cottage in the early noughties was the best manager he played for. “He got me in better shape, got me focussing on my style of play. He gave really good advice, trusted me. The benefits were obvious. And under him we played a brand of football that excited the players as much as the fans. I bumped into a bloke recently who’d been a Fulham fan, home and away, for 51 years. He said the best football he’d ever seen was in that time. I said, ‘come on, in 51 years?’ He said ‘yeah, straight up’.” And he is equally certain who was his worst boss. Hayles celebrated in front of the dugout when he scored against Crystal Palace Credit: Action images “Neil Warnock,” he says, without hesitation. “We had a very brief relationship at Sheffield United. He bought me, gave me a three year contract then, four games in, I missed a chance against Reading. Next thing I know he’s sold me to Millwall. OK, these things happen. But he’s told everyone I’ve demanded a move because I don’t like northerners. I never even wanted to leave. He stitched me right up. When I went back to play there with Millwall I got stretchered off and had to go round the entire pitch, getting pelted. I got so much abuse from the Sheffield United fans it was ridiculous. When he was Crystal Palace manager, I played there with Leicester. I scored the winner and made sure I celebrated in front of his dug out.” Not that he need worry that Warnock will be anywhere near Windsor’s game next Saturday, when they travel to Stockton FC in the Vase quarter final. Hayles is hoping his hand will have repaired itself sufficiently by then so he can play. If it hasn’t, history suggests he’ll borrow one of Jamie Vardy’s old wrist casts and head out on to the field anyway. “I may be 45 but of course I dream of playing at Wembley. Most definitely. As a former player I was invited there a couple of years back by Stevenage for their FA Trophy final against Kidderminster. When Stevenage came back from two nil down to win I almost ran on the pitch. Seriously, I had to hold myself back. God it was lovely.”
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading&#39;s Jon Dadi Bodvarsson celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading's Jon Dadi Bodvarsson celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading&#39;s Jon Dadi Bodvarsson celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading's Jon Dadi Bodvarsson celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading&#39;s Jon Dadi Bodvarsson celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading's Jon Dadi Bodvarsson celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading manager Jaap Stam Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading manager Jaap Stam Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading&#39;s Leandro Bacuna in action with Stevenage&#39;s Matthew Godden Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading's Leandro Bacuna in action with Stevenage's Matthew Godden Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading&#39;s Pelle Clement in action with Stevenage&#39;s Mark McKee Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading's Pelle Clement in action with Stevenage's Mark McKee Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Stevenage&#39;s Ben Kennedy looks dejected Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Stevenage's Ben Kennedy looks dejected Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading&#39;s Leandro Bacuna Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading's Leandro Bacuna Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading&#39;s Leandro Bacuna in action with Stevenage&#39;s Ben Kennedy Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading's Leandro Bacuna in action with Stevenage's Ben Kennedy Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading manager Jaap Stam Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading manager Jaap Stam Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Stevenage manager Darren Sarll Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Stevenage manager Darren Sarll Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading manager Jaap Stam Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading manager Jaap Stam Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Liverpool keeping tabs on Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot with Tottenham and Southampton also interested
Liverpool keeping tabs on Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot with Tottenham and Southampton also interested
Liverpool keeping tabs on Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot with Tottenham and Southampton also interested
Liverpool keeping tabs on Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot with Tottenham and Southampton also interested
Liverpool keeping tabs on Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot with Tottenham and Southampton also interested
Liverpool keeping tabs on Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot with Tottenham and Southampton also interested
Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd&#39;s 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day.&quot; There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already. “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season. “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two. “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club. Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We&#39;ll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We&#39;re ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here&#39;s the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go&#39;orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight&#39;s game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain&#39;s more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That&#39;s what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We&#39;ll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It&#39;s Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 &quot;Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup,&quot; says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That&#39;s enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently. 6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels&#39; &#39;Now, that&#39;s magic!&#39; Paul &#39;Magic Man&#39; Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you&#39;re all wrong, &#39;the magic of the FA Cup&#39; is the greatest magic of them all, and we&#39;re about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say &#39;about&#39; I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You&#39;ll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger&#39;s shirt. 6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January
FA Cup fourth round draw: Yeovil Town get dream home tie against Manchester United
Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd's 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day." There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already. “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season. “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two. “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club. Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We'll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We're ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here's the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go'orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight's game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain's more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That's what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We'll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It's Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 "Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup," says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That's enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently. 6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels' 'Now, that's magic!' Paul 'Magic Man' Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you're all wrong, 'the magic of the FA Cup' is the greatest magic of them all, and we're about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say 'about' I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You'll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger's shirt. 6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January
Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd&#39;s 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day.&quot; There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already. “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season. “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two. “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club. Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We&#39;ll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We&#39;re ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here&#39;s the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go&#39;orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight&#39;s game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain&#39;s more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That&#39;s what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We&#39;ll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It&#39;s Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 &quot;Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup,&quot; says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That&#39;s enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently. 6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels&#39; &#39;Now, that&#39;s magic!&#39; Paul &#39;Magic Man&#39; Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you&#39;re all wrong, &#39;the magic of the FA Cup&#39; is the greatest magic of them all, and we&#39;re about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say &#39;about&#39; I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You&#39;ll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger&#39;s shirt. 6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January
FA Cup fourth round draw: Yeovil Town get dream home tie against Manchester United
Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd's 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day." There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already. “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season. “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two. “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club. Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We'll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We're ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here's the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go'orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight's game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain's more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That's what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We'll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It's Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 "Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup," says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That's enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently. 6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels' 'Now, that's magic!' Paul 'Magic Man' Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you're all wrong, 'the magic of the FA Cup' is the greatest magic of them all, and we're about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say 'about' I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You'll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger's shirt. 6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January
Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd&#39;s 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day.&quot; There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already. “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season. “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two. “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club. Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We&#39;ll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We&#39;re ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here&#39;s the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go&#39;orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight&#39;s game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain&#39;s more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That&#39;s what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We&#39;ll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It&#39;s Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 &quot;Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup,&quot; says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That&#39;s enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently. 6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels&#39; &#39;Now, that&#39;s magic!&#39; Paul &#39;Magic Man&#39; Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you&#39;re all wrong, &#39;the magic of the FA Cup&#39; is the greatest magic of them all, and we&#39;re about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say &#39;about&#39; I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You&#39;ll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger&#39;s shirt. 6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January
FA Cup fourth round draw: Yeovil Town get dream home tie against Manchester United
Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd's 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day." There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already. “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season. “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two. “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club. Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We'll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We're ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here's the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go'orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight's game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain's more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That's what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We'll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It's Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 "Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup," says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That's enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently. 6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels' 'Now, that's magic!' Paul 'Magic Man' Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you're all wrong, 'the magic of the FA Cup' is the greatest magic of them all, and we're about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say 'about' I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You'll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger's shirt. 6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January
Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd&#39;s 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day.&quot; There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already. “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season. “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two. “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club. Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We&#39;ll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We&#39;re ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here&#39;s the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go&#39;orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight&#39;s game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain&#39;s more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That&#39;s what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We&#39;ll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It&#39;s Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 &quot;Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup,&quot; says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That&#39;s enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently. 6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels&#39; &#39;Now, that&#39;s magic!&#39; Paul &#39;Magic Man&#39; Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you&#39;re all wrong, &#39;the magic of the FA Cup&#39; is the greatest magic of them all, and we&#39;re about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say &#39;about&#39; I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You&#39;ll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger&#39;s shirt. 6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January
FA Cup fourth round draw: Yeovil Town get dream home tie against Manchester United
Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd's 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day." There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already. “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season. “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two. “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club. Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We'll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We're ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here's the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go'orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight's game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain's more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That's what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We'll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It's Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 "Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup," says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That's enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently. 6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels' 'Now, that's magic!' Paul 'Magic Man' Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you're all wrong, 'the magic of the FA Cup' is the greatest magic of them all, and we're about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say 'about' I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You'll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger's shirt. 6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January
Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd&#39;s 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day.&quot; There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already. “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season. “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two. “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club. Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We&#39;ll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We&#39;re ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here&#39;s the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go&#39;orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight&#39;s game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain&#39;s more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That&#39;s what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We&#39;ll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It&#39;s Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 &quot;Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup,&quot; says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That&#39;s enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently. 6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels&#39; &#39;Now, that&#39;s magic!&#39; Paul &#39;Magic Man&#39; Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you&#39;re all wrong, &#39;the magic of the FA Cup&#39; is the greatest magic of them all, and we&#39;re about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say &#39;about&#39; I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You&#39;ll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger&#39;s shirt. 6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January
FA Cup fourth round draw: Yeovil Town get dream home tie against Manchester United
Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd's 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day." There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already. “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season. “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two. “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club. Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We'll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We're ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here's the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go'orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight's game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain's more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That's what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We'll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It's Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 "Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup," says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That's enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently. 6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels' 'Now, that's magic!' Paul 'Magic Man' Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you're all wrong, 'the magic of the FA Cup' is the greatest magic of them all, and we're about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say 'about' I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You'll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger's shirt. 6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January
<p>In a day of few shocks in the FA Cup&#39;s much anticipated third round games, Stoke City was the biggest of the big guns to fall out of the world&#39;s most famous cup competition.</p><p>Peterborough United and Rochdale came out as surprising winners, while Fleetwood Town and League Two side Mansfield Town also earned a replay against higher league opposition. </p><p>The early kick-off saw League one outfit <strong>Fleetwood</strong> earn a replay against Premier League side <a href="http://www.90min.com/posts/5939538-fleetwood-town-0-0-leicester-city-courageous-cod-army-earn-fa-cup-replay-against-feeble-foxes" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Leicester City" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Leicester City</a>as they drew 0-0 in what was a very dull affair at the Highbury Stadium.</p><p>In the days other early game <strong>Middlesbrough</strong> eased passed Championship strugglers <strong>Sunderland</strong> with goals on the day coming from Rudy Gestede and Martin Braithwaite in an easy 2-0 win at the Riverside Stadium.</p><p>An upset was on the cards in the only all Premier League tie of the third round, when the <strong>Burnley</strong> led at the break against <strong>Manchester City</strong> after an Ashley Barnes strike. However, all hope of an upset was killed as <a href="http://www.90min.com/posts/5939684-man-city-4-1-burnley-aguero-s-dizzying-double-propels-city-to-victory-against-gritty-clarets" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:City came out firing in the second period" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">City came out firing in the second period</a> and scored four goals, with Leroy Sane, Bernando Silva and Sergio Aguero (2) securing a 4-1 victory.</p><p>One of the most dramatic games of the day came at Villa Park, as League One side <strong>Peterborough </strong>scored three late goals against Championship outfit <strong>Aston Villa </strong>to win 3-1. </p><p>In a dramatic affair at the Vitality Stadium,<strong> Bournemouth</strong> saved their blushes after they went 2-0 down at home to League one leaders <strong>Wigan Athletic</strong>. However, goals from Lys Mousset and a late equalizer from Steve Cook meant that the Cherries earned a replay.</p><p>The biggest upset of the day came as League two side <strong>Coventry City</strong> beat Premier League side <strong>Stoke City</strong> 2-1 at the Ricoh Arena. Another League two side caused an upset as <strong>Yeovil</strong> <strong>Town</strong> beat League one side <strong>Bradford</strong> 2-0 at home, with goals on the day coming from Marcus Barnes and Jordan Green.</p><p>Struggling <strong>Rochdale</strong> surprised everyone by defeating <strong>Doncaster</strong> 1-0 away, with the Dale playing away from home. In another amazing game, <strong>Preston</strong> thrashed <strong>Wycombe Wanderers</strong> 5-1 at Adams Park, with former Manchester United man Josh Harrop scoring twice on the day.</p><p><strong>Sheffield United</strong> beat<strong> Ipswich Town</strong> 1-0 at Portman Road, and with a similar scoreline <strong>Birmingham City </strong>defeated <strong>Burton Albion </strong>at St.Andrew&#39;s.</p><p>There were no shocks with any of the other Premier League sides as <strong>Newcaslte United</strong> eased passed League two side <strong>Luton Town</strong> with a 3-1 victory, <strong>Watford</strong> defeated <strong>Bristol City</strong> 3-0, <strong>Southampton</strong> won 1-0 away at <strong>Fulham</strong> and <strong>Huddersfield</strong> beat <strong>Bolton Wanderers</strong> 2-1 at the Macron Stadium.</p><p><strong>West Brom</strong> got their first win under Alan Pardew with a 2-0 win away at <strong>Exeter City</strong>. In an all Championship affair, <strong>Millwall</strong> convincingly beat <strong>Barnsley</strong> 4-1. </p><p>League One side <strong>MK Dons</strong> beat Championship strugglers <strong>QPR</strong> 1-0 at Loftus Road, while League Two outfit <strong>Notts County</strong> won 1-0 away at <strong>Brentford</strong>. There was no shock at Ewood Park as <strong>Hull City </strong>won 1-0 against League one side <strong>Blackburn Rovers</strong>.</p><p><strong>Reading </strong>drew 0-0 with <strong>Stevenage</strong>, <strong>Carlisle United</strong> held on to a 0-0 draw against <strong>Sheffield Wednesday</strong>, <strong>Wolverhampton Wanderers </strong>drew at home to <strong>Swansea </strong>in a match that saw two red cards, one for either side. </p><p><strong>Cardiff City</strong>, meanwhile, drew 0-0 at home to <strong>Mansfield</strong>. </p>
FA Cup Roundup: Stoke City Crashes Out as Man City, Huddersfield, Saints Safely Progress

In a day of few shocks in the FA Cup's much anticipated third round games, Stoke City was the biggest of the big guns to fall out of the world's most famous cup competition.

Peterborough United and Rochdale came out as surprising winners, while Fleetwood Town and League Two side Mansfield Town also earned a replay against higher league opposition.

The early kick-off saw League one outfit Fleetwood earn a replay against Premier League side Leicester Cityas they drew 0-0 in what was a very dull affair at the Highbury Stadium.

In the days other early game Middlesbrough eased passed Championship strugglers Sunderland with goals on the day coming from Rudy Gestede and Martin Braithwaite in an easy 2-0 win at the Riverside Stadium.

An upset was on the cards in the only all Premier League tie of the third round, when the Burnley led at the break against Manchester City after an Ashley Barnes strike. However, all hope of an upset was killed as City came out firing in the second period and scored four goals, with Leroy Sane, Bernando Silva and Sergio Aguero (2) securing a 4-1 victory.

One of the most dramatic games of the day came at Villa Park, as League One side Peterborough scored three late goals against Championship outfit Aston Villa to win 3-1.

In a dramatic affair at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth saved their blushes after they went 2-0 down at home to League one leaders Wigan Athletic. However, goals from Lys Mousset and a late equalizer from Steve Cook meant that the Cherries earned a replay.

The biggest upset of the day came as League two side Coventry City beat Premier League side Stoke City 2-1 at the Ricoh Arena. Another League two side caused an upset as Yeovil Town beat League one side Bradford 2-0 at home, with goals on the day coming from Marcus Barnes and Jordan Green.

Struggling Rochdale surprised everyone by defeating Doncaster 1-0 away, with the Dale playing away from home. In another amazing game, Preston thrashed Wycombe Wanderers 5-1 at Adams Park, with former Manchester United man Josh Harrop scoring twice on the day.

Sheffield United beat Ipswich Town 1-0 at Portman Road, and with a similar scoreline Birmingham City defeated Burton Albion at St.Andrew's.

There were no shocks with any of the other Premier League sides as Newcaslte United eased passed League two side Luton Town with a 3-1 victory, Watford defeated Bristol City 3-0, Southampton won 1-0 away at Fulham and Huddersfield beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at the Macron Stadium.

West Brom got their first win under Alan Pardew with a 2-0 win away at Exeter City. In an all Championship affair, Millwall convincingly beat Barnsley 4-1.

League One side MK Dons beat Championship strugglers QPR 1-0 at Loftus Road, while League Two outfit Notts County won 1-0 away at Brentford. There was no shock at Ewood Park as Hull City won 1-0 against League one side Blackburn Rovers.

Reading drew 0-0 with Stevenage, Carlisle United held on to a 0-0 draw against Sheffield Wednesday, Wolverhampton Wanderers drew at home to Swansea in a match that saw two red cards, one for either side.

Cardiff City, meanwhile, drew 0-0 at home to Mansfield.

<p>In a day of few shocks in the FA Cup&#39;s much anticipated third round games, Stoke City was the biggest of the big guns to fall out of the world&#39;s most famous cup competition.</p><p>Peterborough United and Rochdale came out as surprising winners, while Fleetwood Town and League Two side Mansfield Town also earned a replay against higher league opposition. </p><p>The early kick-off saw League one outfit <strong>Fleetwood</strong> earn a replay against Premier League side <a href="http://www.90min.com/posts/5939538-fleetwood-town-0-0-leicester-city-courageous-cod-army-earn-fa-cup-replay-against-feeble-foxes" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Leicester City" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Leicester City</a>as they drew 0-0 in what was a very dull affair at the Highbury Stadium.</p><p>In the days other early game <strong>Middlesbrough</strong> eased passed Championship strugglers <strong>Sunderland</strong> with goals on the day coming from Rudy Gestede and Martin Braithwaite in an easy 2-0 win at the Riverside Stadium.</p><p>An upset was on the cards in the only all Premier League tie of the third round, when the <strong>Burnley</strong> led at the break against <strong>Manchester City</strong> after an Ashley Barnes strike. However, all hope of an upset was killed as <a href="http://www.90min.com/posts/5939684-man-city-4-1-burnley-aguero-s-dizzying-double-propels-city-to-victory-against-gritty-clarets" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:City came out firing in the second period" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">City came out firing in the second period</a> and scored four goals, with Leroy Sane, Bernando Silva and Sergio Aguero (2) securing a 4-1 victory.</p><p>One of the most dramatic games of the day came at Villa Park, as League One side <strong>Peterborough </strong>scored three late goals against Championship outfit <strong>Aston Villa </strong>to win 3-1. </p><p>In a dramatic affair at the Vitality Stadium,<strong> Bournemouth</strong> saved their blushes after they went 2-0 down at home to League one leaders <strong>Wigan Athletic</strong>. However, goals from Lys Mousset and a late equalizer from Steve Cook meant that the Cherries earned a replay.</p><p>The biggest upset of the day came as League two side <strong>Coventry City</strong> beat Premier League side <strong>Stoke City</strong> 2-1 at the Ricoh Arena. Another League two side caused an upset as <strong>Yeovil</strong> <strong>Town</strong> beat League one side <strong>Bradford</strong> 2-0 at home, with goals on the day coming from Marcus Barnes and Jordan Green.</p><p>Struggling <strong>Rochdale</strong> surprised everyone by defeating <strong>Doncaster</strong> 1-0 away, with the Dale playing away from home. In another amazing game, <strong>Preston</strong> thrashed <strong>Wycombe Wanderers</strong> 5-1 at Adams Park, with former Manchester United man Josh Harrop scoring twice on the day.</p><p><strong>Sheffield United</strong> beat<strong> Ipswich Town</strong> 1-0 at Portman Road, and with a similar scoreline <strong>Birmingham City </strong>defeated <strong>Burton Albion </strong>at St.Andrew&#39;s.</p><p>There were no shocks with any of the other Premier League sides as <strong>Newcaslte United</strong> eased passed League two side <strong>Luton Town</strong> with a 3-1 victory, <strong>Watford</strong> defeated <strong>Bristol City</strong> 3-0, <strong>Southampton</strong> won 1-0 away at <strong>Fulham</strong> and <strong>Huddersfield</strong> beat <strong>Bolton Wanderers</strong> 2-1 at the Macron Stadium.</p><p><strong>West Brom</strong> got their first win under Alan Pardew with a 2-0 win away at <strong>Exeter City</strong>. In an all Championship affair, <strong>Millwall</strong> convincingly beat <strong>Barnsley</strong> 4-1. </p><p>League One side <strong>MK Dons</strong> beat Championship strugglers <strong>QPR</strong> 1-0 at Loftus Road, while League Two outfit <strong>Notts County</strong> won 1-0 away at <strong>Brentford</strong>. There was no shock at Ewood Park as <strong>Hull City </strong>won 1-0 against League one side <strong>Blackburn Rovers</strong>.</p><p><strong>Reading </strong>drew 0-0 with <strong>Stevenage</strong>, <strong>Carlisle United</strong> held on to a 0-0 draw against <strong>Sheffield Wednesday</strong>, <strong>Wolverhampton Wanderers </strong>drew at home to <strong>Swansea </strong>in a match that saw two red cards, one for either side. </p><p><strong>Cardiff City</strong>, meanwhile, drew 0-0 at home to <strong>Mansfield</strong>. </p>
FA Cup Roundup: Stoke City Crashes Out as Man City, Huddersfield, Saints Safely Progress

In a day of few shocks in the FA Cup's much anticipated third round games, Stoke City was the biggest of the big guns to fall out of the world's most famous cup competition.

Peterborough United and Rochdale came out as surprising winners, while Fleetwood Town and League Two side Mansfield Town also earned a replay against higher league opposition.

The early kick-off saw League one outfit Fleetwood earn a replay against Premier League side Leicester Cityas they drew 0-0 in what was a very dull affair at the Highbury Stadium.

In the days other early game Middlesbrough eased passed Championship strugglers Sunderland with goals on the day coming from Rudy Gestede and Martin Braithwaite in an easy 2-0 win at the Riverside Stadium.

An upset was on the cards in the only all Premier League tie of the third round, when the Burnley led at the break against Manchester City after an Ashley Barnes strike. However, all hope of an upset was killed as City came out firing in the second period and scored four goals, with Leroy Sane, Bernando Silva and Sergio Aguero (2) securing a 4-1 victory.

One of the most dramatic games of the day came at Villa Park, as League One side Peterborough scored three late goals against Championship outfit Aston Villa to win 3-1.

In a dramatic affair at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth saved their blushes after they went 2-0 down at home to League one leaders Wigan Athletic. However, goals from Lys Mousset and a late equalizer from Steve Cook meant that the Cherries earned a replay.

The biggest upset of the day came as League two side Coventry City beat Premier League side Stoke City 2-1 at the Ricoh Arena. Another League two side caused an upset as Yeovil Town beat League one side Bradford 2-0 at home, with goals on the day coming from Marcus Barnes and Jordan Green.

Struggling Rochdale surprised everyone by defeating Doncaster 1-0 away, with the Dale playing away from home. In another amazing game, Preston thrashed Wycombe Wanderers 5-1 at Adams Park, with former Manchester United man Josh Harrop scoring twice on the day.

Sheffield United beat Ipswich Town 1-0 at Portman Road, and with a similar scoreline Birmingham City defeated Burton Albion at St.Andrew's.

There were no shocks with any of the other Premier League sides as Newcaslte United eased passed League two side Luton Town with a 3-1 victory, Watford defeated Bristol City 3-0, Southampton won 1-0 away at Fulham and Huddersfield beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at the Macron Stadium.

West Brom got their first win under Alan Pardew with a 2-0 win away at Exeter City. In an all Championship affair, Millwall convincingly beat Barnsley 4-1.

League One side MK Dons beat Championship strugglers QPR 1-0 at Loftus Road, while League Two outfit Notts County won 1-0 away at Brentford. There was no shock at Ewood Park as Hull City won 1-0 against League one side Blackburn Rovers.

Reading drew 0-0 with Stevenage, Carlisle United held on to a 0-0 draw against Sheffield Wednesday, Wolverhampton Wanderers drew at home to Swansea in a match that saw two red cards, one for either side.

Cardiff City, meanwhile, drew 0-0 at home to Mansfield.

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading - The Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - January 6, 2018 Reading&#39;s John Swift in action with Stevenage&#39;s Jonathan Smith Action Images/Alan Walter
FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading - The Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - January 6, 2018 Reading's John Swift in action with Stevenage's Jonathan Smith Action Images/Alan Walter
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FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading
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Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading - The Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - January 6, 2018 Stevenage&#39;s Danny Newton in action with Reading&#39;s George Evans and Chris Gunter Action Images/Alan Walter
FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading - The Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - January 6, 2018 Stevenage's Danny Newton in action with Reading's George Evans and Chris Gunter Action Images/Alan Walter
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading - The Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - January 6, 2018 Reading&#39;s Anssi Jaakola Action Images/Alan Walter
FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading - The Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - January 6, 2018 Reading's Anssi Jaakola Action Images/Alan Walter
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FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading
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FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading
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Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading - The Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - January 6, 2018 Reading manager Jaap Stam Action Images/Alan Walter
FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading
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FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading
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FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading
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FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading
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FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading
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FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading
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Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading - The Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - January 6, 2018 Stevenage manager Darren Sarll Action Images/Alan Walter
FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading
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FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading
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FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading
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FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading - The Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - January 6, 2018 Reading's David Edwards in action with Stevenage's Thomas Pett Action Images/Alan Walter
The draw for the third round of the FA Cup has produced a series of major derbies, including a first match at this stage of the competition since 1932 between Liverpool and Everton. Jurgen Klopp and Sam Allardyce’s teams were paired together during Monday night’s draw, as were Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion. North-East neighbours Sunderland and Middlesbrough, who have both been relegated in recent years to the Championship, were also drawn together. Arsenal, who are attempting to win the trophy for a fourth time in five years, will begin their defence at Nottingham Forest. Other especially eye-catching fixtures include AFC Wimbledon’s return to Wembley in the FA Cup some 30 years on from their memorable triumph in 1988 to face Tottenham Hotspur. Luton Town, now of League Two and the FA Cup finalists in 1959, also have glamorous away Premier League opponents in Newcastle United. Premier League leaders Manchester City have a tricky home tie against Sean Dyche’s Burnley, while Manchester United host Derby County and Chelsea are away at Norwich City. Who will be lifting the FA Cup come what May? Credit: Getty Images Hereford, who are in the seventh tier of the football pyramid, will face 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City if they manage to overcome Fleetwood in their second-round replay. Four non-league sides were involved in the draw, which was conducted by Glenn Hoddle and Jermain Jenas ahead of the second-round match between Slough Town and Rochdale, but none are currently guaranteed a place in the third round. National League club AFC Fylde will have the opportunity to face Premier League opposition in Bournemouth if they beat Wigan Athletic in their replay. Woking, who also play in the fifth tier of the pyramid, have the chance to play at Villa Park against Aston Villa if they beat Peterborough in their replay. The ties will take place on Jan 5-7, with timings dependent on which matches are selected for live screening by BBC and BT Sport. There was criticism last year that broadcasters often opted to show big Premier League clubs rather than the more romantic ties, such as the third-round fixture between non-league Sutton United and AFC Wimbledon. Sutton did eventually make it to a televised tie against Arsenal in the fifth round. Arsenal subsequently beat Manchester City and Chelsea in the semi-final and final to win what was a record 13th FA Cup. The draw in full: Ipswich v Sheffield United Watford v Bristol City Birmingham v Burton Liverpool v Everton Brighton v Crystal Palace Aston Villa v Woking or Peterborough Bournemouth v AFC Fylde or Wigan Coventry v Stoke Arsene Wenger&#39;s Arsenal travel to Nottingham Forest Newport v Leeds Bolton v Huddersfield Port Vale or Yeovil v Bradford Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Brentford v Notts County QPR v MK Dons Manchester United v Derby Forest Green or Exeter v West Brom Doncaster v Slough Town or Rochdale Tottenham v AFC Wimbledon Middlesbrough v Sunderland Fleetwood or Hereford v Leicester Blackburn or Crewe v Hull Cardiff v Mansfield Manchester City v Burnley Shrewsbury v West Ham Wolves v Swansea Stevenage v Reading Newcastle v Luton Millwall v Barnsley Fulham v Southampton Wycombe v Preston Norwich v Chelsea Gillingham or Carlisle v Sheffield Wednesday Ties to be played January 5-7 7:27PM One for the ages? Another exciting looking tie is 2016 Premier League champions away at Hereford United (if Hereford can win their replay against Fleetwood Town. 7:23PM That concludes the draw No doubts about the tie of the round there...Liverpool will host Everton! There&#39;s also Brighton vs Crystal Palace and Bournemouth at home against non-league Fylde or Wigan. 7:22PM Last up Gillingham or Carlisle vs Sheffield Wednesday 7:21PM Tough draw Norwich Norwich City vs Chelsea 7:21PM Next Wycombe Wanderers vs Preston North End 7:21PM Next up Fulham vs Southampton 7:21PM All-Championship tie Millwall vs Barnsley 7:20PM Home banker? Newcastle vs Luton Town 7:20PM Next up Stevenage vs Reading 7:20PM The home side could be the favourites here Wolves vs Swansea 7:20PM Another giant-killing for Shrewsbury? Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham 7:20PM All Premier League tie Manchester City vs Burnley 7:19PM Next up Cardiff City vs Mansfield Town 7:19PM Upset alert Blackburn or Crewe vs Hull City 7:19PM Great draw Fleetwood Town or Hereford vs Leicester City 7:19PM Tees-Wear derby Middlesbrough vs Sunderland 7:18PM London derby Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon 7:18PM The Slough fans seem a bit upset... Doncaster Rovers vs Slough Town or Rochdale 7:18PM Banana skin? Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City vs West Brom 7:17PM United are up against... Manchester United vs Derby County 7:17PM Next up QPR vs MK Dons 7:17PM Next up Brentford vs Notts County 7:16PM The holders will play... Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal 7:16PM Next Port Vale or Yeovil Town v Bradford City 7:16PM Local derby Bolton Wanderers vs Huddersfield Town 7:16PM Next up Newport County vs Leeds United 7:16PM A tale of two cities Coventry City vs Stoke City 7:15PM Potentially a huge trip for non-league Fylde Bournemouth vs AFC Fylde or Wigan 7:15PM Less exciting Aston Villa vs Woking or Peterborough United 7:15PM And another big rivalry! Brighton vs Crystal Palace 7:14PM Would you believe it?! Liverpool vs Everton 7:14PM Next Birmingham City vs Burton Albion 7:14PM Next Watford vs Bristol City 7:14PM First up Ipswich Town vs Sheffield United 7:12PM Here we go Jake Humphrey is the host, and the venue is Slough Town&#39;s home ground Holloways Park ahead of Slough&#39;s FA Cup second round match tonight against Rochdale. Glenn Hoddle and Jermaine Jenas will make the draw. 7:01PM Nearly there The draw will be getting under way in around about 10 minutes. Hereford v Newcastle? Wrexham v Arsenal? Sutton v Coventry? Yep, the BBC&#39;s montage has them all. 6:28PM An English institution Evening all, Welcome to our coverage of one of the great days in the English sporting calendar. Yes we are just minutes away from seeing which lower-league teams will get a chance to lose 3-0 against the second string of one of the Premier League&#39;s leading lights. For these part-time plumbers and postmen, the opportunity to test themselves against Mohamed Elneny and Matteo Darmian is just a draw of a ball away. There is also the opportunity to be patronised the hell out of by BBC commentators and possibly go down in football folklore for ever more. Think Ronny Radford scoring for Hereford against Newcastle, Mickey Thomas for Wrexham against Arsenal, er Nigel Jemson for Shrewsbury against Everton. The third round stage is of course when all the Premier League and Championship teams join the competition, and alongside them will be four non-league teams in the pot - AFC Fylde, Hereford, Slough and Woking. Arsenal are the current FA Cup holders Credit: AP Woking you may recall have some pedigree in this competition. In January 1991 the Surrey-based side pulled off one of the great FA Cup shocks when as a Conference team they knocked out second-tier outfit West Brom 4-2 at the Hawthorns. They were then beaten 1-0 by top-flight side Everton in the fourth round. More recently, Woking reached the third round in 1997 and took Premier League side Coventry to a replay which they narrowly lost 2-1. But enough about Woking. Tonight&#39;s draw gets under way at around 7pm, and precedes the second round match between seventh-tier Slough Town and League One side Rochdale. Here are the ball numbers in full: Bournemouth Arsenal Aston Villa Barnsley Birmingham City Bolton Brentford Brighton Bristol City Burnley Burton Albion Cardiff City Chelsea Crystal Palace Derby County Everton Fulham Huddersfield Hull City Ipswich Town Leeds United Leicester Liverpool Manchester City Manchester United Middlesbrough Millwall Newcastle Norwich City Nottingham Forest Preston North End QPR Reading Sheffield United Sheffield Wednesday Southampton Stoke Sunderland Swansea Tottenham Watford West Brom West Ham Wolves Woking or Peterborough MK Dons Newport County Wycombe Wanderers Port Vale/Yeovil Shrewsbury Town Doncaster Rovers Slough Town or Rochdale AFC Wimbledon Stevenage Mansfield Town Luton Town Bradford City Blackburn/Crewe AFC Fylde or Wigan Gillingham or Carlisle Notts County Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City Fleetwood Town or Hereford Coventry City
FA Cup third-round draw in full: Liverpool v Everton and Brighton v Crystal Palace the stand-out ties
The draw for the third round of the FA Cup has produced a series of major derbies, including a first match at this stage of the competition since 1932 between Liverpool and Everton. Jurgen Klopp and Sam Allardyce’s teams were paired together during Monday night’s draw, as were Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion. North-East neighbours Sunderland and Middlesbrough, who have both been relegated in recent years to the Championship, were also drawn together. Arsenal, who are attempting to win the trophy for a fourth time in five years, will begin their defence at Nottingham Forest. Other especially eye-catching fixtures include AFC Wimbledon’s return to Wembley in the FA Cup some 30 years on from their memorable triumph in 1988 to face Tottenham Hotspur. Luton Town, now of League Two and the FA Cup finalists in 1959, also have glamorous away Premier League opponents in Newcastle United. Premier League leaders Manchester City have a tricky home tie against Sean Dyche’s Burnley, while Manchester United host Derby County and Chelsea are away at Norwich City. Who will be lifting the FA Cup come what May? Credit: Getty Images Hereford, who are in the seventh tier of the football pyramid, will face 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City if they manage to overcome Fleetwood in their second-round replay. Four non-league sides were involved in the draw, which was conducted by Glenn Hoddle and Jermain Jenas ahead of the second-round match between Slough Town and Rochdale, but none are currently guaranteed a place in the third round. National League club AFC Fylde will have the opportunity to face Premier League opposition in Bournemouth if they beat Wigan Athletic in their replay. Woking, who also play in the fifth tier of the pyramid, have the chance to play at Villa Park against Aston Villa if they beat Peterborough in their replay. The ties will take place on Jan 5-7, with timings dependent on which matches are selected for live screening by BBC and BT Sport. There was criticism last year that broadcasters often opted to show big Premier League clubs rather than the more romantic ties, such as the third-round fixture between non-league Sutton United and AFC Wimbledon. Sutton did eventually make it to a televised tie against Arsenal in the fifth round. Arsenal subsequently beat Manchester City and Chelsea in the semi-final and final to win what was a record 13th FA Cup. The draw in full: Ipswich v Sheffield United Watford v Bristol City Birmingham v Burton Liverpool v Everton Brighton v Crystal Palace Aston Villa v Woking or Peterborough Bournemouth v AFC Fylde or Wigan Coventry v Stoke Arsene Wenger's Arsenal travel to Nottingham Forest Newport v Leeds Bolton v Huddersfield Port Vale or Yeovil v Bradford Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Brentford v Notts County QPR v MK Dons Manchester United v Derby Forest Green or Exeter v West Brom Doncaster v Slough Town or Rochdale Tottenham v AFC Wimbledon Middlesbrough v Sunderland Fleetwood or Hereford v Leicester Blackburn or Crewe v Hull Cardiff v Mansfield Manchester City v Burnley Shrewsbury v West Ham Wolves v Swansea Stevenage v Reading Newcastle v Luton Millwall v Barnsley Fulham v Southampton Wycombe v Preston Norwich v Chelsea Gillingham or Carlisle v Sheffield Wednesday Ties to be played January 5-7 7:27PM One for the ages? Another exciting looking tie is 2016 Premier League champions away at Hereford United (if Hereford can win their replay against Fleetwood Town. 7:23PM That concludes the draw No doubts about the tie of the round there...Liverpool will host Everton! There's also Brighton vs Crystal Palace and Bournemouth at home against non-league Fylde or Wigan. 7:22PM Last up Gillingham or Carlisle vs Sheffield Wednesday 7:21PM Tough draw Norwich Norwich City vs Chelsea 7:21PM Next Wycombe Wanderers vs Preston North End 7:21PM Next up Fulham vs Southampton 7:21PM All-Championship tie Millwall vs Barnsley 7:20PM Home banker? Newcastle vs Luton Town 7:20PM Next up Stevenage vs Reading 7:20PM The home side could be the favourites here Wolves vs Swansea 7:20PM Another giant-killing for Shrewsbury? Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham 7:20PM All Premier League tie Manchester City vs Burnley 7:19PM Next up Cardiff City vs Mansfield Town 7:19PM Upset alert Blackburn or Crewe vs Hull City 7:19PM Great draw Fleetwood Town or Hereford vs Leicester City 7:19PM Tees-Wear derby Middlesbrough vs Sunderland 7:18PM London derby Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon 7:18PM The Slough fans seem a bit upset... Doncaster Rovers vs Slough Town or Rochdale 7:18PM Banana skin? Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City vs West Brom 7:17PM United are up against... Manchester United vs Derby County 7:17PM Next up QPR vs MK Dons 7:17PM Next up Brentford vs Notts County 7:16PM The holders will play... Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal 7:16PM Next Port Vale or Yeovil Town v Bradford City 7:16PM Local derby Bolton Wanderers vs Huddersfield Town 7:16PM Next up Newport County vs Leeds United 7:16PM A tale of two cities Coventry City vs Stoke City 7:15PM Potentially a huge trip for non-league Fylde Bournemouth vs AFC Fylde or Wigan 7:15PM Less exciting Aston Villa vs Woking or Peterborough United 7:15PM And another big rivalry! Brighton vs Crystal Palace 7:14PM Would you believe it?! Liverpool vs Everton 7:14PM Next Birmingham City vs Burton Albion 7:14PM Next Watford vs Bristol City 7:14PM First up Ipswich Town vs Sheffield United 7:12PM Here we go Jake Humphrey is the host, and the venue is Slough Town's home ground Holloways Park ahead of Slough's FA Cup second round match tonight against Rochdale. Glenn Hoddle and Jermaine Jenas will make the draw. 7:01PM Nearly there The draw will be getting under way in around about 10 minutes. Hereford v Newcastle? Wrexham v Arsenal? Sutton v Coventry? Yep, the BBC's montage has them all. 6:28PM An English institution Evening all, Welcome to our coverage of one of the great days in the English sporting calendar. Yes we are just minutes away from seeing which lower-league teams will get a chance to lose 3-0 against the second string of one of the Premier League's leading lights. For these part-time plumbers and postmen, the opportunity to test themselves against Mohamed Elneny and Matteo Darmian is just a draw of a ball away. There is also the opportunity to be patronised the hell out of by BBC commentators and possibly go down in football folklore for ever more. Think Ronny Radford scoring for Hereford against Newcastle, Mickey Thomas for Wrexham against Arsenal, er Nigel Jemson for Shrewsbury against Everton. The third round stage is of course when all the Premier League and Championship teams join the competition, and alongside them will be four non-league teams in the pot - AFC Fylde, Hereford, Slough and Woking. Arsenal are the current FA Cup holders Credit: AP Woking you may recall have some pedigree in this competition. In January 1991 the Surrey-based side pulled off one of the great FA Cup shocks when as a Conference team they knocked out second-tier outfit West Brom 4-2 at the Hawthorns. They were then beaten 1-0 by top-flight side Everton in the fourth round. More recently, Woking reached the third round in 1997 and took Premier League side Coventry to a replay which they narrowly lost 2-1. But enough about Woking. Tonight's draw gets under way at around 7pm, and precedes the second round match between seventh-tier Slough Town and League One side Rochdale. Here are the ball numbers in full: Bournemouth Arsenal Aston Villa Barnsley Birmingham City Bolton Brentford Brighton Bristol City Burnley Burton Albion Cardiff City Chelsea Crystal Palace Derby County Everton Fulham Huddersfield Hull City Ipswich Town Leeds United Leicester Liverpool Manchester City Manchester United Middlesbrough Millwall Newcastle Norwich City Nottingham Forest Preston North End QPR Reading Sheffield United Sheffield Wednesday Southampton Stoke Sunderland Swansea Tottenham Watford West Brom West Ham Wolves Woking or Peterborough MK Dons Newport County Wycombe Wanderers Port Vale/Yeovil Shrewsbury Town Doncaster Rovers Slough Town or Rochdale AFC Wimbledon Stevenage Mansfield Town Luton Town Bradford City Blackburn/Crewe AFC Fylde or Wigan Gillingham or Carlisle Notts County Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City Fleetwood Town or Hereford Coventry City
The draw for the third round of the FA Cup has produced a series of major derbies, including a first match at this stage of the competition since 1932 between Liverpool and Everton. Jurgen Klopp and Sam Allardyce’s teams were paired together during Monday night’s draw, as were Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion. North-East neighbours Sunderland and Middlesbrough, who have both been relegated in recent years to the Championship, were also drawn together. Arsenal, who are attempting to win the trophy for a fourth time in five years, will begin their defence at Nottingham Forest. Other especially eye-catching fixtures include AFC Wimbledon’s return to Wembley in the FA Cup some 30 years on from their memorable triumph in 1988 to face Tottenham Hotspur. Luton Town, now of League Two and the FA Cup finalists in 1959, also have glamorous away Premier League opponents in Newcastle United. Premier League leaders Manchester City have a tricky home tie against Sean Dyche’s Burnley, while Manchester United host Derby County and Chelsea are away at Norwich City. Who will be lifting the FA Cup come what May? Credit: Getty Images Hereford, who are in the seventh tier of the football pyramid, will face 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City if they manage to overcome Fleetwood in their second-round replay. Four non-league sides were involved in the draw, which was conducted by Glenn Hoddle and Jermain Jenas ahead of the second-round match between Slough Town and Rochdale, but none are currently guaranteed a place in the third round. National League club AFC Fylde will have the opportunity to face Premier League opposition in Bournemouth if they beat Wigan Athletic in their replay. Woking, who also play in the fifth tier of the pyramid, have the chance to play at Villa Park against Aston Villa if they beat Peterborough in their replay. The ties will take place on Jan 5-7, with timings dependent on which matches are selected for live screening by BBC and BT Sport. There was criticism last year that broadcasters often opted to show big Premier League clubs rather than the more romantic ties, such as the third-round fixture between non-league Sutton United and AFC Wimbledon. Sutton did eventually make it to a televised tie against Arsenal in the fifth round. Arsenal subsequently beat Manchester City and Chelsea in the semi-final and final to win what was a record 13th FA Cup. The draw in full: Ipswich v Sheffield United Watford v Bristol City Birmingham v Burton Liverpool v Everton Brighton v Crystal Palace Aston Villa v Woking or Peterborough Bournemouth v AFC Fylde or Wigan Coventry v Stoke Arsene Wenger&#39;s Arsenal travel to Nottingham Forest Newport v Leeds Bolton v Huddersfield Port Vale or Yeovil v Bradford Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Brentford v Notts County QPR v MK Dons Manchester United v Derby Forest Green or Exeter v West Brom Doncaster v Slough Town or Rochdale Tottenham v AFC Wimbledon Middlesbrough v Sunderland Fleetwood or Hereford v Leicester Blackburn or Crewe v Hull Cardiff v Mansfield Manchester City v Burnley Shrewsbury v West Ham Wolves v Swansea Stevenage v Reading Newcastle v Luton Millwall v Barnsley Fulham v Southampton Wycombe v Preston Norwich v Chelsea Gillingham or Carlisle v Sheffield Wednesday Ties to be played January 5-7 7:27PM One for the ages? Another exciting looking tie is 2016 Premier League champions away at Hereford United (if Hereford can win their replay against Fleetwood Town. 7:23PM That concludes the draw No doubts about the tie of the round there...Liverpool will host Everton! There&#39;s also Brighton vs Crystal Palace and Bournemouth at home against non-league Fylde or Wigan. 7:22PM Last up Gillingham or Carlisle vs Sheffield Wednesday 7:21PM Tough draw Norwich Norwich City vs Chelsea 7:21PM Next Wycombe Wanderers vs Preston North End 7:21PM Next up Fulham vs Southampton 7:21PM All-Championship tie Millwall vs Barnsley 7:20PM Home banker? Newcastle vs Luton Town 7:20PM Next up Stevenage vs Reading 7:20PM The home side could be the favourites here Wolves vs Swansea 7:20PM Another giant-killing for Shrewsbury? Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham 7:20PM All Premier League tie Manchester City vs Burnley 7:19PM Next up Cardiff City vs Mansfield Town 7:19PM Upset alert Blackburn or Crewe vs Hull City 7:19PM Great draw Fleetwood Town or Hereford vs Leicester City 7:19PM Tees-Wear derby Middlesbrough vs Sunderland 7:18PM London derby Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon 7:18PM The Slough fans seem a bit upset... Doncaster Rovers vs Slough Town or Rochdale 7:18PM Banana skin? Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City vs West Brom 7:17PM United are up against... Manchester United vs Derby County 7:17PM Next up QPR vs MK Dons 7:17PM Next up Brentford vs Notts County 7:16PM The holders will play... Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal 7:16PM Next Port Vale or Yeovil Town v Bradford City 7:16PM Local derby Bolton Wanderers vs Huddersfield Town 7:16PM Next up Newport County vs Leeds United 7:16PM A tale of two cities Coventry City vs Stoke City 7:15PM Potentially a huge trip for non-league Fylde Bournemouth vs AFC Fylde or Wigan 7:15PM Less exciting Aston Villa vs Woking or Peterborough United 7:15PM And another big rivalry! Brighton vs Crystal Palace 7:14PM Would you believe it?! Liverpool vs Everton 7:14PM Next Birmingham City vs Burton Albion 7:14PM Next Watford vs Bristol City 7:14PM First up Ipswich Town vs Sheffield United 7:12PM Here we go Jake Humphrey is the host, and the venue is Slough Town&#39;s home ground Holloways Park ahead of Slough&#39;s FA Cup second round match tonight against Rochdale. Glenn Hoddle and Jermaine Jenas will make the draw. 7:01PM Nearly there The draw will be getting under way in around about 10 minutes. Hereford v Newcastle? Wrexham v Arsenal? Sutton v Coventry? Yep, the BBC&#39;s montage has them all. 6:28PM An English institution Evening all, Welcome to our coverage of one of the great days in the English sporting calendar. Yes we are just minutes away from seeing which lower-league teams will get a chance to lose 3-0 against the second string of one of the Premier League&#39;s leading lights. For these part-time plumbers and postmen, the opportunity to test themselves against Mohamed Elneny and Matteo Darmian is just a draw of a ball away. There is also the opportunity to be patronised the hell out of by BBC commentators and possibly go down in football folklore for ever more. Think Ronny Radford scoring for Hereford against Newcastle, Mickey Thomas for Wrexham against Arsenal, er Nigel Jemson for Shrewsbury against Everton. The third round stage is of course when all the Premier League and Championship teams join the competition, and alongside them will be four non-league teams in the pot - AFC Fylde, Hereford, Slough and Woking. Arsenal are the current FA Cup holders Credit: AP Woking you may recall have some pedigree in this competition. In January 1991 the Surrey-based side pulled off one of the great FA Cup shocks when as a Conference team they knocked out second-tier outfit West Brom 4-2 at the Hawthorns. They were then beaten 1-0 by top-flight side Everton in the fourth round. More recently, Woking reached the third round in 1997 and took Premier League side Coventry to a replay which they narrowly lost 2-1. But enough about Woking. Tonight&#39;s draw gets under way at around 7pm, and precedes the second round match between seventh-tier Slough Town and League One side Rochdale. Here are the ball numbers in full: Bournemouth Arsenal Aston Villa Barnsley Birmingham City Bolton Brentford Brighton Bristol City Burnley Burton Albion Cardiff City Chelsea Crystal Palace Derby County Everton Fulham Huddersfield Hull City Ipswich Town Leeds United Leicester Liverpool Manchester City Manchester United Middlesbrough Millwall Newcastle Norwich City Nottingham Forest Preston North End QPR Reading Sheffield United Sheffield Wednesday Southampton Stoke Sunderland Swansea Tottenham Watford West Brom West Ham Wolves Woking or Peterborough MK Dons Newport County Wycombe Wanderers Port Vale/Yeovil Shrewsbury Town Doncaster Rovers Slough Town or Rochdale AFC Wimbledon Stevenage Mansfield Town Luton Town Bradford City Blackburn/Crewe AFC Fylde or Wigan Gillingham or Carlisle Notts County Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City Fleetwood Town or Hereford Coventry City
FA Cup third-round draw in full: Liverpool v Everton and Brighton v Crystal Palace the stand-out ties
The draw for the third round of the FA Cup has produced a series of major derbies, including a first match at this stage of the competition since 1932 between Liverpool and Everton. Jurgen Klopp and Sam Allardyce’s teams were paired together during Monday night’s draw, as were Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion. North-East neighbours Sunderland and Middlesbrough, who have both been relegated in recent years to the Championship, were also drawn together. Arsenal, who are attempting to win the trophy for a fourth time in five years, will begin their defence at Nottingham Forest. Other especially eye-catching fixtures include AFC Wimbledon’s return to Wembley in the FA Cup some 30 years on from their memorable triumph in 1988 to face Tottenham Hotspur. Luton Town, now of League Two and the FA Cup finalists in 1959, also have glamorous away Premier League opponents in Newcastle United. Premier League leaders Manchester City have a tricky home tie against Sean Dyche’s Burnley, while Manchester United host Derby County and Chelsea are away at Norwich City. Who will be lifting the FA Cup come what May? Credit: Getty Images Hereford, who are in the seventh tier of the football pyramid, will face 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City if they manage to overcome Fleetwood in their second-round replay. Four non-league sides were involved in the draw, which was conducted by Glenn Hoddle and Jermain Jenas ahead of the second-round match between Slough Town and Rochdale, but none are currently guaranteed a place in the third round. National League club AFC Fylde will have the opportunity to face Premier League opposition in Bournemouth if they beat Wigan Athletic in their replay. Woking, who also play in the fifth tier of the pyramid, have the chance to play at Villa Park against Aston Villa if they beat Peterborough in their replay. The ties will take place on Jan 5-7, with timings dependent on which matches are selected for live screening by BBC and BT Sport. There was criticism last year that broadcasters often opted to show big Premier League clubs rather than the more romantic ties, such as the third-round fixture between non-league Sutton United and AFC Wimbledon. Sutton did eventually make it to a televised tie against Arsenal in the fifth round. Arsenal subsequently beat Manchester City and Chelsea in the semi-final and final to win what was a record 13th FA Cup. The draw in full: Ipswich v Sheffield United Watford v Bristol City Birmingham v Burton Liverpool v Everton Brighton v Crystal Palace Aston Villa v Woking or Peterborough Bournemouth v AFC Fylde or Wigan Coventry v Stoke Arsene Wenger's Arsenal travel to Nottingham Forest Newport v Leeds Bolton v Huddersfield Port Vale or Yeovil v Bradford Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Brentford v Notts County QPR v MK Dons Manchester United v Derby Forest Green or Exeter v West Brom Doncaster v Slough Town or Rochdale Tottenham v AFC Wimbledon Middlesbrough v Sunderland Fleetwood or Hereford v Leicester Blackburn or Crewe v Hull Cardiff v Mansfield Manchester City v Burnley Shrewsbury v West Ham Wolves v Swansea Stevenage v Reading Newcastle v Luton Millwall v Barnsley Fulham v Southampton Wycombe v Preston Norwich v Chelsea Gillingham or Carlisle v Sheffield Wednesday Ties to be played January 5-7 7:27PM One for the ages? Another exciting looking tie is 2016 Premier League champions away at Hereford United (if Hereford can win their replay against Fleetwood Town. 7:23PM That concludes the draw No doubts about the tie of the round there...Liverpool will host Everton! There's also Brighton vs Crystal Palace and Bournemouth at home against non-league Fylde or Wigan. 7:22PM Last up Gillingham or Carlisle vs Sheffield Wednesday 7:21PM Tough draw Norwich Norwich City vs Chelsea 7:21PM Next Wycombe Wanderers vs Preston North End 7:21PM Next up Fulham vs Southampton 7:21PM All-Championship tie Millwall vs Barnsley 7:20PM Home banker? Newcastle vs Luton Town 7:20PM Next up Stevenage vs Reading 7:20PM The home side could be the favourites here Wolves vs Swansea 7:20PM Another giant-killing for Shrewsbury? Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham 7:20PM All Premier League tie Manchester City vs Burnley 7:19PM Next up Cardiff City vs Mansfield Town 7:19PM Upset alert Blackburn or Crewe vs Hull City 7:19PM Great draw Fleetwood Town or Hereford vs Leicester City 7:19PM Tees-Wear derby Middlesbrough vs Sunderland 7:18PM London derby Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon 7:18PM The Slough fans seem a bit upset... Doncaster Rovers vs Slough Town or Rochdale 7:18PM Banana skin? Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City vs West Brom 7:17PM United are up against... Manchester United vs Derby County 7:17PM Next up QPR vs MK Dons 7:17PM Next up Brentford vs Notts County 7:16PM The holders will play... Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal 7:16PM Next Port Vale or Yeovil Town v Bradford City 7:16PM Local derby Bolton Wanderers vs Huddersfield Town 7:16PM Next up Newport County vs Leeds United 7:16PM A tale of two cities Coventry City vs Stoke City 7:15PM Potentially a huge trip for non-league Fylde Bournemouth vs AFC Fylde or Wigan 7:15PM Less exciting Aston Villa vs Woking or Peterborough United 7:15PM And another big rivalry! Brighton vs Crystal Palace 7:14PM Would you believe it?! Liverpool vs Everton 7:14PM Next Birmingham City vs Burton Albion 7:14PM Next Watford vs Bristol City 7:14PM First up Ipswich Town vs Sheffield United 7:12PM Here we go Jake Humphrey is the host, and the venue is Slough Town's home ground Holloways Park ahead of Slough's FA Cup second round match tonight against Rochdale. Glenn Hoddle and Jermaine Jenas will make the draw. 7:01PM Nearly there The draw will be getting under way in around about 10 minutes. Hereford v Newcastle? Wrexham v Arsenal? Sutton v Coventry? Yep, the BBC's montage has them all. 6:28PM An English institution Evening all, Welcome to our coverage of one of the great days in the English sporting calendar. Yes we are just minutes away from seeing which lower-league teams will get a chance to lose 3-0 against the second string of one of the Premier League's leading lights. For these part-time plumbers and postmen, the opportunity to test themselves against Mohamed Elneny and Matteo Darmian is just a draw of a ball away. There is also the opportunity to be patronised the hell out of by BBC commentators and possibly go down in football folklore for ever more. Think Ronny Radford scoring for Hereford against Newcastle, Mickey Thomas for Wrexham against Arsenal, er Nigel Jemson for Shrewsbury against Everton. The third round stage is of course when all the Premier League and Championship teams join the competition, and alongside them will be four non-league teams in the pot - AFC Fylde, Hereford, Slough and Woking. Arsenal are the current FA Cup holders Credit: AP Woking you may recall have some pedigree in this competition. In January 1991 the Surrey-based side pulled off one of the great FA Cup shocks when as a Conference team they knocked out second-tier outfit West Brom 4-2 at the Hawthorns. They were then beaten 1-0 by top-flight side Everton in the fourth round. More recently, Woking reached the third round in 1997 and took Premier League side Coventry to a replay which they narrowly lost 2-1. But enough about Woking. Tonight's draw gets under way at around 7pm, and precedes the second round match between seventh-tier Slough Town and League One side Rochdale. Here are the ball numbers in full: Bournemouth Arsenal Aston Villa Barnsley Birmingham City Bolton Brentford Brighton Bristol City Burnley Burton Albion Cardiff City Chelsea Crystal Palace Derby County Everton Fulham Huddersfield Hull City Ipswich Town Leeds United Leicester Liverpool Manchester City Manchester United Middlesbrough Millwall Newcastle Norwich City Nottingham Forest Preston North End QPR Reading Sheffield United Sheffield Wednesday Southampton Stoke Sunderland Swansea Tottenham Watford West Brom West Ham Wolves Woking or Peterborough MK Dons Newport County Wycombe Wanderers Port Vale/Yeovil Shrewsbury Town Doncaster Rovers Slough Town or Rochdale AFC Wimbledon Stevenage Mansfield Town Luton Town Bradford City Blackburn/Crewe AFC Fylde or Wigan Gillingham or Carlisle Notts County Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City Fleetwood Town or Hereford Coventry City
The draw for the third round of the FA Cup has produced a series of major derbies, including a first match at this stage of the competition since 1932 between Liverpool and Everton. Jurgen Klopp and Sam Allardyce’s teams were paired together during Monday night’s draw, as were Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion. North-East neighbours Sunderland and Middlesbrough, who have both been relegated in recent years to the Championship, were also drawn together. Arsenal, who are attempting to win the trophy for a fourth time in five years, will begin their defence at Nottingham Forest. Other especially eye-catching fixtures include AFC Wimbledon’s return to Wembley in the FA Cup some 30 years on from their memorable triumph in 1988 to face Tottenham Hotspur. Luton Town, now of League Two and the FA Cup finalists in 1959, also have glamorous away Premier League opponents in Newcastle United. Premier League leaders Manchester City have a tricky home tie against Sean Dyche’s Burnley, while Manchester United host Derby County and Chelsea are away at Norwich City. Who will be lifting the FA Cup come what May? Credit: Getty Images Hereford, who are in the seventh tier of the football pyramid, will face 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City if they manage to overcome Fleetwood in their second-round replay. Four non-league sides were involved in the draw, which was conducted by Glenn Hoddle and Jermain Jenas ahead of the second-round match between Slough Town and Rochdale, but none are currently guaranteed a place in the third round. National League club AFC Fylde will have the opportunity to face Premier League opposition in Bournemouth if they beat Wigan Athletic in their replay. Woking, who also play in the fifth tier of the pyramid, have the chance to play at Villa Park against Aston Villa if they beat Peterborough in their replay. The ties will take place on Jan 5-7, with timings dependent on which matches are selected for live screening by BBC and BT Sport. There was criticism last year that broadcasters often opted to show big Premier League clubs rather than the more romantic ties, such as the third-round fixture between non-league Sutton United and AFC Wimbledon. Sutton did eventually make it to a televised tie against Arsenal in the fifth round. Arsenal subsequently beat Manchester City and Chelsea in the semi-final and final to win what was a record 13th FA Cup. The draw in full: Ipswich v Sheffield United Watford v Bristol City Birmingham v Burton Liverpool v Everton Brighton v Crystal Palace Aston Villa v Woking or Peterborough Bournemouth v AFC Fylde or Wigan Coventry v Stoke Arsene Wenger&#39;s Arsenal travel to Nottingham Forest Newport v Leeds Bolton v Huddersfield Port Vale or Yeovil v Bradford Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Brentford v Notts County QPR v MK Dons Manchester United v Derby Forest Green or Exeter v West Brom Doncaster v Slough Town or Rochdale Tottenham v AFC Wimbledon Middlesbrough v Sunderland Fleetwood or Hereford v Leicester Blackburn or Crewe v Hull Cardiff v Mansfield Manchester City v Burnley Shrewsbury v West Ham Wolves v Swansea Stevenage v Reading Newcastle v Luton Millwall v Barnsley Fulham v Southampton Wycombe v Preston Norwich v Chelsea Gillingham or Carlisle v Sheffield Wednesday Ties to be played January 5-7 7:27PM One for the ages? Another exciting looking tie is 2016 Premier League champions away at Hereford United (if Hereford can win their replay against Fleetwood Town. 7:23PM That concludes the draw No doubts about the tie of the round there...Liverpool will host Everton! There&#39;s also Brighton vs Crystal Palace and Bournemouth at home against non-league Fylde or Wigan. 7:22PM Last up Gillingham or Carlisle vs Sheffield Wednesday 7:21PM Tough draw Norwich Norwich City vs Chelsea 7:21PM Next Wycombe Wanderers vs Preston North End 7:21PM Next up Fulham vs Southampton 7:21PM All-Championship tie Millwall vs Barnsley 7:20PM Home banker? Newcastle vs Luton Town 7:20PM Next up Stevenage vs Reading 7:20PM The home side could be the favourites here Wolves vs Swansea 7:20PM Another giant-killing for Shrewsbury? Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham 7:20PM All Premier League tie Manchester City vs Burnley 7:19PM Next up Cardiff City vs Mansfield Town 7:19PM Upset alert Blackburn or Crewe vs Hull City 7:19PM Great draw Fleetwood Town or Hereford vs Leicester City 7:19PM Tees-Wear derby Middlesbrough vs Sunderland 7:18PM London derby Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon 7:18PM The Slough fans seem a bit upset... Doncaster Rovers vs Slough Town or Rochdale 7:18PM Banana skin? Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City vs West Brom 7:17PM United are up against... Manchester United vs Derby County 7:17PM Next up QPR vs MK Dons 7:17PM Next up Brentford vs Notts County 7:16PM The holders will play... Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal 7:16PM Next Port Vale or Yeovil Town v Bradford City 7:16PM Local derby Bolton Wanderers vs Huddersfield Town 7:16PM Next up Newport County vs Leeds United 7:16PM A tale of two cities Coventry City vs Stoke City 7:15PM Potentially a huge trip for non-league Fylde Bournemouth vs AFC Fylde or Wigan 7:15PM Less exciting Aston Villa vs Woking or Peterborough United 7:15PM And another big rivalry! Brighton vs Crystal Palace 7:14PM Would you believe it?! Liverpool vs Everton 7:14PM Next Birmingham City vs Burton Albion 7:14PM Next Watford vs Bristol City 7:14PM First up Ipswich Town vs Sheffield United 7:12PM Here we go Jake Humphrey is the host, and the venue is Slough Town&#39;s home ground Holloways Park ahead of Slough&#39;s FA Cup second round match tonight against Rochdale. Glenn Hoddle and Jermaine Jenas will make the draw. 7:01PM Nearly there The draw will be getting under way in around about 10 minutes. Hereford v Newcastle? Wrexham v Arsenal? Sutton v Coventry? Yep, the BBC&#39;s montage has them all. 6:28PM An English institution Evening all, Welcome to our coverage of one of the great days in the English sporting calendar. Yes we are just minutes away from seeing which lower-league teams will get a chance to lose 3-0 against the second string of one of the Premier League&#39;s leading lights. For these part-time plumbers and postmen, the opportunity to test themselves against Mohamed Elneny and Matteo Darmian is just a draw of a ball away. There is also the opportunity to be patronised the hell out of by BBC commentators and possibly go down in football folklore for ever more. Think Ronny Radford scoring for Hereford against Newcastle, Mickey Thomas for Wrexham against Arsenal, er Nigel Jemson for Shrewsbury against Everton. The third round stage is of course when all the Premier League and Championship teams join the competition, and alongside them will be four non-league teams in the pot - AFC Fylde, Hereford, Slough and Woking. Arsenal are the current FA Cup holders Credit: AP Woking you may recall have some pedigree in this competition. In January 1991 the Surrey-based side pulled off one of the great FA Cup shocks when as a Conference team they knocked out second-tier outfit West Brom 4-2 at the Hawthorns. They were then beaten 1-0 by top-flight side Everton in the fourth round. More recently, Woking reached the third round in 1997 and took Premier League side Coventry to a replay which they narrowly lost 2-1. But enough about Woking. Tonight&#39;s draw gets under way at around 7pm, and precedes the second round match between seventh-tier Slough Town and League One side Rochdale. Here are the ball numbers in full: Bournemouth Arsenal Aston Villa Barnsley Birmingham City Bolton Brentford Brighton Bristol City Burnley Burton Albion Cardiff City Chelsea Crystal Palace Derby County Everton Fulham Huddersfield Hull City Ipswich Town Leeds United Leicester Liverpool Manchester City Manchester United Middlesbrough Millwall Newcastle Norwich City Nottingham Forest Preston North End QPR Reading Sheffield United Sheffield Wednesday Southampton Stoke Sunderland Swansea Tottenham Watford West Brom West Ham Wolves Woking or Peterborough MK Dons Newport County Wycombe Wanderers Port Vale/Yeovil Shrewsbury Town Doncaster Rovers Slough Town or Rochdale AFC Wimbledon Stevenage Mansfield Town Luton Town Bradford City Blackburn/Crewe AFC Fylde or Wigan Gillingham or Carlisle Notts County Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City Fleetwood Town or Hereford Coventry City
FA Cup third-round draw in full: Liverpool v Everton and Brighton v Crystal Palace the stand-out ties
The draw for the third round of the FA Cup has produced a series of major derbies, including a first match at this stage of the competition since 1932 between Liverpool and Everton. Jurgen Klopp and Sam Allardyce’s teams were paired together during Monday night’s draw, as were Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion. North-East neighbours Sunderland and Middlesbrough, who have both been relegated in recent years to the Championship, were also drawn together. Arsenal, who are attempting to win the trophy for a fourth time in five years, will begin their defence at Nottingham Forest. Other especially eye-catching fixtures include AFC Wimbledon’s return to Wembley in the FA Cup some 30 years on from their memorable triumph in 1988 to face Tottenham Hotspur. Luton Town, now of League Two and the FA Cup finalists in 1959, also have glamorous away Premier League opponents in Newcastle United. Premier League leaders Manchester City have a tricky home tie against Sean Dyche’s Burnley, while Manchester United host Derby County and Chelsea are away at Norwich City. Who will be lifting the FA Cup come what May? Credit: Getty Images Hereford, who are in the seventh tier of the football pyramid, will face 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City if they manage to overcome Fleetwood in their second-round replay. Four non-league sides were involved in the draw, which was conducted by Glenn Hoddle and Jermain Jenas ahead of the second-round match between Slough Town and Rochdale, but none are currently guaranteed a place in the third round. National League club AFC Fylde will have the opportunity to face Premier League opposition in Bournemouth if they beat Wigan Athletic in their replay. Woking, who also play in the fifth tier of the pyramid, have the chance to play at Villa Park against Aston Villa if they beat Peterborough in their replay. The ties will take place on Jan 5-7, with timings dependent on which matches are selected for live screening by BBC and BT Sport. There was criticism last year that broadcasters often opted to show big Premier League clubs rather than the more romantic ties, such as the third-round fixture between non-league Sutton United and AFC Wimbledon. Sutton did eventually make it to a televised tie against Arsenal in the fifth round. Arsenal subsequently beat Manchester City and Chelsea in the semi-final and final to win what was a record 13th FA Cup. The draw in full: Ipswich v Sheffield United Watford v Bristol City Birmingham v Burton Liverpool v Everton Brighton v Crystal Palace Aston Villa v Woking or Peterborough Bournemouth v AFC Fylde or Wigan Coventry v Stoke Arsene Wenger's Arsenal travel to Nottingham Forest Newport v Leeds Bolton v Huddersfield Port Vale or Yeovil v Bradford Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Brentford v Notts County QPR v MK Dons Manchester United v Derby Forest Green or Exeter v West Brom Doncaster v Slough Town or Rochdale Tottenham v AFC Wimbledon Middlesbrough v Sunderland Fleetwood or Hereford v Leicester Blackburn or Crewe v Hull Cardiff v Mansfield Manchester City v Burnley Shrewsbury v West Ham Wolves v Swansea Stevenage v Reading Newcastle v Luton Millwall v Barnsley Fulham v Southampton Wycombe v Preston Norwich v Chelsea Gillingham or Carlisle v Sheffield Wednesday Ties to be played January 5-7 7:27PM One for the ages? Another exciting looking tie is 2016 Premier League champions away at Hereford United (if Hereford can win their replay against Fleetwood Town. 7:23PM That concludes the draw No doubts about the tie of the round there...Liverpool will host Everton! There's also Brighton vs Crystal Palace and Bournemouth at home against non-league Fylde or Wigan. 7:22PM Last up Gillingham or Carlisle vs Sheffield Wednesday 7:21PM Tough draw Norwich Norwich City vs Chelsea 7:21PM Next Wycombe Wanderers vs Preston North End 7:21PM Next up Fulham vs Southampton 7:21PM All-Championship tie Millwall vs Barnsley 7:20PM Home banker? Newcastle vs Luton Town 7:20PM Next up Stevenage vs Reading 7:20PM The home side could be the favourites here Wolves vs Swansea 7:20PM Another giant-killing for Shrewsbury? Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham 7:20PM All Premier League tie Manchester City vs Burnley 7:19PM Next up Cardiff City vs Mansfield Town 7:19PM Upset alert Blackburn or Crewe vs Hull City 7:19PM Great draw Fleetwood Town or Hereford vs Leicester City 7:19PM Tees-Wear derby Middlesbrough vs Sunderland 7:18PM London derby Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon 7:18PM The Slough fans seem a bit upset... Doncaster Rovers vs Slough Town or Rochdale 7:18PM Banana skin? Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City vs West Brom 7:17PM United are up against... Manchester United vs Derby County 7:17PM Next up QPR vs MK Dons 7:17PM Next up Brentford vs Notts County 7:16PM The holders will play... Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal 7:16PM Next Port Vale or Yeovil Town v Bradford City 7:16PM Local derby Bolton Wanderers vs Huddersfield Town 7:16PM Next up Newport County vs Leeds United 7:16PM A tale of two cities Coventry City vs Stoke City 7:15PM Potentially a huge trip for non-league Fylde Bournemouth vs AFC Fylde or Wigan 7:15PM Less exciting Aston Villa vs Woking or Peterborough United 7:15PM And another big rivalry! Brighton vs Crystal Palace 7:14PM Would you believe it?! Liverpool vs Everton 7:14PM Next Birmingham City vs Burton Albion 7:14PM Next Watford vs Bristol City 7:14PM First up Ipswich Town vs Sheffield United 7:12PM Here we go Jake Humphrey is the host, and the venue is Slough Town's home ground Holloways Park ahead of Slough's FA Cup second round match tonight against Rochdale. Glenn Hoddle and Jermaine Jenas will make the draw. 7:01PM Nearly there The draw will be getting under way in around about 10 minutes. Hereford v Newcastle? Wrexham v Arsenal? Sutton v Coventry? Yep, the BBC's montage has them all. 6:28PM An English institution Evening all, Welcome to our coverage of one of the great days in the English sporting calendar. Yes we are just minutes away from seeing which lower-league teams will get a chance to lose 3-0 against the second string of one of the Premier League's leading lights. For these part-time plumbers and postmen, the opportunity to test themselves against Mohamed Elneny and Matteo Darmian is just a draw of a ball away. There is also the opportunity to be patronised the hell out of by BBC commentators and possibly go down in football folklore for ever more. Think Ronny Radford scoring for Hereford against Newcastle, Mickey Thomas for Wrexham against Arsenal, er Nigel Jemson for Shrewsbury against Everton. The third round stage is of course when all the Premier League and Championship teams join the competition, and alongside them will be four non-league teams in the pot - AFC Fylde, Hereford, Slough and Woking. Arsenal are the current FA Cup holders Credit: AP Woking you may recall have some pedigree in this competition. In January 1991 the Surrey-based side pulled off one of the great FA Cup shocks when as a Conference team they knocked out second-tier outfit West Brom 4-2 at the Hawthorns. They were then beaten 1-0 by top-flight side Everton in the fourth round. More recently, Woking reached the third round in 1997 and took Premier League side Coventry to a replay which they narrowly lost 2-1. But enough about Woking. Tonight's draw gets under way at around 7pm, and precedes the second round match between seventh-tier Slough Town and League One side Rochdale. Here are the ball numbers in full: Bournemouth Arsenal Aston Villa Barnsley Birmingham City Bolton Brentford Brighton Bristol City Burnley Burton Albion Cardiff City Chelsea Crystal Palace Derby County Everton Fulham Huddersfield Hull City Ipswich Town Leeds United Leicester Liverpool Manchester City Manchester United Middlesbrough Millwall Newcastle Norwich City Nottingham Forest Preston North End QPR Reading Sheffield United Sheffield Wednesday Southampton Stoke Sunderland Swansea Tottenham Watford West Brom West Ham Wolves Woking or Peterborough MK Dons Newport County Wycombe Wanderers Port Vale/Yeovil Shrewsbury Town Doncaster Rovers Slough Town or Rochdale AFC Wimbledon Stevenage Mansfield Town Luton Town Bradford City Blackburn/Crewe AFC Fylde or Wigan Gillingham or Carlisle Notts County Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City Fleetwood Town or Hereford Coventry City
The draw for the third round of the FA Cup has produced a series of major derbies, including a first match at this stage of the competition since 1932 between Liverpool and Everton. Jurgen Klopp and Sam Allardyce’s teams were paired together during Monday night’s draw, as were Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion. North-East neighbours Sunderland and Middlesbrough, who have both been relegated in recent years to the Championship, were also drawn together. Arsenal, who are attempting to win the trophy for a fourth time in five years, will begin their defence at Nottingham Forest. Other especially eye-catching fixtures include AFC Wimbledon’s return to Wembley in the FA Cup some 30 years on from their memorable triumph in 1988 to face Tottenham Hotspur. Luton Town, now of League Two and the FA Cup finalists in 1959, also have glamorous away Premier League opponents in Newcastle United. Premier League leaders Manchester City have a tricky home tie against Sean Dyche’s Burnley, while Manchester United host Derby County and Chelsea are away at Norwich City. Who will be lifting the FA Cup come what May? Credit: Getty Images Hereford, who are in the seventh tier of the football pyramid, will face 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City if they manage to overcome Fleetwood in their second-round replay. Four non-league sides were involved in the draw, which was conducted by Glenn Hoddle and Jermain Jenas ahead of the second-round match between Slough Town and Rochdale, but none are currently guaranteed a place in the third round. National League club AFC Fylde will have the opportunity to face Premier League opposition in Bournemouth if they beat Wigan Athletic in their replay. Woking, who also play in the fifth tier of the pyramid, have the chance to play at Villa Park against Aston Villa if they beat Peterborough in their replay. The ties will take place on Jan 5-7, with timings dependent on which matches are selected for live screening by BBC and BT Sport. There was criticism last year that broadcasters often opted to show big Premier League clubs rather than the more romantic ties, such as the third-round fixture between non-league Sutton United and AFC Wimbledon. Sutton did eventually make it to a televised tie against Arsenal in the fifth round. Arsenal subsequently beat Manchester City and Chelsea in the semi-final and final to win what was a record 13th FA Cup. The draw in full: Ipswich v Sheffield United Watford v Bristol City Birmingham v Burton Liverpool v Everton Brighton v Crystal Palace Aston Villa v Woking or Peterborough Bournemouth v AFC Fylde or Wigan Coventry v Stoke Arsene Wenger&#39;s Arsenal travel to Nottingham Forest Newport v Leeds Bolton v Huddersfield Port Vale or Yeovil v Bradford Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Brentford v Notts County QPR v MK Dons Manchester United v Derby Forest Green or Exeter v West Brom Doncaster v Slough Town or Rochdale Tottenham v AFC Wimbledon Middlesbrough v Sunderland Fleetwood or Hereford v Leicester Blackburn or Crewe v Hull Cardiff v Mansfield Manchester City v Burnley Shrewsbury v West Ham Wolves v Swansea Stevenage v Reading Newcastle v Luton Millwall v Barnsley Fulham v Southampton Wycombe v Preston Norwich v Chelsea Gillingham or Carlisle v Sheffield Wednesday Ties to be played January 5-7 7:27PM One for the ages? Another exciting looking tie is 2016 Premier League champions away at Hereford United (if Hereford can win their replay against Fleetwood Town. 7:23PM That concludes the draw No doubts about the tie of the round there...Liverpool will host Everton! There&#39;s also Brighton vs Crystal Palace and Bournemouth at home against non-league Fylde or Wigan. 7:22PM Last up Gillingham or Carlisle vs Sheffield Wednesday 7:21PM Tough draw Norwich Norwich City vs Chelsea 7:21PM Next Wycombe Wanderers vs Preston North End 7:21PM Next up Fulham vs Southampton 7:21PM All-Championship tie Millwall vs Barnsley 7:20PM Home banker? Newcastle vs Luton Town 7:20PM Next up Stevenage vs Reading 7:20PM The home side could be the favourites here Wolves vs Swansea 7:20PM Another giant-killing for Shrewsbury? Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham 7:20PM All Premier League tie Manchester City vs Burnley 7:19PM Next up Cardiff City vs Mansfield Town 7:19PM Upset alert Blackburn or Crewe vs Hull City 7:19PM Great draw Fleetwood Town or Hereford vs Leicester City 7:19PM Tees-Wear derby Middlesbrough vs Sunderland 7:18PM London derby Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon 7:18PM The Slough fans seem a bit upset... Doncaster Rovers vs Slough Town or Rochdale 7:18PM Banana skin? Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City vs West Brom 7:17PM United are up against... Manchester United vs Derby County 7:17PM Next up QPR vs MK Dons 7:17PM Next up Brentford vs Notts County 7:16PM The holders will play... Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal 7:16PM Next Port Vale or Yeovil Town v Bradford City 7:16PM Local derby Bolton Wanderers vs Huddersfield Town 7:16PM Next up Newport County vs Leeds United 7:16PM A tale of two cities Coventry City vs Stoke City 7:15PM Potentially a huge trip for non-league Fylde Bournemouth vs AFC Fylde or Wigan 7:15PM Less exciting Aston Villa vs Woking or Peterborough United 7:15PM And another big rivalry! Brighton vs Crystal Palace 7:14PM Would you believe it?! Liverpool vs Everton 7:14PM Next Birmingham City vs Burton Albion 7:14PM Next Watford vs Bristol City 7:14PM First up Ipswich Town vs Sheffield United 7:12PM Here we go Jake Humphrey is the host, and the venue is Slough Town&#39;s home ground Holloways Park ahead of Slough&#39;s FA Cup second round match tonight against Rochdale. Glenn Hoddle and Jermaine Jenas will make the draw. 7:01PM Nearly there The draw will be getting under way in around about 10 minutes. Hereford v Newcastle? Wrexham v Arsenal? Sutton v Coventry? Yep, the BBC&#39;s montage has them all. 6:28PM An English institution Evening all, Welcome to our coverage of one of the great days in the English sporting calendar. Yes we are just minutes away from seeing which lower-league teams will get a chance to lose 3-0 against the second string of one of the Premier League&#39;s leading lights. For these part-time plumbers and postmen, the opportunity to test themselves against Mohamed Elneny and Matteo Darmian is just a draw of a ball away. There is also the opportunity to be patronised the hell out of by BBC commentators and possibly go down in football folklore for ever more. Think Ronny Radford scoring for Hereford against Newcastle, Mickey Thomas for Wrexham against Arsenal, er Nigel Jemson for Shrewsbury against Everton. The third round stage is of course when all the Premier League and Championship teams join the competition, and alongside them will be four non-league teams in the pot - AFC Fylde, Hereford, Slough and Woking. Arsenal are the current FA Cup holders Credit: AP Woking you may recall have some pedigree in this competition. In January 1991 the Surrey-based side pulled off one of the great FA Cup shocks when as a Conference team they knocked out second-tier outfit West Brom 4-2 at the Hawthorns. They were then beaten 1-0 by top-flight side Everton in the fourth round. More recently, Woking reached the third round in 1997 and took Premier League side Coventry to a replay which they narrowly lost 2-1. But enough about Woking. Tonight&#39;s draw gets under way at around 7pm, and precedes the second round match between seventh-tier Slough Town and League One side Rochdale. Here are the ball numbers in full: Bournemouth Arsenal Aston Villa Barnsley Birmingham City Bolton Brentford Brighton Bristol City Burnley Burton Albion Cardiff City Chelsea Crystal Palace Derby County Everton Fulham Huddersfield Hull City Ipswich Town Leeds United Leicester Liverpool Manchester City Manchester United Middlesbrough Millwall Newcastle Norwich City Nottingham Forest Preston North End QPR Reading Sheffield United Sheffield Wednesday Southampton Stoke Sunderland Swansea Tottenham Watford West Brom West Ham Wolves Woking or Peterborough MK Dons Newport County Wycombe Wanderers Port Vale/Yeovil Shrewsbury Town Doncaster Rovers Slough Town or Rochdale AFC Wimbledon Stevenage Mansfield Town Luton Town Bradford City Blackburn/Crewe AFC Fylde or Wigan Gillingham or Carlisle Notts County Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City Fleetwood Town or Hereford Coventry City
FA Cup third-round draw in full: Liverpool v Everton and Brighton v Crystal Palace the stand-out ties
The draw for the third round of the FA Cup has produced a series of major derbies, including a first match at this stage of the competition since 1932 between Liverpool and Everton. Jurgen Klopp and Sam Allardyce’s teams were paired together during Monday night’s draw, as were Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion. North-East neighbours Sunderland and Middlesbrough, who have both been relegated in recent years to the Championship, were also drawn together. Arsenal, who are attempting to win the trophy for a fourth time in five years, will begin their defence at Nottingham Forest. Other especially eye-catching fixtures include AFC Wimbledon’s return to Wembley in the FA Cup some 30 years on from their memorable triumph in 1988 to face Tottenham Hotspur. Luton Town, now of League Two and the FA Cup finalists in 1959, also have glamorous away Premier League opponents in Newcastle United. Premier League leaders Manchester City have a tricky home tie against Sean Dyche’s Burnley, while Manchester United host Derby County and Chelsea are away at Norwich City. Who will be lifting the FA Cup come what May? Credit: Getty Images Hereford, who are in the seventh tier of the football pyramid, will face 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City if they manage to overcome Fleetwood in their second-round replay. Four non-league sides were involved in the draw, which was conducted by Glenn Hoddle and Jermain Jenas ahead of the second-round match between Slough Town and Rochdale, but none are currently guaranteed a place in the third round. National League club AFC Fylde will have the opportunity to face Premier League opposition in Bournemouth if they beat Wigan Athletic in their replay. Woking, who also play in the fifth tier of the pyramid, have the chance to play at Villa Park against Aston Villa if they beat Peterborough in their replay. The ties will take place on Jan 5-7, with timings dependent on which matches are selected for live screening by BBC and BT Sport. There was criticism last year that broadcasters often opted to show big Premier League clubs rather than the more romantic ties, such as the third-round fixture between non-league Sutton United and AFC Wimbledon. Sutton did eventually make it to a televised tie against Arsenal in the fifth round. Arsenal subsequently beat Manchester City and Chelsea in the semi-final and final to win what was a record 13th FA Cup. The draw in full: Ipswich v Sheffield United Watford v Bristol City Birmingham v Burton Liverpool v Everton Brighton v Crystal Palace Aston Villa v Woking or Peterborough Bournemouth v AFC Fylde or Wigan Coventry v Stoke Arsene Wenger's Arsenal travel to Nottingham Forest Newport v Leeds Bolton v Huddersfield Port Vale or Yeovil v Bradford Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Brentford v Notts County QPR v MK Dons Manchester United v Derby Forest Green or Exeter v West Brom Doncaster v Slough Town or Rochdale Tottenham v AFC Wimbledon Middlesbrough v Sunderland Fleetwood or Hereford v Leicester Blackburn or Crewe v Hull Cardiff v Mansfield Manchester City v Burnley Shrewsbury v West Ham Wolves v Swansea Stevenage v Reading Newcastle v Luton Millwall v Barnsley Fulham v Southampton Wycombe v Preston Norwich v Chelsea Gillingham or Carlisle v Sheffield Wednesday Ties to be played January 5-7 7:27PM One for the ages? Another exciting looking tie is 2016 Premier League champions away at Hereford United (if Hereford can win their replay against Fleetwood Town. 7:23PM That concludes the draw No doubts about the tie of the round there...Liverpool will host Everton! There's also Brighton vs Crystal Palace and Bournemouth at home against non-league Fylde or Wigan. 7:22PM Last up Gillingham or Carlisle vs Sheffield Wednesday 7:21PM Tough draw Norwich Norwich City vs Chelsea 7:21PM Next Wycombe Wanderers vs Preston North End 7:21PM Next up Fulham vs Southampton 7:21PM All-Championship tie Millwall vs Barnsley 7:20PM Home banker? Newcastle vs Luton Town 7:20PM Next up Stevenage vs Reading 7:20PM The home side could be the favourites here Wolves vs Swansea 7:20PM Another giant-killing for Shrewsbury? Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham 7:20PM All Premier League tie Manchester City vs Burnley 7:19PM Next up Cardiff City vs Mansfield Town 7:19PM Upset alert Blackburn or Crewe vs Hull City 7:19PM Great draw Fleetwood Town or Hereford vs Leicester City 7:19PM Tees-Wear derby Middlesbrough vs Sunderland 7:18PM London derby Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon 7:18PM The Slough fans seem a bit upset... Doncaster Rovers vs Slough Town or Rochdale 7:18PM Banana skin? Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City vs West Brom 7:17PM United are up against... Manchester United vs Derby County 7:17PM Next up QPR vs MK Dons 7:17PM Next up Brentford vs Notts County 7:16PM The holders will play... Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal 7:16PM Next Port Vale or Yeovil Town v Bradford City 7:16PM Local derby Bolton Wanderers vs Huddersfield Town 7:16PM Next up Newport County vs Leeds United 7:16PM A tale of two cities Coventry City vs Stoke City 7:15PM Potentially a huge trip for non-league Fylde Bournemouth vs AFC Fylde or Wigan 7:15PM Less exciting Aston Villa vs Woking or Peterborough United 7:15PM And another big rivalry! Brighton vs Crystal Palace 7:14PM Would you believe it?! Liverpool vs Everton 7:14PM Next Birmingham City vs Burton Albion 7:14PM Next Watford vs Bristol City 7:14PM First up Ipswich Town vs Sheffield United 7:12PM Here we go Jake Humphrey is the host, and the venue is Slough Town's home ground Holloways Park ahead of Slough's FA Cup second round match tonight against Rochdale. Glenn Hoddle and Jermaine Jenas will make the draw. 7:01PM Nearly there The draw will be getting under way in around about 10 minutes. Hereford v Newcastle? Wrexham v Arsenal? Sutton v Coventry? Yep, the BBC's montage has them all. 6:28PM An English institution Evening all, Welcome to our coverage of one of the great days in the English sporting calendar. Yes we are just minutes away from seeing which lower-league teams will get a chance to lose 3-0 against the second string of one of the Premier League's leading lights. For these part-time plumbers and postmen, the opportunity to test themselves against Mohamed Elneny and Matteo Darmian is just a draw of a ball away. There is also the opportunity to be patronised the hell out of by BBC commentators and possibly go down in football folklore for ever more. Think Ronny Radford scoring for Hereford against Newcastle, Mickey Thomas for Wrexham against Arsenal, er Nigel Jemson for Shrewsbury against Everton. The third round stage is of course when all the Premier League and Championship teams join the competition, and alongside them will be four non-league teams in the pot - AFC Fylde, Hereford, Slough and Woking. Arsenal are the current FA Cup holders Credit: AP Woking you may recall have some pedigree in this competition. In January 1991 the Surrey-based side pulled off one of the great FA Cup shocks when as a Conference team they knocked out second-tier outfit West Brom 4-2 at the Hawthorns. They were then beaten 1-0 by top-flight side Everton in the fourth round. More recently, Woking reached the third round in 1997 and took Premier League side Coventry to a replay which they narrowly lost 2-1. But enough about Woking. Tonight's draw gets under way at around 7pm, and precedes the second round match between seventh-tier Slough Town and League One side Rochdale. Here are the ball numbers in full: Bournemouth Arsenal Aston Villa Barnsley Birmingham City Bolton Brentford Brighton Bristol City Burnley Burton Albion Cardiff City Chelsea Crystal Palace Derby County Everton Fulham Huddersfield Hull City Ipswich Town Leeds United Leicester Liverpool Manchester City Manchester United Middlesbrough Millwall Newcastle Norwich City Nottingham Forest Preston North End QPR Reading Sheffield United Sheffield Wednesday Southampton Stoke Sunderland Swansea Tottenham Watford West Brom West Ham Wolves Woking or Peterborough MK Dons Newport County Wycombe Wanderers Port Vale/Yeovil Shrewsbury Town Doncaster Rovers Slough Town or Rochdale AFC Wimbledon Stevenage Mansfield Town Luton Town Bradford City Blackburn/Crewe AFC Fylde or Wigan Gillingham or Carlisle Notts County Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City Fleetwood Town or Hereford Coventry City
7:27PM FA Cup third-round draw in full Ipswich v Sheffield United Watford v Bristol City Birmingham v Burton Liverpool v Everton Brighton v Crystal Palace Aston Villa v Woking or Peterborough Bournemouth v AFC Fylde or Wigan Coventry v Stoke Newport v Leeds Bolton v Huddersfield Port Vale or Yeovil v Bradford Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Arsene Wenger&#39;s Arsenal travel to Nottingham Forest Brentford v Notts County QPR v MK Dons Manchester United v Derby Forest Green or Exeter v West Brom Doncaster v Slough Town or Rochdale Tottenham v AFC Wimbledon Middlesbrough v Sunderland Fleetwood or Hereford v Leicester Blackburn or Crewe v Hull Cardiff v Mansfield Manchester City v Burnley Shrewsbury v West Ham Wolves v Swansea Stevenage v Reading Newcastle v Luton Millwall v Barnsley Fulham v Southampton Wycombe v Preston Norwich v Chelsea Gillingham or Carlisle v Sheffield Wednesday 7:27PM One for the ages? Another exciting looking tie is 2016 Premier League champions away at Hereford United (if Hereford can win their replay against Fleetwood Town. 7:23PM That concludes the draw No doubts about the tie of the round there...Liverpool will host Everton! There&#39;s also Brighton vs Crystal Palace and Bournemouth at home against non-league Fylde or Wigan. 7:22PM Last up Gillingham or Carlisle vs Sheffield Wednesday 7:21PM Tough draw Norwich Norwich City vs Chelsea 7:21PM Next Wycombe Wanderers vs Preston North End 7:21PM Next up Fulham vs Southampton 7:21PM All-Championship tie Millwall vs Barnsley 7:20PM Home banker? Newcastle vs Luton Town 7:20PM Next up Stevenage vs Reading 7:20PM The home side could be the favourites here Wolves vs Swansea 7:20PM Another giant-killing for Shrewsbury? Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham 7:20PM All Premier League tie Manchester City vs Burnley 7:19PM Next up Cardiff City vs Mansfield Town 7:19PM Upset alert Blackburn or Crewe vs Hull City 7:19PM Great draw Fleetwood Town or Hereford vs Leicester City 7:19PM Tees-Wear derby Middlesbrough vs Sunderland 7:18PM London derby Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon 7:18PM The Slough fans seem a bit upset... Doncaster Rovers vs Slough Town or Rochdale 7:18PM Banana skin? Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City vs West Brom 7:17PM United are up against... Manchester United vs Derby County 7:17PM Next up QPR vs MK Dons 7:17PM Next up Brentford vs Notts County 7:16PM The holders will play... Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal 7:16PM Next Port Vale or Yeovil Town v Bradford City 7:16PM Local derby Bolton Wanderers vs Huddersfield Town 7:16PM Next up Newport County vs Leeds United 7:16PM A tale of two cities Coventry City vs Stoke City 7:15PM Potentially a huge trip for non-league Fylde Bournemouth vs AFC Fylde or Wigan 7:15PM Less exciting Aston Villa vs Woking or Peterborough United 7:15PM And another big rivalry! Brighton vs Crystal Palace 7:14PM Would you believe it?! Liverpool vs Everton 7:14PM Next Birmingham City vs Burton Albion 7:14PM Next Watford vs Bristol City 7:14PM First up Ipswich Town vs Sheffield United 7:12PM Here we go Jake Humphrey is the host, and the venue is Slough Town&#39;s home ground Holloways Park ahead of Slough&#39;s FA Cup second round match tonight against Rochdale. Glenn Hoddle and Jermaine Jenas will make the draw. 7:01PM Nearly there The draw will be getting under way in around about 10 minutes. Hereford v Newcastle? Wrexham v Arsenal? Sutton v Coventry? Yep, the BBC&#39;s montage has them all. 6:28PM An English institution Evening all, Welcome to our coverage of one of the great days in the English sporting calendar. Yes we are just minutes away from seeing which lower-league teams will get a chance to lose 3-0 against the second string of one of the Premier League&#39;s leading lights. For these part-time plumbers and postmen, the opportunity to test themselves against Mohamed Elneny and Matteo Darmian is just a draw of a ball away. There is also the opportunity to be patronised the hell out of by BBC commentators and possibly go down in football folklore for ever more. Think Ronny Radford scoring for Hereford against Newcastle, Mickey Thomas for Wrexham against Arsenal, er Nigel Jemson for Shrewsbury against Everton. The third round stage is of course when all the Premier League and Championship teams join the competition, and alongside them will be four non-league teams in the pot - AFC Fylde, Hereford, Slough and Woking. Arsenal are the current FA Cup holders Credit: AP Woking you may recall have some pedigree in this competition. In January 1991 the Surrey-based side pulled off one of the great FA Cup shocks when as a Conference team they knocked out second-tier outfit West Brom 4-2 at the Hawthorns. They were then beaten 1-0 by top-flight side Everton in the fourth round. More recently, Woking reached the third round in 1997 and took Premier League side Coventry to a replay which they narrowly lost 2-1. But enough about Woking. Tonight&#39;s draw gets under way at around 7pm, and precedes the second round match between seventh-tier Slough Town and League One side Rochdale. Here are the ball numbers in full: Bournemouth Arsenal Aston Villa Barnsley Birmingham City Bolton Brentford Brighton Bristol City Burnley Burton Albion Cardiff City Chelsea Crystal Palace Derby County Everton Fulham Huddersfield Hull City Ipswich Town Leeds United Leicester Liverpool Manchester City Manchester United Middlesbrough Millwall Newcastle Norwich City Nottingham Forest Preston North End QPR Reading Sheffield United Sheffield Wednesday Southampton Stoke Sunderland Swansea Tottenham Watford West Brom West Ham Wolves Woking or Peterborough MK Dons Newport County Wycombe Wanderers Port Vale/Yeovil Shrewsbury Town Doncaster Rovers Slough Town or Rochdale AFC Wimbledon Stevenage Mansfield Town Luton Town Bradford City Blackburn/Crewe AFC Fylde or Wigan Gillingham or Carlisle Notts County Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City Fleetwood Town or Hereford Coventry City
FA Cup third-round draw in full: Liverpool v Everton and Brighton v Crystal Palace the stand-out ties
7:27PM FA Cup third-round draw in full Ipswich v Sheffield United Watford v Bristol City Birmingham v Burton Liverpool v Everton Brighton v Crystal Palace Aston Villa v Woking or Peterborough Bournemouth v AFC Fylde or Wigan Coventry v Stoke Newport v Leeds Bolton v Huddersfield Port Vale or Yeovil v Bradford Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Arsene Wenger's Arsenal travel to Nottingham Forest Brentford v Notts County QPR v MK Dons Manchester United v Derby Forest Green or Exeter v West Brom Doncaster v Slough Town or Rochdale Tottenham v AFC Wimbledon Middlesbrough v Sunderland Fleetwood or Hereford v Leicester Blackburn or Crewe v Hull Cardiff v Mansfield Manchester City v Burnley Shrewsbury v West Ham Wolves v Swansea Stevenage v Reading Newcastle v Luton Millwall v Barnsley Fulham v Southampton Wycombe v Preston Norwich v Chelsea Gillingham or Carlisle v Sheffield Wednesday 7:27PM One for the ages? Another exciting looking tie is 2016 Premier League champions away at Hereford United (if Hereford can win their replay against Fleetwood Town. 7:23PM That concludes the draw No doubts about the tie of the round there...Liverpool will host Everton! There's also Brighton vs Crystal Palace and Bournemouth at home against non-league Fylde or Wigan. 7:22PM Last up Gillingham or Carlisle vs Sheffield Wednesday 7:21PM Tough draw Norwich Norwich City vs Chelsea 7:21PM Next Wycombe Wanderers vs Preston North End 7:21PM Next up Fulham vs Southampton 7:21PM All-Championship tie Millwall vs Barnsley 7:20PM Home banker? Newcastle vs Luton Town 7:20PM Next up Stevenage vs Reading 7:20PM The home side could be the favourites here Wolves vs Swansea 7:20PM Another giant-killing for Shrewsbury? Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham 7:20PM All Premier League tie Manchester City vs Burnley 7:19PM Next up Cardiff City vs Mansfield Town 7:19PM Upset alert Blackburn or Crewe vs Hull City 7:19PM Great draw Fleetwood Town or Hereford vs Leicester City 7:19PM Tees-Wear derby Middlesbrough vs Sunderland 7:18PM London derby Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon 7:18PM The Slough fans seem a bit upset... Doncaster Rovers vs Slough Town or Rochdale 7:18PM Banana skin? Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City vs West Brom 7:17PM United are up against... Manchester United vs Derby County 7:17PM Next up QPR vs MK Dons 7:17PM Next up Brentford vs Notts County 7:16PM The holders will play... Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal 7:16PM Next Port Vale or Yeovil Town v Bradford City 7:16PM Local derby Bolton Wanderers vs Huddersfield Town 7:16PM Next up Newport County vs Leeds United 7:16PM A tale of two cities Coventry City vs Stoke City 7:15PM Potentially a huge trip for non-league Fylde Bournemouth vs AFC Fylde or Wigan 7:15PM Less exciting Aston Villa vs Woking or Peterborough United 7:15PM And another big rivalry! Brighton vs Crystal Palace 7:14PM Would you believe it?! Liverpool vs Everton 7:14PM Next Birmingham City vs Burton Albion 7:14PM Next Watford vs Bristol City 7:14PM First up Ipswich Town vs Sheffield United 7:12PM Here we go Jake Humphrey is the host, and the venue is Slough Town's home ground Holloways Park ahead of Slough's FA Cup second round match tonight against Rochdale. Glenn Hoddle and Jermaine Jenas will make the draw. 7:01PM Nearly there The draw will be getting under way in around about 10 minutes. Hereford v Newcastle? Wrexham v Arsenal? Sutton v Coventry? Yep, the BBC's montage has them all. 6:28PM An English institution Evening all, Welcome to our coverage of one of the great days in the English sporting calendar. Yes we are just minutes away from seeing which lower-league teams will get a chance to lose 3-0 against the second string of one of the Premier League's leading lights. For these part-time plumbers and postmen, the opportunity to test themselves against Mohamed Elneny and Matteo Darmian is just a draw of a ball away. There is also the opportunity to be patronised the hell out of by BBC commentators and possibly go down in football folklore for ever more. Think Ronny Radford scoring for Hereford against Newcastle, Mickey Thomas for Wrexham against Arsenal, er Nigel Jemson for Shrewsbury against Everton. The third round stage is of course when all the Premier League and Championship teams join the competition, and alongside them will be four non-league teams in the pot - AFC Fylde, Hereford, Slough and Woking. Arsenal are the current FA Cup holders Credit: AP Woking you may recall have some pedigree in this competition. In January 1991 the Surrey-based side pulled off one of the great FA Cup shocks when as a Conference team they knocked out second-tier outfit West Brom 4-2 at the Hawthorns. They were then beaten 1-0 by top-flight side Everton in the fourth round. More recently, Woking reached the third round in 1997 and took Premier League side Coventry to a replay which they narrowly lost 2-1. But enough about Woking. Tonight's draw gets under way at around 7pm, and precedes the second round match between seventh-tier Slough Town and League One side Rochdale. Here are the ball numbers in full: Bournemouth Arsenal Aston Villa Barnsley Birmingham City Bolton Brentford Brighton Bristol City Burnley Burton Albion Cardiff City Chelsea Crystal Palace Derby County Everton Fulham Huddersfield Hull City Ipswich Town Leeds United Leicester Liverpool Manchester City Manchester United Middlesbrough Millwall Newcastle Norwich City Nottingham Forest Preston North End QPR Reading Sheffield United Sheffield Wednesday Southampton Stoke Sunderland Swansea Tottenham Watford West Brom West Ham Wolves Woking or Peterborough MK Dons Newport County Wycombe Wanderers Port Vale/Yeovil Shrewsbury Town Doncaster Rovers Slough Town or Rochdale AFC Wimbledon Stevenage Mansfield Town Luton Town Bradford City Blackburn/Crewe AFC Fylde or Wigan Gillingham or Carlisle Notts County Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City Fleetwood Town or Hereford Coventry City
7:27PM FA Cup third-round draw in full Ipswich v Sheffield United Watford v Bristol City Birmingham v Burton Liverpool v Everton Brighton v Crystal Palace Aston Villa v Woking or Peterborough Bournemouth v AFC Fylde or Wigan Coventry v Stoke Newport v Leeds Bolton v Huddersfield Port Vale or Yeovil v Bradford Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Arsene Wenger&#39;s Arsenal travel to Nottingham Forest Brentford v Notts County QPR v MK Dons Manchester United v Derby Forest Green or Exeter v West Brom Doncaster v Slough Town or Rochdale Tottenham v AFC Wimbledon Middlesbrough v Sunderland Fleetwood or Hereford v Leicester Blackburn or Crewe v Hull Cardiff v Mansfield Manchester City v Burnley Shrewsbury v West Ham Wolves v Swansea Stevenage v Reading Newcastle v Luton Millwall v Barnsley Fulham v Southampton Wycombe v Preston Norwich v Chelsea Gillingham or Carlisle v Sheffield Wednesday 7:27PM One for the ages? Another exciting looking tie is 2016 Premier League champions away at Hereford United (if Hereford can win their replay against Fleetwood Town. 7:23PM That concludes the draw No doubts about the tie of the round there...Liverpool will host Everton! There&#39;s also Brighton vs Crystal Palace and Bournemouth at home against non-league Fylde or Wigan. 7:22PM Last up Gillingham or Carlisle vs Sheffield Wednesday 7:21PM Tough draw Norwich Norwich City vs Chelsea 7:21PM Next Wycombe Wanderers vs Preston North End 7:21PM Next up Fulham vs Southampton 7:21PM All-Championship tie Millwall vs Barnsley 7:20PM Home banker? Newcastle vs Luton Town 7:20PM Next up Stevenage vs Reading 7:20PM The home side could be the favourites here Wolves vs Swansea 7:20PM Another giant-killing for Shrewsbury? Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham 7:20PM All Premier League tie Manchester City vs Burnley 7:19PM Next up Cardiff City vs Mansfield Town 7:19PM Upset alert Blackburn or Crewe vs Hull City 7:19PM Great draw Fleetwood Town or Hereford vs Leicester City 7:19PM Tees-Wear derby Middlesbrough vs Sunderland 7:18PM London derby Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon 7:18PM The Slough fans seem a bit upset... Doncaster Rovers vs Slough Town or Rochdale 7:18PM Banana skin? Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City vs West Brom 7:17PM United are up against... Manchester United vs Derby County 7:17PM Next up QPR vs MK Dons 7:17PM Next up Brentford vs Notts County 7:16PM The holders will play... Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal 7:16PM Next Port Vale or Yeovil Town v Bradford City 7:16PM Local derby Bolton Wanderers vs Huddersfield Town 7:16PM Next up Newport County vs Leeds United 7:16PM A tale of two cities Coventry City vs Stoke City 7:15PM Potentially a huge trip for non-league Fylde Bournemouth vs AFC Fylde or Wigan 7:15PM Less exciting Aston Villa vs Woking or Peterborough United 7:15PM And another big rivalry! Brighton vs Crystal Palace 7:14PM Would you believe it?! Liverpool vs Everton 7:14PM Next Birmingham City vs Burton Albion 7:14PM Next Watford vs Bristol City 7:14PM First up Ipswich Town vs Sheffield United 7:12PM Here we go Jake Humphrey is the host, and the venue is Slough Town&#39;s home ground Holloways Park ahead of Slough&#39;s FA Cup second round match tonight against Rochdale. Glenn Hoddle and Jermaine Jenas will make the draw. 7:01PM Nearly there The draw will be getting under way in around about 10 minutes. Hereford v Newcastle? Wrexham v Arsenal? Sutton v Coventry? Yep, the BBC&#39;s montage has them all. 6:28PM An English institution Evening all, Welcome to our coverage of one of the great days in the English sporting calendar. Yes we are just minutes away from seeing which lower-league teams will get a chance to lose 3-0 against the second string of one of the Premier League&#39;s leading lights. For these part-time plumbers and postmen, the opportunity to test themselves against Mohamed Elneny and Matteo Darmian is just a draw of a ball away. There is also the opportunity to be patronised the hell out of by BBC commentators and possibly go down in football folklore for ever more. Think Ronny Radford scoring for Hereford against Newcastle, Mickey Thomas for Wrexham against Arsenal, er Nigel Jemson for Shrewsbury against Everton. The third round stage is of course when all the Premier League and Championship teams join the competition, and alongside them will be four non-league teams in the pot - AFC Fylde, Hereford, Slough and Woking. Arsenal are the current FA Cup holders Credit: AP Woking you may recall have some pedigree in this competition. In January 1991 the Surrey-based side pulled off one of the great FA Cup shocks when as a Conference team they knocked out second-tier outfit West Brom 4-2 at the Hawthorns. They were then beaten 1-0 by top-flight side Everton in the fourth round. More recently, Woking reached the third round in 1997 and took Premier League side Coventry to a replay which they narrowly lost 2-1. But enough about Woking. Tonight&#39;s draw gets under way at around 7pm, and precedes the second round match between seventh-tier Slough Town and League One side Rochdale. Here are the ball numbers in full: Bournemouth Arsenal Aston Villa Barnsley Birmingham City Bolton Brentford Brighton Bristol City Burnley Burton Albion Cardiff City Chelsea Crystal Palace Derby County Everton Fulham Huddersfield Hull City Ipswich Town Leeds United Leicester Liverpool Manchester City Manchester United Middlesbrough Millwall Newcastle Norwich City Nottingham Forest Preston North End QPR Reading Sheffield United Sheffield Wednesday Southampton Stoke Sunderland Swansea Tottenham Watford West Brom West Ham Wolves Woking or Peterborough MK Dons Newport County Wycombe Wanderers Port Vale/Yeovil Shrewsbury Town Doncaster Rovers Slough Town or Rochdale AFC Wimbledon Stevenage Mansfield Town Luton Town Bradford City Blackburn/Crewe AFC Fylde or Wigan Gillingham or Carlisle Notts County Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City Fleetwood Town or Hereford Coventry City
FA Cup third-round draw in full: Liverpool v Everton and Brighton v Crystal Palace the stand-out ties
7:27PM FA Cup third-round draw in full Ipswich v Sheffield United Watford v Bristol City Birmingham v Burton Liverpool v Everton Brighton v Crystal Palace Aston Villa v Woking or Peterborough Bournemouth v AFC Fylde or Wigan Coventry v Stoke Newport v Leeds Bolton v Huddersfield Port Vale or Yeovil v Bradford Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Arsene Wenger's Arsenal travel to Nottingham Forest Brentford v Notts County QPR v MK Dons Manchester United v Derby Forest Green or Exeter v West Brom Doncaster v Slough Town or Rochdale Tottenham v AFC Wimbledon Middlesbrough v Sunderland Fleetwood or Hereford v Leicester Blackburn or Crewe v Hull Cardiff v Mansfield Manchester City v Burnley Shrewsbury v West Ham Wolves v Swansea Stevenage v Reading Newcastle v Luton Millwall v Barnsley Fulham v Southampton Wycombe v Preston Norwich v Chelsea Gillingham or Carlisle v Sheffield Wednesday 7:27PM One for the ages? Another exciting looking tie is 2016 Premier League champions away at Hereford United (if Hereford can win their replay against Fleetwood Town. 7:23PM That concludes the draw No doubts about the tie of the round there...Liverpool will host Everton! There's also Brighton vs Crystal Palace and Bournemouth at home against non-league Fylde or Wigan. 7:22PM Last up Gillingham or Carlisle vs Sheffield Wednesday 7:21PM Tough draw Norwich Norwich City vs Chelsea 7:21PM Next Wycombe Wanderers vs Preston North End 7:21PM Next up Fulham vs Southampton 7:21PM All-Championship tie Millwall vs Barnsley 7:20PM Home banker? Newcastle vs Luton Town 7:20PM Next up Stevenage vs Reading 7:20PM The home side could be the favourites here Wolves vs Swansea 7:20PM Another giant-killing for Shrewsbury? Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham 7:20PM All Premier League tie Manchester City vs Burnley 7:19PM Next up Cardiff City vs Mansfield Town 7:19PM Upset alert Blackburn or Crewe vs Hull City 7:19PM Great draw Fleetwood Town or Hereford vs Leicester City 7:19PM Tees-Wear derby Middlesbrough vs Sunderland 7:18PM London derby Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon 7:18PM The Slough fans seem a bit upset... Doncaster Rovers vs Slough Town or Rochdale 7:18PM Banana skin? Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City vs West Brom 7:17PM United are up against... Manchester United vs Derby County 7:17PM Next up QPR vs MK Dons 7:17PM Next up Brentford vs Notts County 7:16PM The holders will play... Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal 7:16PM Next Port Vale or Yeovil Town v Bradford City 7:16PM Local derby Bolton Wanderers vs Huddersfield Town 7:16PM Next up Newport County vs Leeds United 7:16PM A tale of two cities Coventry City vs Stoke City 7:15PM Potentially a huge trip for non-league Fylde Bournemouth vs AFC Fylde or Wigan 7:15PM Less exciting Aston Villa vs Woking or Peterborough United 7:15PM And another big rivalry! Brighton vs Crystal Palace 7:14PM Would you believe it?! Liverpool vs Everton 7:14PM Next Birmingham City vs Burton Albion 7:14PM Next Watford vs Bristol City 7:14PM First up Ipswich Town vs Sheffield United 7:12PM Here we go Jake Humphrey is the host, and the venue is Slough Town's home ground Holloways Park ahead of Slough's FA Cup second round match tonight against Rochdale. Glenn Hoddle and Jermaine Jenas will make the draw. 7:01PM Nearly there The draw will be getting under way in around about 10 minutes. Hereford v Newcastle? Wrexham v Arsenal? Sutton v Coventry? Yep, the BBC's montage has them all. 6:28PM An English institution Evening all, Welcome to our coverage of one of the great days in the English sporting calendar. Yes we are just minutes away from seeing which lower-league teams will get a chance to lose 3-0 against the second string of one of the Premier League's leading lights. For these part-time plumbers and postmen, the opportunity to test themselves against Mohamed Elneny and Matteo Darmian is just a draw of a ball away. There is also the opportunity to be patronised the hell out of by BBC commentators and possibly go down in football folklore for ever more. Think Ronny Radford scoring for Hereford against Newcastle, Mickey Thomas for Wrexham against Arsenal, er Nigel Jemson for Shrewsbury against Everton. The third round stage is of course when all the Premier League and Championship teams join the competition, and alongside them will be four non-league teams in the pot - AFC Fylde, Hereford, Slough and Woking. Arsenal are the current FA Cup holders Credit: AP Woking you may recall have some pedigree in this competition. In January 1991 the Surrey-based side pulled off one of the great FA Cup shocks when as a Conference team they knocked out second-tier outfit West Brom 4-2 at the Hawthorns. They were then beaten 1-0 by top-flight side Everton in the fourth round. More recently, Woking reached the third round in 1997 and took Premier League side Coventry to a replay which they narrowly lost 2-1. But enough about Woking. Tonight's draw gets under way at around 7pm, and precedes the second round match between seventh-tier Slough Town and League One side Rochdale. Here are the ball numbers in full: Bournemouth Arsenal Aston Villa Barnsley Birmingham City Bolton Brentford Brighton Bristol City Burnley Burton Albion Cardiff City Chelsea Crystal Palace Derby County Everton Fulham Huddersfield Hull City Ipswich Town Leeds United Leicester Liverpool Manchester City Manchester United Middlesbrough Millwall Newcastle Norwich City Nottingham Forest Preston North End QPR Reading Sheffield United Sheffield Wednesday Southampton Stoke Sunderland Swansea Tottenham Watford West Brom West Ham Wolves Woking or Peterborough MK Dons Newport County Wycombe Wanderers Port Vale/Yeovil Shrewsbury Town Doncaster Rovers Slough Town or Rochdale AFC Wimbledon Stevenage Mansfield Town Luton Town Bradford City Blackburn/Crewe AFC Fylde or Wigan Gillingham or Carlisle Notts County Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City Fleetwood Town or Hereford Coventry City
What is it? The draw for the FA Cup third round, which is the stage at which the Premier League&#39;s sides join the competition. When is it? Monday 4 December at around 7pm - before Slough vs Rochdale kicks off (which is on BT Sport 1, by the way). How can I watch the draw? BT Sport 1 and BBC Two will be showing the draw live, but if you&#39;re unable to watch it on telly you can follow it with us on the Telegraph Sport website. How does the draw work? 64 balls will be drawn at random to make up 32 ties. Anyone can play anyone so we could see Manchester United vs Arsenal and Manchester City vs Mansfield Town. What are the ball numbers? Bournemouth Arsenal Aston Villa Barnsley Birmingham City Bolton Brentford Brighton Bristol City Burnley Burton Albion Cardiff City Chelsea Crystal Palace Derby County Everton Fulham Huddersfield Hull City Ipswich Town Leeds United Leicester Liverpool Manchester City Manchester United Middlesbrough Millwall Newcastle Norwich City Nottingham Forest Preston North End QPR Reading Sheffield United Sheffield Wednesday Southampton Stoke Sunderland Swansea Tottenham Watford West Brom West Ham Wolves Woking or Peterborough MK Dons Newport County Wycombe Wanderers Port Vale/Yeovil Shrewsbury Town Doncaster Rovers Slough Town or Rochdale AFC Wimbledon Stevenage Mansfield Town Luton Town Bradford City Blackburn/Crewe AFC Fylde or Wigan Gillingham or Carlisle Notts County Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City Fleetwood Town or Hereford Coventry City Arsenal are chasing another FA Cup triumph Credit: AP When will the matches be played? The third round ties will be played over the weekend of 6 January 2018. This isn&#39;t confirmed, but we&#39;d assume matches will be played Friday-Monday. What are the odds and who are favourites to win it? Man City - 4/1 Chelsea - 5/1 Man Utd - 6/1 Arsenal - 8/1 Tottenham - 8/1 Liverpool - 9/1 Everton - 18/1 Southampton - 25/1 Leicester - 33/1 West Ham - 33/1
FA Cup third-round draw: What time is it, how can you watch it and what ball number is your team?
What is it? The draw for the FA Cup third round, which is the stage at which the Premier League's sides join the competition. When is it? Monday 4 December at around 7pm - before Slough vs Rochdale kicks off (which is on BT Sport 1, by the way). How can I watch the draw? BT Sport 1 and BBC Two will be showing the draw live, but if you're unable to watch it on telly you can follow it with us on the Telegraph Sport website. How does the draw work? 64 balls will be drawn at random to make up 32 ties. Anyone can play anyone so we could see Manchester United vs Arsenal and Manchester City vs Mansfield Town. What are the ball numbers? Bournemouth Arsenal Aston Villa Barnsley Birmingham City Bolton Brentford Brighton Bristol City Burnley Burton Albion Cardiff City Chelsea Crystal Palace Derby County Everton Fulham Huddersfield Hull City Ipswich Town Leeds United Leicester Liverpool Manchester City Manchester United Middlesbrough Millwall Newcastle Norwich City Nottingham Forest Preston North End QPR Reading Sheffield United Sheffield Wednesday Southampton Stoke Sunderland Swansea Tottenham Watford West Brom West Ham Wolves Woking or Peterborough MK Dons Newport County Wycombe Wanderers Port Vale/Yeovil Shrewsbury Town Doncaster Rovers Slough Town or Rochdale AFC Wimbledon Stevenage Mansfield Town Luton Town Bradford City Blackburn/Crewe AFC Fylde or Wigan Gillingham or Carlisle Notts County Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City Fleetwood Town or Hereford Coventry City Arsenal are chasing another FA Cup triumph Credit: AP When will the matches be played? The third round ties will be played over the weekend of 6 January 2018. This isn't confirmed, but we'd assume matches will be played Friday-Monday. What are the odds and who are favourites to win it? Man City - 4/1 Chelsea - 5/1 Man Utd - 6/1 Arsenal - 8/1 Tottenham - 8/1 Liverpool - 9/1 Everton - 18/1 Southampton - 25/1 Leicester - 33/1 West Ham - 33/1
What is it? The draw for the FA Cup third round, which is the stage at which the Premier League&#39;s sides join the competition. When is it? Monday 4 December at around 7pm - before Slough vs Rochdale kicks off (which is on BT Sport 1, by the way). How can I watch the draw? BT Sport 1 and BBC Two will be showing the draw live, but if you&#39;re unable to watch it on telly you can follow it with us on the Telegraph Sport website. How does the draw work? 64 balls will be drawn at random to make up 32 ties. Anyone can play anyone so we could see Manchester United vs Arsenal and Manchester City vs Mansfield Town. What are the ball numbers? Bournemouth Arsenal Aston Villa Barnsley Birmingham City Bolton Brentford Brighton Bristol City Burnley Burton Albion Cardiff City Chelsea Crystal Palace Derby County Everton Fulham Huddersfield Hull City Ipswich Town Leeds United Leicester Liverpool Manchester City Manchester United Middlesbrough Millwall Newcastle Norwich City Nottingham Forest Preston North End QPR Reading Sheffield United Sheffield Wednesday Southampton Stoke Sunderland Swansea Tottenham Watford West Brom West Ham Wolves Woking or Peterborough MK Dons Newport County Wycombe Wanderers Port Vale/Yeovil Shrewsbury Town Doncaster Rovers Slough Town or Rochdale AFC Wimbledon Stevenage Mansfield Town Luton Town Bradford City Blackburn/Crewe AFC Fylde or Wigan Gillingham or Carlisle Notts County Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City Fleetwood Town or Hereford Coventry City Arsenal are chasing another FA Cup triumph Credit: AP When will the matches be played? The third round ties will be played over the weekend of 6 January 2018. This isn&#39;t confirmed, but we&#39;d assume matches will be played Friday-Monday. What are the odds and who are favourites to win it? Man City - 4/1 Chelsea - 5/1 Man Utd - 6/1 Arsenal - 8/1 Tottenham - 8/1 Liverpool - 9/1 Everton - 18/1 Southampton - 25/1 Leicester - 33/1 West Ham - 33/1
FA Cup third-round draw: What time is it, how can you watch it and what ball number is your team?
What is it? The draw for the FA Cup third round, which is the stage at which the Premier League's sides join the competition. When is it? Monday 4 December at around 7pm - before Slough vs Rochdale kicks off (which is on BT Sport 1, by the way). How can I watch the draw? BT Sport 1 and BBC Two will be showing the draw live, but if you're unable to watch it on telly you can follow it with us on the Telegraph Sport website. How does the draw work? 64 balls will be drawn at random to make up 32 ties. Anyone can play anyone so we could see Manchester United vs Arsenal and Manchester City vs Mansfield Town. What are the ball numbers? Bournemouth Arsenal Aston Villa Barnsley Birmingham City Bolton Brentford Brighton Bristol City Burnley Burton Albion Cardiff City Chelsea Crystal Palace Derby County Everton Fulham Huddersfield Hull City Ipswich Town Leeds United Leicester Liverpool Manchester City Manchester United Middlesbrough Millwall Newcastle Norwich City Nottingham Forest Preston North End QPR Reading Sheffield United Sheffield Wednesday Southampton Stoke Sunderland Swansea Tottenham Watford West Brom West Ham Wolves Woking or Peterborough MK Dons Newport County Wycombe Wanderers Port Vale/Yeovil Shrewsbury Town Doncaster Rovers Slough Town or Rochdale AFC Wimbledon Stevenage Mansfield Town Luton Town Bradford City Blackburn/Crewe AFC Fylde or Wigan Gillingham or Carlisle Notts County Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City Fleetwood Town or Hereford Coventry City Arsenal are chasing another FA Cup triumph Credit: AP When will the matches be played? The third round ties will be played over the weekend of 6 January 2018. This isn't confirmed, but we'd assume matches will be played Friday-Monday. What are the odds and who are favourites to win it? Man City - 4/1 Chelsea - 5/1 Man Utd - 6/1 Arsenal - 8/1 Tottenham - 8/1 Liverpool - 9/1 Everton - 18/1 Southampton - 25/1 Leicester - 33/1 West Ham - 33/1
Jose Mourinho has come up with some excuses in his time but explaining Romelu Lukaku’s lack of goals by revealing that his £75 million striker no longer has his own boot endorsement might be the most glorious diversion ever dreamed up by football’s most Machiavellian mind. It was already a strange night’s football by the time that Mourinho came in post-match to analyse a game in which his team had taken a three-goal lead within 31 minutes only almost to throw it all away in the second half when Watford claimed two of their own. This briefly looked like the worst nightmare for a manager whose speciality was once that his teams knew how to shut the door as well as any other, and it took Jesse Lingard to score a brilliant fourth to seal it. In the meantime, United had missed chance after chance, an “open goal” as Mourinho said for Lingard and two good opportunities for Lukaku who was playing in what might only be described as felt-tip Nikes, with the swoosh scribbled out. The outstanding performer had been Ashley Young, back at his first club scoring two first-half goals including a remarkable free-kick for the second, which was greeted by his manager on the bench with a theatrical expression of disbelief. One minute before substitute Troy Deeney scored the first of Watford’s two goals from the penalty spot, Lukaku missed badly, hesitating over his chance and allowing defenders back in between him and the goal. “I think he [Lukaku] needs a big contract with boots because at this moment he doesn’t have a contract with any brand, that’s why he’s playing with black boots,” Mourinho said. “He finished his deal and now he is waiting for the right offer and he is playing in black boots. “I think he needs a brand to give him the right boots and to pay him the right money so he goes back to goals. But jokes apart, he works amazingly well. Amazing player, amazing professional, great condition, great colleague. I couldn’t be happier with him.” Crowd control: Ashley Young celebrates Credit: Getty The United manager said that Nemanja Matic, substituted in the second half, has a “muscular” injury which the club do not yet know the extent of, and it was notable that their problems began when the Serb had left the pitch. Watford’s 77th minute penalty was won by another substitute, Roberto Pereyra, and Watford manager Marco Silva pointed out that it was a foul by Marcos Rojo who was already on a booking. “It was a second yellow card for Rojo,” Silva said, “With eleven against ten it would have been really difficult for them.” There were six of the regulation 90 minutes left when Abdoulaye Doucoure scored a second for Watford from the cross of another substitute, Andre Carillo. In the end, Lingard’s decisive winner was one of the greatest goals he will ever score, running from his own half against a backpedalling Watford defence, zagging through them as he looked for the angle and the range to beat Heurelho Gomes. The Englishman finished beautifully with his right foot having moved to the right in the last few paces and picked his spot. Adrian Mariappa of Watford holds off Anthony Martial of Manchester United Credit: Getty “These teams in mid-table have quality and no pressure,” Mourinho said afterwards. “They don’t feel the pressure teams with other objectives have. They came with everything, they have no problems. They believed with the second goal it would be possible. They gave us a couple of minutes of real pressure, but this is football.” Spoken like a man who really does struggle to feel empathy with other managers. For a while this just seemed like one of those United victories from the days in which they ruled English football: when the opposition were reduced to a pile of rubble by half-time and you could hear a crisp packet blowing across the home end. Against one of the most upwardly mobile teams in the Premier League, Young scored two in 23 minutes. What a peculiar way to behave: Jesse Lingard Credit: AP When Anthony Martial picked off Watford with the third it looked like the home team had embarked with no plan at all, but in the second half they resisted the rout and came back with some goals of their own. “We had chances for 4-0, 5-0, 6-0,” Mourinho said. “We had that in the first half. We finished the first half with a chance from an open goal. We had more in the second half, again and again and we didn’t score. I think they may have had a feeling that it was too easy, they had a feeling that the game was over. They had a feeling that Watford had no conditions to react.” But react they did after conceding two goals from Young, the boy from Stevenage whose career had begun at Watford having originally been rejected by the club as an apprentice. He has fought back from injury to become, against the odds, a key part of this United team, a survivor from the club’s last Premier League winning season of 2012-13. Not over yet: sub Troy Deeney&#39;s penalty sparked an unlikely fightback Credit: AFP The strange thing about Watford’s first half collapse was that for the first 15 minutes they looked solid enough and even asked the occasional question of United. Will Hughes, later injured, roamed behind Andre Gray and probed down the right flank. Young’s first goal was a low half-volley from the right taken quickly after Kiko Femenia, the right wing-back, had lost the ball. It was a strange celebration for his first goal since May 2016, Young appearing to cup his hand to his ear in disdain to the Watford home end which naturally resulted in an angry response. His issue with them was not clear given that his name had been cheered by a few of the home fans when it was read out at the start. Watford vs Man Utd shots on goal It was Doucoure who chased down Paul Pogba on 22 minutes and brought the United man down. Mourinho said he expected Pogba to take the free-kick but Young beat Gomes with fade and power. Just after the half hour Lukaku threaded a pass through to Martial who finished well. That should have been it but Deeney scored from the penalty spot and then Doucoure struck Carillo’s cross first time for the second. This was United’s first away league win since Sept 23, and although it ended with that glorious goal from Lingard it was another night when they almost let themselves down. 9:54PM Full time: Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Eighth time this United have scored four this term. The game seemed absolutely over at 0-3 after 75 minutes, then Rojo gave away a penalty. Watford scored that, and then another, and then just as people were thinking &quot;they couldn&#39;t, could they?&quot; the answer was delivered by Jesse Lingard: &quot;no. no they could not.&quot; He scored a special, special individual goal for the fourth. Ashley Young, though, was the key man: he scored two attractive goals in the first half. United look very good. Certainly very good for a side FIVE points behind the leaders having played a game more. Match report and reaction to follow. Mourinho: &quot;At three nil we should have been smoking cigar. But then we were back in trouble.&quot; 9:48PM 88 mins Lingard immediately subbed off. Zlatan the man who comes on. Watford still plugging away, here&#39;s Richarlison getting to the byline, firing at goal from a very narrow angle. Corner. 9:44PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Jesse Lingard has scored an incredible solo effort. What a run. He breaks on his own, the Watford defence parts like the red sea. Anyone want to maybe try and get a challenge in? Credit: BT Sport 1 Nice confident finish as well by the way. Watford 2 - 4 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 86 min) Lingard finishes it off Credit: BT Sport 1 9:43PM They couldn&#39;t, could they? Here&#39;s hoping... 9:42PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 3 Scenes at Vicarage Road!! Watford 2 - 3 Man Utd (Abdoulaye Doucouré, 84 min) 9:41PM 81 mins United haven&#39;t done anything since the goal. Just sat back and defended. 9:37PM Watford 1 Manchester United 3 Perfect penalty! It&#39;s Troy Deeney from the spot. Low and straight into the corner. No chance DDG. A lifeline? Nah. 9:36PM 75 mins After Lukaku impresses to find some space by using his strength, he gets a shot away. Up the other end, Watford have a penalty after a daft lunge from Rojo. He chopped down Pereyra, from behind, never in danger of getting the ball. Rojo brings down Pereyra Credit: BT Sport 1 9:34PM 73 mins And Lukaku definitely should have scored it! This is a shocker. Rashford slips it to Lukaku, who has tons of space and time. He dithers rather tragically and panics, losing the moment. 9:33PM 72 mins Rashford with a shot. United doing everything but score that fourth. 9:32PM 71 mins Pogba! A flying header but it&#39;s not going in. 9:32PM 70 mins Deeney has come on (Gray off) and nearly gets a chance right away 9:27PM 69 mins Mariappa robs Lukaku (well) and shoots (poorly). 9:26PM 67 mins Rojo has yet to fully convince me for Man United, but he has made some important interventions tonight in his own box. Stops a dangerous Carrillo run and when the ball bounces free a second later, sorts that out as well. 9:25PM 64 mins Martial, who has been exciting, direct and dangerous, is taken off. Rashford on. 9:24PM Z is for Zorro, and Z is for Zorro... and Marvin Zeegelaar of Watford Credit: Getty 9:22PM 63 mins The only things Watford have had going for them have been Hughes, off injured, and Richarlison, who again pops up here at the back stick to go close with a header 9:21PM 62 mins Watford&#39;s defending and midfield play has been consistently a day late and a dollar short. You don&#39;t mind getting outplayed by a United, but the visitors have been first to the ball, sharper and snappier in their work around the pitch and in the contested zones. Deeply unimpressed by Watford. 9:18PM 56 mins Hughes, who has had a good game, has gone down clutching the back of his leg. He is off. This is very courteous and helpful from a Man Utd social media wonk. 57&#39; - Double change for Watford, as Carrillo and Pereyra replace Prodl and the injured Hughes. #MUFC#WATMUN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 9:15PM 54 mins Matic is coming off, not moving too well. This game is won, so they might as well be cautious. 9:11PM 51 mins Martial breaks, has a chance to play Lukaku in but tarries just a quarter of a second too long. Lukaku eventually fed, fires across goal. Watford have not a clue how to defend a break. 9:10PM 50 mins Corner for Watford. De Gea gets trapped between a couple of Hornets. Rojo comes to his rescue and clears with a wonderful defensive header, running at full tilt. 9:05PM 46 mins Watford come out like they mean business, and there&#39;s a decent run from Cleverley down the left. De Gea nabs his cross. 8:51PM Half time: Watford 0 Manchester United 3 A precision beasting. United so dangerous and precise in attack, despite having the minority of the ball. Good luck with that half time team talk, Marco. Perhaps start with &quot;I definitely want to carry on managing you, right, so...&quot; 8:51PM 45 mins Watford&#39;s best moment of the match comes right at the end of it. Good Femenia work down the wing, cross, Richarilson with a header and he hits the bar! Unlucky son. That might have made the second half into a contest. As it stands... 8:48PM 44 mins Oh wow, what a save this is. United break and, I haven&#39;t seen too much of Watford this season, but if this really is the 8th best team in the League, then the Continentals must be laughing up their sleeves at us, eh Nigel? Watford are about as resilient and well organised as a group overtired toddlers in a sweetshop. Lukaku powers down the centre and crunches a shot at goal. Good save Gomez. And the next one is even better. Magnificent reactions as he gets up off the turf to block from point-blank. Lingard it was following in, I think. 8:41PM 40 mins Martial is tearing Watford apart like he was a hairy Welshman. Mariappa into the book for fouling hi, Another freekick in a decent position. No cigar on this occasion. Hit into the wall. 8:39PM 37 mins A minor blip for United as Rojo is booked for blocking off an opponent. 8:32PM GOAL! Man United at it again! This is a pasting A chastening evening for Premier League flavour of the month Marco Silva, who has to watch his team absolutely gubbed by the XI sent out by his countryman. Marco Silva looks nonplussed Credit: BT Sport 1 United have their third when Lukaku finds Martial, who clips it in with a nice side-footed finish. It&#39;s men against boys out there at the moment. Watford opened up there. Gomez didn&#39;t have a chance with that one either. He&#39;s touched the ball three times, and each time to pick it out of the net! Watford 0 - 3 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 32 min) 8:28PM Young blood It was an incredible free. He got it over the wall and then bent it away viciously. Gomez was correctly positioned, it just did too much. That Young free-kick must be the optimum position to get one: dead-centre, about 28 yards out? What a great strike.— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) November 28, 2017 8:26PM GOAL! Ashley Young again! A blinding freekick Ashley Young hits the freekick Credit: BT Sport 1 Goal: Man Utd ( 25 min ) Pick that one out Credit: BT Sport 1 8:24PM 23 mins Hilarious foul by Doucoure. He has to have three goes but he finally brings down Pogba. Rugby tackle, shirt grab, push, kick combo. It gives United a freekick just outside the D, central. 8:23PM Jobs for the old boys Hodgson, Moyes, Allardyce, Pardew. All handed PL jobs this year (or will be soon), combined age of 243, 18 PL stints between them, 0 major honours. It isn&#39;t foreigners holding young British coaches back. It&#39;s old lags and a safety first mentality.— Oscillating Wildly (@OscillateWWFC) November 27, 2017 8:22PM 20 mins Young having a good match, releases Martial down the left. Well defended, but at the expense of a corner. 8:20PM GOAL! Ashley Young scores! The former Watford kid has scored a cracker at his old club. Good strength from Lukaku, he holds it up and plays Lingard, who shows great skill and patience to spot and release Young. Young crushes a shot at the near post, he just hit that so quickly after receiving it. Watford 0 - 1 Man Utd (Ashley Young, 19 min) 8:18PM 17 mins United are managing to be outnumbered in midfield and still have no runners up front when they do get the ball. Where is everybody? 8:17PM 16 mins Perhaps it&#39;s me, I am very weary today, but hard to get engaged with this game. Crowd are very quiet 8:16PM 14 mins Martial as bright as a button, raging down that left, cutting inside, eventually swamped by sheer numbers. 8:13PM 7 mins Clever move ie cheating from Watford. Corner delivered in, Lindelof is marking Richarlison. SebastienProdl pulls Lindelof&#39;s shirt, allowing Richarlison to get free. Might have done more with the header 8:07PM 5 mins Nice ball in from the right looking for Richarlison, who is becoming a real star this season. Lindelof outmuscles him here, though. 8:06PM 4 mins Interesting argument. Television channels don’t know what we want. They’re completely out of touch with real football fans. Brighton v Palace for the first time ever in the Premier League - it’ll be one of the occasions of the PL season - but we get yet another turgid Man Utd game?— Nick Goff (@nickgoff79) November 28, 2017 8:04PM 3 mins You have to go back to 1996 to find the occasion United lost three in a row on the road. Martial kicked on the jaw as he gets his head in. 8:00PM 1 mins United, then. Smalling plays in the middle, Lindelof right, Rojo on the left of their back three. Prodl in the centre for Watford, Mariappa on the right. Lingard making some decent runs, plenty of energy. 7:59PM Back threes for both side? Britos was hurt at the weekend, Prodl comes into the XI. Ten of the 11 are playing their third PL in a row. Rojo into the Man Utd XI. Credit: BT Sport 1 7:56PM Players are out on the pitch Here they come. Ground looks pleasant. Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:47PM Paul Scholes good on Lukaku &quot;I hate seeing him come out of the box, drop back and put his hand up asking for the ball. He is not good enough to do that. Don&#39;t worry about the midfield passing the ball, that is not your business. Get in the job and score a goal, that is your job.&quot; Lukaku failed to get in the box v Chelsea Credit: BT Sport 1 7:45PM Snood Credit: BT Sport 1 7:37PM Again: exceptional work 7:36PM Mourinho wandering around moodily like a man who has just got to his allotment and found that slugs have been at the greengages. Mourinho at Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:35PM Kick off is at 8pm by the way. I was wondering why wee Paul Scholes was still allowed to be standing on the pitch doing his talking. 7:33PM What a tremendous pair of individuals GT and EJ Credit: PA 7:27PM Best Elton album? Hard to look beyond Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, innit? Honky Chateau a valiant contender though, certainly up there. Madman Across The Water in with a shout. 7:26PM Yes Tom �� | Speaking to @btsport ahead of kick-off, Tom Cleverley discusses #watfordfc&#39;s strengths going into tonight&#39;s game with @ManUtd. pic.twitter.com/oiSPK7WHwM— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:24PM Shane O&#39;Leary writes I&#39;m sure that a bright, 21st century glow-grab-bag of high wattage reportage like Baron Tyers is going wrangle the Harry & Megan news of the century into this mud stained, plebian plagued, cider fuelled domestic? So, who&#39;d you fancy? I reckon Watford can take Megan, easy. Come on Honky Chateau! 7:22PM Tom Cleverley meets Owen Hargreaves. Nice use of the foreign footballer&#39;s terminology there from Tom: &quot;we&#39;re in a happy moment.&quot; Nice. Adds: &quot;We are happy playing for him at the minute.&quot; Also, I have awarded a bonus mark for &quot;the so-called top six.&quot; 7:06PM And teams in the old fashioned &#39;words&#39; format Watford: Gomes, Mariappa, Kabasele, Prodl, Femenia, Doucoure, Cleverley, Zeegelaar, Hughes, Gray, Richarlison. Subs: Janmaat, Deeney, Wague, Carrillo, Capoue, Karnezis, Pereyra. Man Utd: de Gea, Lindelof, Smalling, Rojo, Valencia, Pogba, Matic, Young, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Mata, Ibrahimovic, Rashford, Romero, Ander Herrera, Darmian, McTominay. Referee: Jonathan Moss (County Durham) 7:03PM As for the Hornets �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd: Gomes (GK) (C); Mariappa, Prödl, Kabasele; Femenía, Cleverley, Doucouré, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Wagué, Janmaat, Capoue, Carrillo, Pereyra, Deeney. pic.twitter.com/EdIc6KEZrs— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:02PM So, Zlatan had not outsted Lukaku just yet Rom keeps his place. 7:01PM Here are the teams The team news is in! Here&#39;s your #MUFC XI to take on Watford... #WATMUNpic.twitter.com/Ib4RBPywDA— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 6:57PM Laced up Well the banner is up and we&#39;re ready to hand out some laces! #watfordfc#ProudHornets ����️‍�� pic.twitter.com/s0wY5Yp4Lx— Proud Hornets (@ProudHornets) November 28, 2017 6:53PM Good evening! Welcome to our live blog of Watford against Man United. Here&#39;s a preview. Jose Mourinho believes Marco Silva&#39;s Watford are a far better side than the one that gave Manchester United a bloody nose last season. The Red Devils were condemned to their third defeat in a week in September 2016 as late goals from Juan Zuniga and Troy Deeney gave the Hornets a 3-1 win. That period remains the lowest ebb of Mourinho&#39;s Old Trafford reign and the United boss is aware just how hard it will be to exact revenge on Tuesday evening. Watford are eighth in the Premier League after their impressive 3-0 win at Newcastle, with manager Silva&#39;s fine work leading to admiring glances from rudderless Everton. &quot;Against Watford I was very upset with Watford&#39;s first goal after some guy sent (Anthony) Martial to the hospital and the referee let it go,&quot; Mourinho said. &quot;That is the reason why I was very, very upset at Watford. I think Watford made also progress. &quot;They have an unusual squad for a mid-table team. &quot;They have a squad full of very good players who are not normal to be in these mid-table teams. They have a good coach. &quot;They have improved a lot from last season too.&quot; Mourinho failed to get the better of Silva in their last two meetings, with his Hull side holding United to a goalless draw in the league at Old Trafford just a week after beating them 2-1 in the EFL Cup semi-finals in January - albeit a scoreline that did not prevent the Old Trafford giants from progressing. Zlatan Ibrahimovic starred as the Red Devils went onto triumph at Wembley and is now pushing for his first start since April, having made three substitute appearances after returning from serious knee ligament damage. Marcos Rojo has started the last two matches after being sidelined by a knee issue of his own, although should Phil Jones or Eric Bailly return from injury the Argentina international could be protected. How best to utilise Paul Pogba is another question for Mourinho given the trip to Watford is swiftly followed by a trip to Arsenal on Saturday. The 24-year-old has impressed since returning from a hamstring complaint, completing his first full match in 11 weeks against Brighton. Their returns are bolstered by the continued availability of Romelu Lukaku. Images appeared to show the striker kicking out twice at the Brighton defender Gaetan Bong just before Ashley Young&#39;s strike deflected in off Lewis Dunk to secure Mourinho&#39;s men a 1-0 win on Saturday. Lukaku was left sweating on FA action as retrospective punishment for violent conduct would incur a three-match ban, ruling him out of the derby clash with Manchester City. However, Press Association Sport understands the striker will face no action from the governing body over the incident. Referee Neil Swarbrick took no action against Lukaku at the time and the incident was confirmed to have been missed by officials at Old Trafford. As a result, a panel of three former elite referees reviewed the footage independently of one another to advise whether they deemed it a sending-off offence. The decision had to be unanimous for a charge to be brought and clearly was not as Lukaku has escaped punishment.
Watford 2 Manchester United 4: Ashley Young scores brace and Jesse Lingard adds late solo treat
Jose Mourinho has come up with some excuses in his time but explaining Romelu Lukaku’s lack of goals by revealing that his £75 million striker no longer has his own boot endorsement might be the most glorious diversion ever dreamed up by football’s most Machiavellian mind. It was already a strange night’s football by the time that Mourinho came in post-match to analyse a game in which his team had taken a three-goal lead within 31 minutes only almost to throw it all away in the second half when Watford claimed two of their own. This briefly looked like the worst nightmare for a manager whose speciality was once that his teams knew how to shut the door as well as any other, and it took Jesse Lingard to score a brilliant fourth to seal it. In the meantime, United had missed chance after chance, an “open goal” as Mourinho said for Lingard and two good opportunities for Lukaku who was playing in what might only be described as felt-tip Nikes, with the swoosh scribbled out. The outstanding performer had been Ashley Young, back at his first club scoring two first-half goals including a remarkable free-kick for the second, which was greeted by his manager on the bench with a theatrical expression of disbelief. One minute before substitute Troy Deeney scored the first of Watford’s two goals from the penalty spot, Lukaku missed badly, hesitating over his chance and allowing defenders back in between him and the goal. “I think he [Lukaku] needs a big contract with boots because at this moment he doesn’t have a contract with any brand, that’s why he’s playing with black boots,” Mourinho said. “He finished his deal and now he is waiting for the right offer and he is playing in black boots. “I think he needs a brand to give him the right boots and to pay him the right money so he goes back to goals. But jokes apart, he works amazingly well. Amazing player, amazing professional, great condition, great colleague. I couldn’t be happier with him.” Crowd control: Ashley Young celebrates Credit: Getty The United manager said that Nemanja Matic, substituted in the second half, has a “muscular” injury which the club do not yet know the extent of, and it was notable that their problems began when the Serb had left the pitch. Watford’s 77th minute penalty was won by another substitute, Roberto Pereyra, and Watford manager Marco Silva pointed out that it was a foul by Marcos Rojo who was already on a booking. “It was a second yellow card for Rojo,” Silva said, “With eleven against ten it would have been really difficult for them.” There were six of the regulation 90 minutes left when Abdoulaye Doucoure scored a second for Watford from the cross of another substitute, Andre Carillo. In the end, Lingard’s decisive winner was one of the greatest goals he will ever score, running from his own half against a backpedalling Watford defence, zagging through them as he looked for the angle and the range to beat Heurelho Gomes. The Englishman finished beautifully with his right foot having moved to the right in the last few paces and picked his spot. Adrian Mariappa of Watford holds off Anthony Martial of Manchester United Credit: Getty “These teams in mid-table have quality and no pressure,” Mourinho said afterwards. “They don’t feel the pressure teams with other objectives have. They came with everything, they have no problems. They believed with the second goal it would be possible. They gave us a couple of minutes of real pressure, but this is football.” Spoken like a man who really does struggle to feel empathy with other managers. For a while this just seemed like one of those United victories from the days in which they ruled English football: when the opposition were reduced to a pile of rubble by half-time and you could hear a crisp packet blowing across the home end. Against one of the most upwardly mobile teams in the Premier League, Young scored two in 23 minutes. What a peculiar way to behave: Jesse Lingard Credit: AP When Anthony Martial picked off Watford with the third it looked like the home team had embarked with no plan at all, but in the second half they resisted the rout and came back with some goals of their own. “We had chances for 4-0, 5-0, 6-0,” Mourinho said. “We had that in the first half. We finished the first half with a chance from an open goal. We had more in the second half, again and again and we didn’t score. I think they may have had a feeling that it was too easy, they had a feeling that the game was over. They had a feeling that Watford had no conditions to react.” But react they did after conceding two goals from Young, the boy from Stevenage whose career had begun at Watford having originally been rejected by the club as an apprentice. He has fought back from injury to become, against the odds, a key part of this United team, a survivor from the club’s last Premier League winning season of 2012-13. Not over yet: sub Troy Deeney's penalty sparked an unlikely fightback Credit: AFP The strange thing about Watford’s first half collapse was that for the first 15 minutes they looked solid enough and even asked the occasional question of United. Will Hughes, later injured, roamed behind Andre Gray and probed down the right flank. Young’s first goal was a low half-volley from the right taken quickly after Kiko Femenia, the right wing-back, had lost the ball. It was a strange celebration for his first goal since May 2016, Young appearing to cup his hand to his ear in disdain to the Watford home end which naturally resulted in an angry response. His issue with them was not clear given that his name had been cheered by a few of the home fans when it was read out at the start. Watford vs Man Utd shots on goal It was Doucoure who chased down Paul Pogba on 22 minutes and brought the United man down. Mourinho said he expected Pogba to take the free-kick but Young beat Gomes with fade and power. Just after the half hour Lukaku threaded a pass through to Martial who finished well. That should have been it but Deeney scored from the penalty spot and then Doucoure struck Carillo’s cross first time for the second. This was United’s first away league win since Sept 23, and although it ended with that glorious goal from Lingard it was another night when they almost let themselves down. 9:54PM Full time: Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Eighth time this United have scored four this term. The game seemed absolutely over at 0-3 after 75 minutes, then Rojo gave away a penalty. Watford scored that, and then another, and then just as people were thinking "they couldn't, could they?" the answer was delivered by Jesse Lingard: "no. no they could not." He scored a special, special individual goal for the fourth. Ashley Young, though, was the key man: he scored two attractive goals in the first half. United look very good. Certainly very good for a side FIVE points behind the leaders having played a game more. Match report and reaction to follow. Mourinho: "At three nil we should have been smoking cigar. But then we were back in trouble." 9:48PM 88 mins Lingard immediately subbed off. Zlatan the man who comes on. Watford still plugging away, here's Richarlison getting to the byline, firing at goal from a very narrow angle. Corner. 9:44PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Jesse Lingard has scored an incredible solo effort. What a run. He breaks on his own, the Watford defence parts like the red sea. Anyone want to maybe try and get a challenge in? Credit: BT Sport 1 Nice confident finish as well by the way. Watford 2 - 4 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 86 min) Lingard finishes it off Credit: BT Sport 1 9:43PM They couldn't, could they? Here's hoping... 9:42PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 3 Scenes at Vicarage Road!! Watford 2 - 3 Man Utd (Abdoulaye Doucouré, 84 min) 9:41PM 81 mins United haven't done anything since the goal. Just sat back and defended. 9:37PM Watford 1 Manchester United 3 Perfect penalty! It's Troy Deeney from the spot. Low and straight into the corner. No chance DDG. A lifeline? Nah. 9:36PM 75 mins After Lukaku impresses to find some space by using his strength, he gets a shot away. Up the other end, Watford have a penalty after a daft lunge from Rojo. He chopped down Pereyra, from behind, never in danger of getting the ball. Rojo brings down Pereyra Credit: BT Sport 1 9:34PM 73 mins And Lukaku definitely should have scored it! This is a shocker. Rashford slips it to Lukaku, who has tons of space and time. He dithers rather tragically and panics, losing the moment. 9:33PM 72 mins Rashford with a shot. United doing everything but score that fourth. 9:32PM 71 mins Pogba! A flying header but it's not going in. 9:32PM 70 mins Deeney has come on (Gray off) and nearly gets a chance right away 9:27PM 69 mins Mariappa robs Lukaku (well) and shoots (poorly). 9:26PM 67 mins Rojo has yet to fully convince me for Man United, but he has made some important interventions tonight in his own box. Stops a dangerous Carrillo run and when the ball bounces free a second later, sorts that out as well. 9:25PM 64 mins Martial, who has been exciting, direct and dangerous, is taken off. Rashford on. 9:24PM Z is for Zorro, and Z is for Zorro... and Marvin Zeegelaar of Watford Credit: Getty 9:22PM 63 mins The only things Watford have had going for them have been Hughes, off injured, and Richarlison, who again pops up here at the back stick to go close with a header 9:21PM 62 mins Watford's defending and midfield play has been consistently a day late and a dollar short. You don't mind getting outplayed by a United, but the visitors have been first to the ball, sharper and snappier in their work around the pitch and in the contested zones. Deeply unimpressed by Watford. 9:18PM 56 mins Hughes, who has had a good game, has gone down clutching the back of his leg. He is off. This is very courteous and helpful from a Man Utd social media wonk. 57' - Double change for Watford, as Carrillo and Pereyra replace Prodl and the injured Hughes. #MUFC#WATMUN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 9:15PM 54 mins Matic is coming off, not moving too well. This game is won, so they might as well be cautious. 9:11PM 51 mins Martial breaks, has a chance to play Lukaku in but tarries just a quarter of a second too long. Lukaku eventually fed, fires across goal. Watford have not a clue how to defend a break. 9:10PM 50 mins Corner for Watford. De Gea gets trapped between a couple of Hornets. Rojo comes to his rescue and clears with a wonderful defensive header, running at full tilt. 9:05PM 46 mins Watford come out like they mean business, and there's a decent run from Cleverley down the left. De Gea nabs his cross. 8:51PM Half time: Watford 0 Manchester United 3 A precision beasting. United so dangerous and precise in attack, despite having the minority of the ball. Good luck with that half time team talk, Marco. Perhaps start with "I definitely want to carry on managing you, right, so..." 8:51PM 45 mins Watford's best moment of the match comes right at the end of it. Good Femenia work down the wing, cross, Richarilson with a header and he hits the bar! Unlucky son. That might have made the second half into a contest. As it stands... 8:48PM 44 mins Oh wow, what a save this is. United break and, I haven't seen too much of Watford this season, but if this really is the 8th best team in the League, then the Continentals must be laughing up their sleeves at us, eh Nigel? Watford are about as resilient and well organised as a group overtired toddlers in a sweetshop. Lukaku powers down the centre and crunches a shot at goal. Good save Gomez. And the next one is even better. Magnificent reactions as he gets up off the turf to block from point-blank. Lingard it was following in, I think. 8:41PM 40 mins Martial is tearing Watford apart like he was a hairy Welshman. Mariappa into the book for fouling hi, Another freekick in a decent position. No cigar on this occasion. Hit into the wall. 8:39PM 37 mins A minor blip for United as Rojo is booked for blocking off an opponent. 8:32PM GOAL! Man United at it again! This is a pasting A chastening evening for Premier League flavour of the month Marco Silva, who has to watch his team absolutely gubbed by the XI sent out by his countryman. Marco Silva looks nonplussed Credit: BT Sport 1 United have their third when Lukaku finds Martial, who clips it in with a nice side-footed finish. It's men against boys out there at the moment. Watford opened up there. Gomez didn't have a chance with that one either. He's touched the ball three times, and each time to pick it out of the net! Watford 0 - 3 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 32 min) 8:28PM Young blood It was an incredible free. He got it over the wall and then bent it away viciously. Gomez was correctly positioned, it just did too much. That Young free-kick must be the optimum position to get one: dead-centre, about 28 yards out? What a great strike.— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) November 28, 2017 8:26PM GOAL! Ashley Young again! A blinding freekick Ashley Young hits the freekick Credit: BT Sport 1 Goal: Man Utd ( 25 min ) Pick that one out Credit: BT Sport 1 8:24PM 23 mins Hilarious foul by Doucoure. He has to have three goes but he finally brings down Pogba. Rugby tackle, shirt grab, push, kick combo. It gives United a freekick just outside the D, central. 8:23PM Jobs for the old boys Hodgson, Moyes, Allardyce, Pardew. All handed PL jobs this year (or will be soon), combined age of 243, 18 PL stints between them, 0 major honours. It isn't foreigners holding young British coaches back. It's old lags and a safety first mentality.— Oscillating Wildly (@OscillateWWFC) November 27, 2017 8:22PM 20 mins Young having a good match, releases Martial down the left. Well defended, but at the expense of a corner. 8:20PM GOAL! Ashley Young scores! The former Watford kid has scored a cracker at his old club. Good strength from Lukaku, he holds it up and plays Lingard, who shows great skill and patience to spot and release Young. Young crushes a shot at the near post, he just hit that so quickly after receiving it. Watford 0 - 1 Man Utd (Ashley Young, 19 min) 8:18PM 17 mins United are managing to be outnumbered in midfield and still have no runners up front when they do get the ball. Where is everybody? 8:17PM 16 mins Perhaps it's me, I am very weary today, but hard to get engaged with this game. Crowd are very quiet 8:16PM 14 mins Martial as bright as a button, raging down that left, cutting inside, eventually swamped by sheer numbers. 8:13PM 7 mins Clever move ie cheating from Watford. Corner delivered in, Lindelof is marking Richarlison. SebastienProdl pulls Lindelof's shirt, allowing Richarlison to get free. Might have done more with the header 8:07PM 5 mins Nice ball in from the right looking for Richarlison, who is becoming a real star this season. Lindelof outmuscles him here, though. 8:06PM 4 mins Interesting argument. Television channels don’t know what we want. They’re completely out of touch with real football fans. Brighton v Palace for the first time ever in the Premier League - it’ll be one of the occasions of the PL season - but we get yet another turgid Man Utd game?— Nick Goff (@nickgoff79) November 28, 2017 8:04PM 3 mins You have to go back to 1996 to find the occasion United lost three in a row on the road. Martial kicked on the jaw as he gets his head in. 8:00PM 1 mins United, then. Smalling plays in the middle, Lindelof right, Rojo on the left of their back three. Prodl in the centre for Watford, Mariappa on the right. Lingard making some decent runs, plenty of energy. 7:59PM Back threes for both side? Britos was hurt at the weekend, Prodl comes into the XI. Ten of the 11 are playing their third PL in a row. Rojo into the Man Utd XI. Credit: BT Sport 1 7:56PM Players are out on the pitch Here they come. Ground looks pleasant. Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:47PM Paul Scholes good on Lukaku "I hate seeing him come out of the box, drop back and put his hand up asking for the ball. He is not good enough to do that. Don't worry about the midfield passing the ball, that is not your business. Get in the job and score a goal, that is your job." Lukaku failed to get in the box v Chelsea Credit: BT Sport 1 7:45PM Snood Credit: BT Sport 1 7:37PM Again: exceptional work 7:36PM Mourinho wandering around moodily like a man who has just got to his allotment and found that slugs have been at the greengages. Mourinho at Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:35PM Kick off is at 8pm by the way. I was wondering why wee Paul Scholes was still allowed to be standing on the pitch doing his talking. 7:33PM What a tremendous pair of individuals GT and EJ Credit: PA 7:27PM Best Elton album? Hard to look beyond Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, innit? Honky Chateau a valiant contender though, certainly up there. Madman Across The Water in with a shout. 7:26PM Yes Tom �� | Speaking to @btsport ahead of kick-off, Tom Cleverley discusses #watfordfc's strengths going into tonight's game with @ManUtd. pic.twitter.com/oiSPK7WHwM— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:24PM Shane O'Leary writes I'm sure that a bright, 21st century glow-grab-bag of high wattage reportage like Baron Tyers is going wrangle the Harry & Megan news of the century into this mud stained, plebian plagued, cider fuelled domestic? So, who'd you fancy? I reckon Watford can take Megan, easy. Come on Honky Chateau! 7:22PM Tom Cleverley meets Owen Hargreaves. Nice use of the foreign footballer's terminology there from Tom: "we're in a happy moment." Nice. Adds: "We are happy playing for him at the minute." Also, I have awarded a bonus mark for "the so-called top six." 7:06PM And teams in the old fashioned 'words' format Watford: Gomes, Mariappa, Kabasele, Prodl, Femenia, Doucoure, Cleverley, Zeegelaar, Hughes, Gray, Richarlison. Subs: Janmaat, Deeney, Wague, Carrillo, Capoue, Karnezis, Pereyra. Man Utd: de Gea, Lindelof, Smalling, Rojo, Valencia, Pogba, Matic, Young, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Mata, Ibrahimovic, Rashford, Romero, Ander Herrera, Darmian, McTominay. Referee: Jonathan Moss (County Durham) 7:03PM As for the Hornets �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd: Gomes (GK) (C); Mariappa, Prödl, Kabasele; Femenía, Cleverley, Doucouré, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Wagué, Janmaat, Capoue, Carrillo, Pereyra, Deeney. pic.twitter.com/EdIc6KEZrs— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:02PM So, Zlatan had not outsted Lukaku just yet Rom keeps his place. 7:01PM Here are the teams The team news is in! Here's your #MUFC XI to take on Watford... #WATMUNpic.twitter.com/Ib4RBPywDA— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 6:57PM Laced up Well the banner is up and we're ready to hand out some laces! #watfordfc#ProudHornets ����️‍�� pic.twitter.com/s0wY5Yp4Lx— Proud Hornets (@ProudHornets) November 28, 2017 6:53PM Good evening! Welcome to our live blog of Watford against Man United. Here's a preview. Jose Mourinho believes Marco Silva's Watford are a far better side than the one that gave Manchester United a bloody nose last season. The Red Devils were condemned to their third defeat in a week in September 2016 as late goals from Juan Zuniga and Troy Deeney gave the Hornets a 3-1 win. That period remains the lowest ebb of Mourinho's Old Trafford reign and the United boss is aware just how hard it will be to exact revenge on Tuesday evening. Watford are eighth in the Premier League after their impressive 3-0 win at Newcastle, with manager Silva's fine work leading to admiring glances from rudderless Everton. "Against Watford I was very upset with Watford's first goal after some guy sent (Anthony) Martial to the hospital and the referee let it go," Mourinho said. "That is the reason why I was very, very upset at Watford. I think Watford made also progress. "They have an unusual squad for a mid-table team. "They have a squad full of very good players who are not normal to be in these mid-table teams. They have a good coach. "They have improved a lot from last season too." Mourinho failed to get the better of Silva in their last two meetings, with his Hull side holding United to a goalless draw in the league at Old Trafford just a week after beating them 2-1 in the EFL Cup semi-finals in January - albeit a scoreline that did not prevent the Old Trafford giants from progressing. Zlatan Ibrahimovic starred as the Red Devils went onto triumph at Wembley and is now pushing for his first start since April, having made three substitute appearances after returning from serious knee ligament damage. Marcos Rojo has started the last two matches after being sidelined by a knee issue of his own, although should Phil Jones or Eric Bailly return from injury the Argentina international could be protected. How best to utilise Paul Pogba is another question for Mourinho given the trip to Watford is swiftly followed by a trip to Arsenal on Saturday. The 24-year-old has impressed since returning from a hamstring complaint, completing his first full match in 11 weeks against Brighton. Their returns are bolstered by the continued availability of Romelu Lukaku. Images appeared to show the striker kicking out twice at the Brighton defender Gaetan Bong just before Ashley Young's strike deflected in off Lewis Dunk to secure Mourinho's men a 1-0 win on Saturday. Lukaku was left sweating on FA action as retrospective punishment for violent conduct would incur a three-match ban, ruling him out of the derby clash with Manchester City. However, Press Association Sport understands the striker will face no action from the governing body over the incident. Referee Neil Swarbrick took no action against Lukaku at the time and the incident was confirmed to have been missed by officials at Old Trafford. As a result, a panel of three former elite referees reviewed the footage independently of one another to advise whether they deemed it a sending-off offence. The decision had to be unanimous for a charge to be brought and clearly was not as Lukaku has escaped punishment.
Jose Mourinho has come up with some excuses in his time but explaining Romelu Lukaku’s lack of goals by revealing that his £75 million striker no longer has his own boot endorsement might be the most glorious diversion ever dreamed up by football’s most Machiavellian mind. It was already a strange night’s football by the time that Mourinho came in post-match to analyse a game in which his team had taken a three-goal lead within 31 minutes only almost to throw it all away in the second half when Watford claimed two of their own. This briefly looked like the worst nightmare for a manager whose speciality was once that his teams knew how to shut the door as well as any other, and it took Jesse Lingard to score a brilliant fourth to seal it. In the meantime, United had missed chance after chance, an “open goal” as Mourinho said for Lingard and two good opportunities for Lukaku who was playing in what might only be described as felt-tip Nikes, with the swoosh scribbled out. The outstanding performer had been Ashley Young, back at his first club scoring two first-half goals including a remarkable free-kick for the second, which was greeted by his manager on the bench with a theatrical expression of disbelief. One minute before substitute Troy Deeney scored the first of Watford’s two goals from the penalty spot, Lukaku missed badly, hesitating over his chance and allowing defenders back in between him and the goal. “I think he [Lukaku] needs a big contract with boots because at this moment he doesn’t have a contract with any brand, that’s why he’s playing with black boots,” Mourinho said. “He finished his deal and now he is waiting for the right offer and he is playing in black boots. “I think he needs a brand to give him the right boots and to pay him the right money so he goes back to goals. But jokes apart, he works amazingly well. Amazing player, amazing professional, great condition, great colleague. I couldn’t be happier with him.” Crowd control: Ashley Young celebrates Credit: Getty The United manager said that Nemanja Matic, substituted in the second half, has a “muscular” injury which the club do not yet know the extent of, and it was notable that their problems began when the Serb had left the pitch. Watford’s 77th minute penalty was won by another substitute, Roberto Pereyra, and Watford manager Marco Silva pointed out that it was a foul by Marcos Rojo who was already on a booking. “It was a second yellow card for Rojo,” Silva said, “With eleven against ten it would have been really difficult for them.” There were six of the regulation 90 minutes left when Abdoulaye Doucoure scored a second for Watford from the cross of another substitute, Andre Carillo. In the end, Lingard’s decisive winner was one of the greatest goals he will ever score, running from his own half against a backpedalling Watford defence, zagging through them as he looked for the angle and the range to beat Heurelho Gomes. The Englishman finished beautifully with his right foot having moved to the right in the last few paces and picked his spot. Adrian Mariappa of Watford holds off Anthony Martial of Manchester United Credit: Getty “These teams in mid-table have quality and no pressure,” Mourinho said afterwards. “They don’t feel the pressure teams with other objectives have. They came with everything, they have no problems. They believed with the second goal it would be possible. They gave us a couple of minutes of real pressure, but this is football.” Spoken like a man who really does struggle to feel empathy with other managers. For a while this just seemed like one of those United victories from the days in which they ruled English football: when the opposition were reduced to a pile of rubble by half-time and you could hear a crisp packet blowing across the home end. Against one of the most upwardly mobile teams in the Premier League, Young scored two in 23 minutes. What a peculiar way to behave: Jesse Lingard Credit: AP When Anthony Martial picked off Watford with the third it looked like the home team had embarked with no plan at all, but in the second half they resisted the rout and came back with some goals of their own. “We had chances for 4-0, 5-0, 6-0,” Mourinho said. “We had that in the first half. We finished the first half with a chance from an open goal. We had more in the second half, again and again and we didn’t score. I think they may have had a feeling that it was too easy, they had a feeling that the game was over. They had a feeling that Watford had no conditions to react.” But react they did after conceding two goals from Young, the boy from Stevenage whose career had begun at Watford having originally been rejected by the club as an apprentice. He has fought back from injury to become, against the odds, a key part of this United team, a survivor from the club’s last Premier League winning season of 2012-13. Not over yet: sub Troy Deeney&#39;s penalty sparked an unlikely fightback Credit: AFP The strange thing about Watford’s first half collapse was that for the first 15 minutes they looked solid enough and even asked the occasional question of United. Will Hughes, later injured, roamed behind Andre Gray and probed down the right flank. Young’s first goal was a low half-volley from the right taken quickly after Kiko Femenia, the right wing-back, had lost the ball. It was a strange celebration for his first goal since May 2016, Young appearing to cup his hand to his ear in disdain to the Watford home end which naturally resulted in an angry response. His issue with them was not clear given that his name had been cheered by a few of the home fans when it was read out at the start. Watford vs Man Utd shots on goal It was Doucoure who chased down Paul Pogba on 22 minutes and brought the United man down. Mourinho said he expected Pogba to take the free-kick but Young beat Gomes with fade and power. Just after the half hour Lukaku threaded a pass through to Martial who finished well. That should have been it but Deeney scored from the penalty spot and then Doucoure struck Carillo’s cross first time for the second. This was United’s first away league win since Sept 23, and although it ended with that glorious goal from Lingard it was another night when they almost let themselves down. 9:54PM Full time: Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Eighth time this United have scored four this term. The game seemed absolutely over at 0-3 after 75 minutes, then Rojo gave away a penalty. Watford scored that, and then another, and then just as people were thinking &quot;they couldn&#39;t, could they?&quot; the answer was delivered by Jesse Lingard: &quot;no. no they could not.&quot; He scored a special, special individual goal for the fourth. Ashley Young, though, was the key man: he scored two attractive goals in the first half. United look very good. Certainly very good for a side FIVE points behind the leaders having played a game more. Match report and reaction to follow. Mourinho: &quot;At three nil we should have been smoking cigar. But then we were back in trouble.&quot; 9:48PM 88 mins Lingard immediately subbed off. Zlatan the man who comes on. Watford still plugging away, here&#39;s Richarlison getting to the byline, firing at goal from a very narrow angle. Corner. 9:44PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Jesse Lingard has scored an incredible solo effort. What a run. He breaks on his own, the Watford defence parts like the red sea. Anyone want to maybe try and get a challenge in? Credit: BT Sport 1 Nice confident finish as well by the way. Watford 2 - 4 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 86 min) Lingard finishes it off Credit: BT Sport 1 9:43PM They couldn&#39;t, could they? Here&#39;s hoping... 9:42PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 3 Scenes at Vicarage Road!! Watford 2 - 3 Man Utd (Abdoulaye Doucouré, 84 min) 9:41PM 81 mins United haven&#39;t done anything since the goal. Just sat back and defended. 9:37PM Watford 1 Manchester United 3 Perfect penalty! It&#39;s Troy Deeney from the spot. Low and straight into the corner. No chance DDG. A lifeline? Nah. 9:36PM 75 mins After Lukaku impresses to find some space by using his strength, he gets a shot away. Up the other end, Watford have a penalty after a daft lunge from Rojo. He chopped down Pereyra, from behind, never in danger of getting the ball. Rojo brings down Pereyra Credit: BT Sport 1 9:34PM 73 mins And Lukaku definitely should have scored it! This is a shocker. Rashford slips it to Lukaku, who has tons of space and time. He dithers rather tragically and panics, losing the moment. 9:33PM 72 mins Rashford with a shot. United doing everything but score that fourth. 9:32PM 71 mins Pogba! A flying header but it&#39;s not going in. 9:32PM 70 mins Deeney has come on (Gray off) and nearly gets a chance right away 9:27PM 69 mins Mariappa robs Lukaku (well) and shoots (poorly). 9:26PM 67 mins Rojo has yet to fully convince me for Man United, but he has made some important interventions tonight in his own box. Stops a dangerous Carrillo run and when the ball bounces free a second later, sorts that out as well. 9:25PM 64 mins Martial, who has been exciting, direct and dangerous, is taken off. Rashford on. 9:24PM Z is for Zorro, and Z is for Zorro... and Marvin Zeegelaar of Watford Credit: Getty 9:22PM 63 mins The only things Watford have had going for them have been Hughes, off injured, and Richarlison, who again pops up here at the back stick to go close with a header 9:21PM 62 mins Watford&#39;s defending and midfield play has been consistently a day late and a dollar short. You don&#39;t mind getting outplayed by a United, but the visitors have been first to the ball, sharper and snappier in their work around the pitch and in the contested zones. Deeply unimpressed by Watford. 9:18PM 56 mins Hughes, who has had a good game, has gone down clutching the back of his leg. He is off. This is very courteous and helpful from a Man Utd social media wonk. 57&#39; - Double change for Watford, as Carrillo and Pereyra replace Prodl and the injured Hughes. #MUFC#WATMUN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 9:15PM 54 mins Matic is coming off, not moving too well. This game is won, so they might as well be cautious. 9:11PM 51 mins Martial breaks, has a chance to play Lukaku in but tarries just a quarter of a second too long. Lukaku eventually fed, fires across goal. Watford have not a clue how to defend a break. 9:10PM 50 mins Corner for Watford. De Gea gets trapped between a couple of Hornets. Rojo comes to his rescue and clears with a wonderful defensive header, running at full tilt. 9:05PM 46 mins Watford come out like they mean business, and there&#39;s a decent run from Cleverley down the left. De Gea nabs his cross. 8:51PM Half time: Watford 0 Manchester United 3 A precision beasting. United so dangerous and precise in attack, despite having the minority of the ball. Good luck with that half time team talk, Marco. Perhaps start with &quot;I definitely want to carry on managing you, right, so...&quot; 8:51PM 45 mins Watford&#39;s best moment of the match comes right at the end of it. Good Femenia work down the wing, cross, Richarilson with a header and he hits the bar! Unlucky son. That might have made the second half into a contest. As it stands... 8:48PM 44 mins Oh wow, what a save this is. United break and, I haven&#39;t seen too much of Watford this season, but if this really is the 8th best team in the League, then the Continentals must be laughing up their sleeves at us, eh Nigel? Watford are about as resilient and well organised as a group overtired toddlers in a sweetshop. Lukaku powers down the centre and crunches a shot at goal. Good save Gomez. And the next one is even better. Magnificent reactions as he gets up off the turf to block from point-blank. Lingard it was following in, I think. 8:41PM 40 mins Martial is tearing Watford apart like he was a hairy Welshman. Mariappa into the book for fouling hi, Another freekick in a decent position. No cigar on this occasion. Hit into the wall. 8:39PM 37 mins A minor blip for United as Rojo is booked for blocking off an opponent. 8:32PM GOAL! Man United at it again! This is a pasting A chastening evening for Premier League flavour of the month Marco Silva, who has to watch his team absolutely gubbed by the XI sent out by his countryman. Marco Silva looks nonplussed Credit: BT Sport 1 United have their third when Lukaku finds Martial, who clips it in with a nice side-footed finish. It&#39;s men against boys out there at the moment. Watford opened up there. Gomez didn&#39;t have a chance with that one either. He&#39;s touched the ball three times, and each time to pick it out of the net! Watford 0 - 3 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 32 min) 8:28PM Young blood It was an incredible free. He got it over the wall and then bent it away viciously. Gomez was correctly positioned, it just did too much. That Young free-kick must be the optimum position to get one: dead-centre, about 28 yards out? What a great strike.— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) November 28, 2017 8:26PM GOAL! Ashley Young again! A blinding freekick Ashley Young hits the freekick Credit: BT Sport 1 Goal: Man Utd ( 25 min ) Pick that one out Credit: BT Sport 1 8:24PM 23 mins Hilarious foul by Doucoure. He has to have three goes but he finally brings down Pogba. Rugby tackle, shirt grab, push, kick combo. It gives United a freekick just outside the D, central. 8:23PM Jobs for the old boys Hodgson, Moyes, Allardyce, Pardew. All handed PL jobs this year (or will be soon), combined age of 243, 18 PL stints between them, 0 major honours. It isn&#39;t foreigners holding young British coaches back. It&#39;s old lags and a safety first mentality.— Oscillating Wildly (@OscillateWWFC) November 27, 2017 8:22PM 20 mins Young having a good match, releases Martial down the left. Well defended, but at the expense of a corner. 8:20PM GOAL! Ashley Young scores! The former Watford kid has scored a cracker at his old club. Good strength from Lukaku, he holds it up and plays Lingard, who shows great skill and patience to spot and release Young. Young crushes a shot at the near post, he just hit that so quickly after receiving it. Watford 0 - 1 Man Utd (Ashley Young, 19 min) 8:18PM 17 mins United are managing to be outnumbered in midfield and still have no runners up front when they do get the ball. Where is everybody? 8:17PM 16 mins Perhaps it&#39;s me, I am very weary today, but hard to get engaged with this game. Crowd are very quiet 8:16PM 14 mins Martial as bright as a button, raging down that left, cutting inside, eventually swamped by sheer numbers. 8:13PM 7 mins Clever move ie cheating from Watford. Corner delivered in, Lindelof is marking Richarlison. SebastienProdl pulls Lindelof&#39;s shirt, allowing Richarlison to get free. Might have done more with the header 8:07PM 5 mins Nice ball in from the right looking for Richarlison, who is becoming a real star this season. Lindelof outmuscles him here, though. 8:06PM 4 mins Interesting argument. Television channels don’t know what we want. They’re completely out of touch with real football fans. Brighton v Palace for the first time ever in the Premier League - it’ll be one of the occasions of the PL season - but we get yet another turgid Man Utd game?— Nick Goff (@nickgoff79) November 28, 2017 8:04PM 3 mins You have to go back to 1996 to find the occasion United lost three in a row on the road. Martial kicked on the jaw as he gets his head in. 8:00PM 1 mins United, then. Smalling plays in the middle, Lindelof right, Rojo on the left of their back three. Prodl in the centre for Watford, Mariappa on the right. Lingard making some decent runs, plenty of energy. 7:59PM Back threes for both side? Britos was hurt at the weekend, Prodl comes into the XI. Ten of the 11 are playing their third PL in a row. Rojo into the Man Utd XI. Credit: BT Sport 1 7:56PM Players are out on the pitch Here they come. Ground looks pleasant. Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:47PM Paul Scholes good on Lukaku &quot;I hate seeing him come out of the box, drop back and put his hand up asking for the ball. He is not good enough to do that. Don&#39;t worry about the midfield passing the ball, that is not your business. Get in the job and score a goal, that is your job.&quot; Lukaku failed to get in the box v Chelsea Credit: BT Sport 1 7:45PM Snood Credit: BT Sport 1 7:37PM Again: exceptional work 7:36PM Mourinho wandering around moodily like a man who has just got to his allotment and found that slugs have been at the greengages. Mourinho at Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:35PM Kick off is at 8pm by the way. I was wondering why wee Paul Scholes was still allowed to be standing on the pitch doing his talking. 7:33PM What a tremendous pair of individuals GT and EJ Credit: PA 7:27PM Best Elton album? Hard to look beyond Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, innit? Honky Chateau a valiant contender though, certainly up there. Madman Across The Water in with a shout. 7:26PM Yes Tom �� | Speaking to @btsport ahead of kick-off, Tom Cleverley discusses #watfordfc&#39;s strengths going into tonight&#39;s game with @ManUtd. pic.twitter.com/oiSPK7WHwM— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:24PM Shane O&#39;Leary writes I&#39;m sure that a bright, 21st century glow-grab-bag of high wattage reportage like Baron Tyers is going wrangle the Harry & Megan news of the century into this mud stained, plebian plagued, cider fuelled domestic? So, who&#39;d you fancy? I reckon Watford can take Megan, easy. Come on Honky Chateau! 7:22PM Tom Cleverley meets Owen Hargreaves. Nice use of the foreign footballer&#39;s terminology there from Tom: &quot;we&#39;re in a happy moment.&quot; Nice. Adds: &quot;We are happy playing for him at the minute.&quot; Also, I have awarded a bonus mark for &quot;the so-called top six.&quot; 7:06PM And teams in the old fashioned &#39;words&#39; format Watford: Gomes, Mariappa, Kabasele, Prodl, Femenia, Doucoure, Cleverley, Zeegelaar, Hughes, Gray, Richarlison. Subs: Janmaat, Deeney, Wague, Carrillo, Capoue, Karnezis, Pereyra. Man Utd: de Gea, Lindelof, Smalling, Rojo, Valencia, Pogba, Matic, Young, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Mata, Ibrahimovic, Rashford, Romero, Ander Herrera, Darmian, McTominay. Referee: Jonathan Moss (County Durham) 7:03PM As for the Hornets �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd: Gomes (GK) (C); Mariappa, Prödl, Kabasele; Femenía, Cleverley, Doucouré, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Wagué, Janmaat, Capoue, Carrillo, Pereyra, Deeney. pic.twitter.com/EdIc6KEZrs— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:02PM So, Zlatan had not outsted Lukaku just yet Rom keeps his place. 7:01PM Here are the teams The team news is in! Here&#39;s your #MUFC XI to take on Watford... #WATMUNpic.twitter.com/Ib4RBPywDA— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 6:57PM Laced up Well the banner is up and we&#39;re ready to hand out some laces! #watfordfc#ProudHornets ����️‍�� pic.twitter.com/s0wY5Yp4Lx— Proud Hornets (@ProudHornets) November 28, 2017 6:53PM Good evening! Welcome to our live blog of Watford against Man United. Here&#39;s a preview. Jose Mourinho believes Marco Silva&#39;s Watford are a far better side than the one that gave Manchester United a bloody nose last season. The Red Devils were condemned to their third defeat in a week in September 2016 as late goals from Juan Zuniga and Troy Deeney gave the Hornets a 3-1 win. That period remains the lowest ebb of Mourinho&#39;s Old Trafford reign and the United boss is aware just how hard it will be to exact revenge on Tuesday evening. Watford are eighth in the Premier League after their impressive 3-0 win at Newcastle, with manager Silva&#39;s fine work leading to admiring glances from rudderless Everton. &quot;Against Watford I was very upset with Watford&#39;s first goal after some guy sent (Anthony) Martial to the hospital and the referee let it go,&quot; Mourinho said. &quot;That is the reason why I was very, very upset at Watford. I think Watford made also progress. &quot;They have an unusual squad for a mid-table team. &quot;They have a squad full of very good players who are not normal to be in these mid-table teams. They have a good coach. &quot;They have improved a lot from last season too.&quot; Mourinho failed to get the better of Silva in their last two meetings, with his Hull side holding United to a goalless draw in the league at Old Trafford just a week after beating them 2-1 in the EFL Cup semi-finals in January - albeit a scoreline that did not prevent the Old Trafford giants from progressing. Zlatan Ibrahimovic starred as the Red Devils went onto triumph at Wembley and is now pushing for his first start since April, having made three substitute appearances after returning from serious knee ligament damage. Marcos Rojo has started the last two matches after being sidelined by a knee issue of his own, although should Phil Jones or Eric Bailly return from injury the Argentina international could be protected. How best to utilise Paul Pogba is another question for Mourinho given the trip to Watford is swiftly followed by a trip to Arsenal on Saturday. The 24-year-old has impressed since returning from a hamstring complaint, completing his first full match in 11 weeks against Brighton. Their returns are bolstered by the continued availability of Romelu Lukaku. Images appeared to show the striker kicking out twice at the Brighton defender Gaetan Bong just before Ashley Young&#39;s strike deflected in off Lewis Dunk to secure Mourinho&#39;s men a 1-0 win on Saturday. Lukaku was left sweating on FA action as retrospective punishment for violent conduct would incur a three-match ban, ruling him out of the derby clash with Manchester City. However, Press Association Sport understands the striker will face no action from the governing body over the incident. Referee Neil Swarbrick took no action against Lukaku at the time and the incident was confirmed to have been missed by officials at Old Trafford. As a result, a panel of three former elite referees reviewed the footage independently of one another to advise whether they deemed it a sending-off offence. The decision had to be unanimous for a charge to be brought and clearly was not as Lukaku has escaped punishment.
Watford 2 Manchester United 4: Ashley Young scores brace and Jesse Lingard adds late solo treat
Jose Mourinho has come up with some excuses in his time but explaining Romelu Lukaku’s lack of goals by revealing that his £75 million striker no longer has his own boot endorsement might be the most glorious diversion ever dreamed up by football’s most Machiavellian mind. It was already a strange night’s football by the time that Mourinho came in post-match to analyse a game in which his team had taken a three-goal lead within 31 minutes only almost to throw it all away in the second half when Watford claimed two of their own. This briefly looked like the worst nightmare for a manager whose speciality was once that his teams knew how to shut the door as well as any other, and it took Jesse Lingard to score a brilliant fourth to seal it. In the meantime, United had missed chance after chance, an “open goal” as Mourinho said for Lingard and two good opportunities for Lukaku who was playing in what might only be described as felt-tip Nikes, with the swoosh scribbled out. The outstanding performer had been Ashley Young, back at his first club scoring two first-half goals including a remarkable free-kick for the second, which was greeted by his manager on the bench with a theatrical expression of disbelief. One minute before substitute Troy Deeney scored the first of Watford’s two goals from the penalty spot, Lukaku missed badly, hesitating over his chance and allowing defenders back in between him and the goal. “I think he [Lukaku] needs a big contract with boots because at this moment he doesn’t have a contract with any brand, that’s why he’s playing with black boots,” Mourinho said. “He finished his deal and now he is waiting for the right offer and he is playing in black boots. “I think he needs a brand to give him the right boots and to pay him the right money so he goes back to goals. But jokes apart, he works amazingly well. Amazing player, amazing professional, great condition, great colleague. I couldn’t be happier with him.” Crowd control: Ashley Young celebrates Credit: Getty The United manager said that Nemanja Matic, substituted in the second half, has a “muscular” injury which the club do not yet know the extent of, and it was notable that their problems began when the Serb had left the pitch. Watford’s 77th minute penalty was won by another substitute, Roberto Pereyra, and Watford manager Marco Silva pointed out that it was a foul by Marcos Rojo who was already on a booking. “It was a second yellow card for Rojo,” Silva said, “With eleven against ten it would have been really difficult for them.” There were six of the regulation 90 minutes left when Abdoulaye Doucoure scored a second for Watford from the cross of another substitute, Andre Carillo. In the end, Lingard’s decisive winner was one of the greatest goals he will ever score, running from his own half against a backpedalling Watford defence, zagging through them as he looked for the angle and the range to beat Heurelho Gomes. The Englishman finished beautifully with his right foot having moved to the right in the last few paces and picked his spot. Adrian Mariappa of Watford holds off Anthony Martial of Manchester United Credit: Getty “These teams in mid-table have quality and no pressure,” Mourinho said afterwards. “They don’t feel the pressure teams with other objectives have. They came with everything, they have no problems. They believed with the second goal it would be possible. They gave us a couple of minutes of real pressure, but this is football.” Spoken like a man who really does struggle to feel empathy with other managers. For a while this just seemed like one of those United victories from the days in which they ruled English football: when the opposition were reduced to a pile of rubble by half-time and you could hear a crisp packet blowing across the home end. Against one of the most upwardly mobile teams in the Premier League, Young scored two in 23 minutes. What a peculiar way to behave: Jesse Lingard Credit: AP When Anthony Martial picked off Watford with the third it looked like the home team had embarked with no plan at all, but in the second half they resisted the rout and came back with some goals of their own. “We had chances for 4-0, 5-0, 6-0,” Mourinho said. “We had that in the first half. We finished the first half with a chance from an open goal. We had more in the second half, again and again and we didn’t score. I think they may have had a feeling that it was too easy, they had a feeling that the game was over. They had a feeling that Watford had no conditions to react.” But react they did after conceding two goals from Young, the boy from Stevenage whose career had begun at Watford having originally been rejected by the club as an apprentice. He has fought back from injury to become, against the odds, a key part of this United team, a survivor from the club’s last Premier League winning season of 2012-13. Not over yet: sub Troy Deeney's penalty sparked an unlikely fightback Credit: AFP The strange thing about Watford’s first half collapse was that for the first 15 minutes they looked solid enough and even asked the occasional question of United. Will Hughes, later injured, roamed behind Andre Gray and probed down the right flank. Young’s first goal was a low half-volley from the right taken quickly after Kiko Femenia, the right wing-back, had lost the ball. It was a strange celebration for his first goal since May 2016, Young appearing to cup his hand to his ear in disdain to the Watford home end which naturally resulted in an angry response. His issue with them was not clear given that his name had been cheered by a few of the home fans when it was read out at the start. Watford vs Man Utd shots on goal It was Doucoure who chased down Paul Pogba on 22 minutes and brought the United man down. Mourinho said he expected Pogba to take the free-kick but Young beat Gomes with fade and power. Just after the half hour Lukaku threaded a pass through to Martial who finished well. That should have been it but Deeney scored from the penalty spot and then Doucoure struck Carillo’s cross first time for the second. This was United’s first away league win since Sept 23, and although it ended with that glorious goal from Lingard it was another night when they almost let themselves down. 9:54PM Full time: Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Eighth time this United have scored four this term. The game seemed absolutely over at 0-3 after 75 minutes, then Rojo gave away a penalty. Watford scored that, and then another, and then just as people were thinking "they couldn't, could they?" the answer was delivered by Jesse Lingard: "no. no they could not." He scored a special, special individual goal for the fourth. Ashley Young, though, was the key man: he scored two attractive goals in the first half. United look very good. Certainly very good for a side FIVE points behind the leaders having played a game more. Match report and reaction to follow. Mourinho: "At three nil we should have been smoking cigar. But then we were back in trouble." 9:48PM 88 mins Lingard immediately subbed off. Zlatan the man who comes on. Watford still plugging away, here's Richarlison getting to the byline, firing at goal from a very narrow angle. Corner. 9:44PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Jesse Lingard has scored an incredible solo effort. What a run. He breaks on his own, the Watford defence parts like the red sea. Anyone want to maybe try and get a challenge in? Credit: BT Sport 1 Nice confident finish as well by the way. Watford 2 - 4 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 86 min) Lingard finishes it off Credit: BT Sport 1 9:43PM They couldn't, could they? Here's hoping... 9:42PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 3 Scenes at Vicarage Road!! Watford 2 - 3 Man Utd (Abdoulaye Doucouré, 84 min) 9:41PM 81 mins United haven't done anything since the goal. Just sat back and defended. 9:37PM Watford 1 Manchester United 3 Perfect penalty! It's Troy Deeney from the spot. Low and straight into the corner. No chance DDG. A lifeline? Nah. 9:36PM 75 mins After Lukaku impresses to find some space by using his strength, he gets a shot away. Up the other end, Watford have a penalty after a daft lunge from Rojo. He chopped down Pereyra, from behind, never in danger of getting the ball. Rojo brings down Pereyra Credit: BT Sport 1 9:34PM 73 mins And Lukaku definitely should have scored it! This is a shocker. Rashford slips it to Lukaku, who has tons of space and time. He dithers rather tragically and panics, losing the moment. 9:33PM 72 mins Rashford with a shot. United doing everything but score that fourth. 9:32PM 71 mins Pogba! A flying header but it's not going in. 9:32PM 70 mins Deeney has come on (Gray off) and nearly gets a chance right away 9:27PM 69 mins Mariappa robs Lukaku (well) and shoots (poorly). 9:26PM 67 mins Rojo has yet to fully convince me for Man United, but he has made some important interventions tonight in his own box. Stops a dangerous Carrillo run and when the ball bounces free a second later, sorts that out as well. 9:25PM 64 mins Martial, who has been exciting, direct and dangerous, is taken off. Rashford on. 9:24PM Z is for Zorro, and Z is for Zorro... and Marvin Zeegelaar of Watford Credit: Getty 9:22PM 63 mins The only things Watford have had going for them have been Hughes, off injured, and Richarlison, who again pops up here at the back stick to go close with a header 9:21PM 62 mins Watford's defending and midfield play has been consistently a day late and a dollar short. You don't mind getting outplayed by a United, but the visitors have been first to the ball, sharper and snappier in their work around the pitch and in the contested zones. Deeply unimpressed by Watford. 9:18PM 56 mins Hughes, who has had a good game, has gone down clutching the back of his leg. He is off. This is very courteous and helpful from a Man Utd social media wonk. 57' - Double change for Watford, as Carrillo and Pereyra replace Prodl and the injured Hughes. #MUFC#WATMUN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 9:15PM 54 mins Matic is coming off, not moving too well. This game is won, so they might as well be cautious. 9:11PM 51 mins Martial breaks, has a chance to play Lukaku in but tarries just a quarter of a second too long. Lukaku eventually fed, fires across goal. Watford have not a clue how to defend a break. 9:10PM 50 mins Corner for Watford. De Gea gets trapped between a couple of Hornets. Rojo comes to his rescue and clears with a wonderful defensive header, running at full tilt. 9:05PM 46 mins Watford come out like they mean business, and there's a decent run from Cleverley down the left. De Gea nabs his cross. 8:51PM Half time: Watford 0 Manchester United 3 A precision beasting. United so dangerous and precise in attack, despite having the minority of the ball. Good luck with that half time team talk, Marco. Perhaps start with "I definitely want to carry on managing you, right, so..." 8:51PM 45 mins Watford's best moment of the match comes right at the end of it. Good Femenia work down the wing, cross, Richarilson with a header and he hits the bar! Unlucky son. That might have made the second half into a contest. As it stands... 8:48PM 44 mins Oh wow, what a save this is. United break and, I haven't seen too much of Watford this season, but if this really is the 8th best team in the League, then the Continentals must be laughing up their sleeves at us, eh Nigel? Watford are about as resilient and well organised as a group overtired toddlers in a sweetshop. Lukaku powers down the centre and crunches a shot at goal. Good save Gomez. And the next one is even better. Magnificent reactions as he gets up off the turf to block from point-blank. Lingard it was following in, I think. 8:41PM 40 mins Martial is tearing Watford apart like he was a hairy Welshman. Mariappa into the book for fouling hi, Another freekick in a decent position. No cigar on this occasion. Hit into the wall. 8:39PM 37 mins A minor blip for United as Rojo is booked for blocking off an opponent. 8:32PM GOAL! Man United at it again! This is a pasting A chastening evening for Premier League flavour of the month Marco Silva, who has to watch his team absolutely gubbed by the XI sent out by his countryman. Marco Silva looks nonplussed Credit: BT Sport 1 United have their third when Lukaku finds Martial, who clips it in with a nice side-footed finish. It's men against boys out there at the moment. Watford opened up there. Gomez didn't have a chance with that one either. He's touched the ball three times, and each time to pick it out of the net! Watford 0 - 3 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 32 min) 8:28PM Young blood It was an incredible free. He got it over the wall and then bent it away viciously. Gomez was correctly positioned, it just did too much. That Young free-kick must be the optimum position to get one: dead-centre, about 28 yards out? What a great strike.— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) November 28, 2017 8:26PM GOAL! Ashley Young again! A blinding freekick Ashley Young hits the freekick Credit: BT Sport 1 Goal: Man Utd ( 25 min ) Pick that one out Credit: BT Sport 1 8:24PM 23 mins Hilarious foul by Doucoure. He has to have three goes but he finally brings down Pogba. Rugby tackle, shirt grab, push, kick combo. It gives United a freekick just outside the D, central. 8:23PM Jobs for the old boys Hodgson, Moyes, Allardyce, Pardew. All handed PL jobs this year (or will be soon), combined age of 243, 18 PL stints between them, 0 major honours. It isn't foreigners holding young British coaches back. It's old lags and a safety first mentality.— Oscillating Wildly (@OscillateWWFC) November 27, 2017 8:22PM 20 mins Young having a good match, releases Martial down the left. Well defended, but at the expense of a corner. 8:20PM GOAL! Ashley Young scores! The former Watford kid has scored a cracker at his old club. Good strength from Lukaku, he holds it up and plays Lingard, who shows great skill and patience to spot and release Young. Young crushes a shot at the near post, he just hit that so quickly after receiving it. Watford 0 - 1 Man Utd (Ashley Young, 19 min) 8:18PM 17 mins United are managing to be outnumbered in midfield and still have no runners up front when they do get the ball. Where is everybody? 8:17PM 16 mins Perhaps it's me, I am very weary today, but hard to get engaged with this game. Crowd are very quiet 8:16PM 14 mins Martial as bright as a button, raging down that left, cutting inside, eventually swamped by sheer numbers. 8:13PM 7 mins Clever move ie cheating from Watford. Corner delivered in, Lindelof is marking Richarlison. SebastienProdl pulls Lindelof's shirt, allowing Richarlison to get free. Might have done more with the header 8:07PM 5 mins Nice ball in from the right looking for Richarlison, who is becoming a real star this season. Lindelof outmuscles him here, though. 8:06PM 4 mins Interesting argument. Television channels don’t know what we want. They’re completely out of touch with real football fans. Brighton v Palace for the first time ever in the Premier League - it’ll be one of the occasions of the PL season - but we get yet another turgid Man Utd game?— Nick Goff (@nickgoff79) November 28, 2017 8:04PM 3 mins You have to go back to 1996 to find the occasion United lost three in a row on the road. Martial kicked on the jaw as he gets his head in. 8:00PM 1 mins United, then. Smalling plays in the middle, Lindelof right, Rojo on the left of their back three. Prodl in the centre for Watford, Mariappa on the right. Lingard making some decent runs, plenty of energy. 7:59PM Back threes for both side? Britos was hurt at the weekend, Prodl comes into the XI. Ten of the 11 are playing their third PL in a row. Rojo into the Man Utd XI. Credit: BT Sport 1 7:56PM Players are out on the pitch Here they come. Ground looks pleasant. Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:47PM Paul Scholes good on Lukaku "I hate seeing him come out of the box, drop back and put his hand up asking for the ball. He is not good enough to do that. Don't worry about the midfield passing the ball, that is not your business. Get in the job and score a goal, that is your job." Lukaku failed to get in the box v Chelsea Credit: BT Sport 1 7:45PM Snood Credit: BT Sport 1 7:37PM Again: exceptional work 7:36PM Mourinho wandering around moodily like a man who has just got to his allotment and found that slugs have been at the greengages. Mourinho at Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:35PM Kick off is at 8pm by the way. I was wondering why wee Paul Scholes was still allowed to be standing on the pitch doing his talking. 7:33PM What a tremendous pair of individuals GT and EJ Credit: PA 7:27PM Best Elton album? Hard to look beyond Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, innit? Honky Chateau a valiant contender though, certainly up there. Madman Across The Water in with a shout. 7:26PM Yes Tom �� | Speaking to @btsport ahead of kick-off, Tom Cleverley discusses #watfordfc's strengths going into tonight's game with @ManUtd. pic.twitter.com/oiSPK7WHwM— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:24PM Shane O'Leary writes I'm sure that a bright, 21st century glow-grab-bag of high wattage reportage like Baron Tyers is going wrangle the Harry & Megan news of the century into this mud stained, plebian plagued, cider fuelled domestic? So, who'd you fancy? I reckon Watford can take Megan, easy. Come on Honky Chateau! 7:22PM Tom Cleverley meets Owen Hargreaves. Nice use of the foreign footballer's terminology there from Tom: "we're in a happy moment." Nice. Adds: "We are happy playing for him at the minute." Also, I have awarded a bonus mark for "the so-called top six." 7:06PM And teams in the old fashioned 'words' format Watford: Gomes, Mariappa, Kabasele, Prodl, Femenia, Doucoure, Cleverley, Zeegelaar, Hughes, Gray, Richarlison. Subs: Janmaat, Deeney, Wague, Carrillo, Capoue, Karnezis, Pereyra. Man Utd: de Gea, Lindelof, Smalling, Rojo, Valencia, Pogba, Matic, Young, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Mata, Ibrahimovic, Rashford, Romero, Ander Herrera, Darmian, McTominay. Referee: Jonathan Moss (County Durham) 7:03PM As for the Hornets �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd: Gomes (GK) (C); Mariappa, Prödl, Kabasele; Femenía, Cleverley, Doucouré, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Wagué, Janmaat, Capoue, Carrillo, Pereyra, Deeney. pic.twitter.com/EdIc6KEZrs— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:02PM So, Zlatan had not outsted Lukaku just yet Rom keeps his place. 7:01PM Here are the teams The team news is in! Here's your #MUFC XI to take on Watford... #WATMUNpic.twitter.com/Ib4RBPywDA— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 6:57PM Laced up Well the banner is up and we're ready to hand out some laces! #watfordfc#ProudHornets ����️‍�� pic.twitter.com/s0wY5Yp4Lx— Proud Hornets (@ProudHornets) November 28, 2017 6:53PM Good evening! Welcome to our live blog of Watford against Man United. Here's a preview. Jose Mourinho believes Marco Silva's Watford are a far better side than the one that gave Manchester United a bloody nose last season. The Red Devils were condemned to their third defeat in a week in September 2016 as late goals from Juan Zuniga and Troy Deeney gave the Hornets a 3-1 win. That period remains the lowest ebb of Mourinho's Old Trafford reign and the United boss is aware just how hard it will be to exact revenge on Tuesday evening. Watford are eighth in the Premier League after their impressive 3-0 win at Newcastle, with manager Silva's fine work leading to admiring glances from rudderless Everton. "Against Watford I was very upset with Watford's first goal after some guy sent (Anthony) Martial to the hospital and the referee let it go," Mourinho said. "That is the reason why I was very, very upset at Watford. I think Watford made also progress. "They have an unusual squad for a mid-table team. "They have a squad full of very good players who are not normal to be in these mid-table teams. They have a good coach. "They have improved a lot from last season too." Mourinho failed to get the better of Silva in their last two meetings, with his Hull side holding United to a goalless draw in the league at Old Trafford just a week after beating them 2-1 in the EFL Cup semi-finals in January - albeit a scoreline that did not prevent the Old Trafford giants from progressing. Zlatan Ibrahimovic starred as the Red Devils went onto triumph at Wembley and is now pushing for his first start since April, having made three substitute appearances after returning from serious knee ligament damage. Marcos Rojo has started the last two matches after being sidelined by a knee issue of his own, although should Phil Jones or Eric Bailly return from injury the Argentina international could be protected. How best to utilise Paul Pogba is another question for Mourinho given the trip to Watford is swiftly followed by a trip to Arsenal on Saturday. The 24-year-old has impressed since returning from a hamstring complaint, completing his first full match in 11 weeks against Brighton. Their returns are bolstered by the continued availability of Romelu Lukaku. Images appeared to show the striker kicking out twice at the Brighton defender Gaetan Bong just before Ashley Young's strike deflected in off Lewis Dunk to secure Mourinho's men a 1-0 win on Saturday. Lukaku was left sweating on FA action as retrospective punishment for violent conduct would incur a three-match ban, ruling him out of the derby clash with Manchester City. However, Press Association Sport understands the striker will face no action from the governing body over the incident. Referee Neil Swarbrick took no action against Lukaku at the time and the incident was confirmed to have been missed by officials at Old Trafford. As a result, a panel of three former elite referees reviewed the footage independently of one another to advise whether they deemed it a sending-off offence. The decision had to be unanimous for a charge to be brought and clearly was not as Lukaku has escaped punishment.
Jose Mourinho has come up with some excuses in his time but explaining Romelu Lukaku’s lack of goals by revealing that his £75 million striker no longer has his own boot endorsement might be the most glorious diversion ever dreamed up by football’s most Machiavellian mind. It was already a strange night’s football by the time that Mourinho came in post-match to analyse a game in which his team had taken a three-goal lead within 31 minutes only almost to throw it all away in the second half when Watford claimed two of their own. This briefly looked like the worst nightmare for a manager whose speciality was once that his teams knew how to shut the door as well as any other, and it took Jesse Lingard to score a brilliant fourth to seal it. In the meantime, United had missed chance after chance, an “open goal” as Mourinho said for Lingard and two good opportunities for Lukaku who was playing in what might only be described as felt-tip Nikes, with the swoosh scribbled out. The outstanding performer had been Ashley Young, back at his first club scoring two first-half goals including a remarkable free-kick for the second, which was greeted by his manager on the bench with a theatrical expression of disbelief. One minute before substitute Troy Deeney scored the first of Watford’s two goals from the penalty spot, Lukaku missed badly, hesitating over his chance and allowing defenders back in between him and the goal. “I think he [Lukaku] needs a big contract with boots because at this moment he doesn’t have a contract with any brand, that’s why he’s playing with black boots,” Mourinho said. “He finished his deal and now he is waiting for the right offer and he is playing in black boots. “I think he needs a brand to give him the right boots and to pay him the right money so he goes back to goals. But jokes apart, he works amazingly well. Amazing player, amazing professional, great condition, great colleague. I couldn’t be happier with him.” Crowd control: Ashley Young celebrates Credit: Getty The United manager said that Nemanja Matic, substituted in the second half, has a “muscular” injury which the club do not yet know the extent of, and it was notable that their problems began when the Serb had left the pitch. Watford’s 77th minute penalty was won by another substitute, Roberto Pereyra, and Watford manager Marco Silva pointed out that it was a foul by Marcos Rojo who was already on a booking. “It was a second yellow card for Rojo,” Silva said, “With eleven against ten it would have been really difficult for them.” There were six of the regulation 90 minutes left when Abdoulaye Doucoure scored a second for Watford from the cross of another substitute, Andre Carillo. In the end, Lingard’s decisive winner was one of the greatest goals he will ever score, running from his own half against a backpedalling Watford defence, zagging through them as he looked for the angle and the range to beat Heurelho Gomes. The Englishman finished beautifully with his right foot having moved to the right in the last few paces and picked his spot. Adrian Mariappa of Watford holds off Anthony Martial of Manchester United Credit: Getty “These teams in mid-table have quality and no pressure,” Mourinho said afterwards. “They don’t feel the pressure teams with other objectives have. They came with everything, they have no problems. They believed with the second goal it would be possible. They gave us a couple of minutes of real pressure, but this is football.” Spoken like a man who really does struggle to feel empathy with other managers. For a while this just seemed like one of those United victories from the days in which they ruled English football: when the opposition were reduced to a pile of rubble by half-time and you could hear a crisp packet blowing across the home end. Against one of the most upwardly mobile teams in the Premier League, Young scored two in 23 minutes. What a peculiar way to behave: Jesse Lingard Credit: AP When Anthony Martial picked off Watford with the third it looked like the home team had embarked with no plan at all, but in the second half they resisted the rout and came back with some goals of their own. “We had chances for 4-0, 5-0, 6-0,” Mourinho said. “We had that in the first half. We finished the first half with a chance from an open goal. We had more in the second half, again and again and we didn’t score. I think they may have had a feeling that it was too easy, they had a feeling that the game was over. They had a feeling that Watford had no conditions to react.” But react they did after conceding two goals from Young, the boy from Stevenage whose career had begun at Watford having originally been rejected by the club as an apprentice. He has fought back from injury to become, against the odds, a key part of this United team, a survivor from the club’s last Premier League winning season of 2012-13. Not over yet: sub Troy Deeney&#39;s penalty sparked an unlikely fightback Credit: AFP The strange thing about Watford’s first half collapse was that for the first 15 minutes they looked solid enough and even asked the occasional question of United. Will Hughes, later injured, roamed behind Andre Gray and probed down the right flank. Young’s first goal was a low half-volley from the right taken quickly after Kiko Femenia, the right wing-back, had lost the ball. It was a strange celebration for his first goal since May 2016, Young appearing to cup his hand to his ear in disdain to the Watford home end which naturally resulted in an angry response. His issue with them was not clear given that his name had been cheered by a few of the home fans when it was read out at the start. Watford vs Man Utd shots on goal It was Doucoure who chased down Paul Pogba on 22 minutes and brought the United man down. Mourinho said he expected Pogba to take the free-kick but Young beat Gomes with fade and power. Just after the half hour Lukaku threaded a pass through to Martial who finished well. That should have been it but Deeney scored from the penalty spot and then Doucoure struck Carillo’s cross first time for the second. This was United’s first away league win since Sept 23, and although it ended with that glorious goal from Lingard it was another night when they almost let themselves down. 9:54PM Full time: Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Eighth time this United have scored four this term. The game seemed absolutely over at 0-3 after 75 minutes, then Rojo gave away a penalty. Watford scored that, and then another, and then just as people were thinking &quot;they couldn&#39;t, could they?&quot; the answer was delivered by Jesse Lingard: &quot;no. no they could not.&quot; He scored a special, special individual goal for the fourth. Ashley Young, though, was the key man: he scored two attractive goals in the first half. United look very good. Certainly very good for a side FIVE points behind the leaders having played a game more. Match report and reaction to follow. Mourinho: &quot;At three nil we should have been smoking cigar. But then we were back in trouble.&quot; 9:48PM 88 mins Lingard immediately subbed off. Zlatan the man who comes on. Watford still plugging away, here&#39;s Richarlison getting to the byline, firing at goal from a very narrow angle. Corner. 9:44PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Jesse Lingard has scored an incredible solo effort. What a run. He breaks on his own, the Watford defence parts like the red sea. Anyone want to maybe try and get a challenge in? Credit: BT Sport 1 Nice confident finish as well by the way. Watford 2 - 4 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 86 min) Lingard finishes it off Credit: BT Sport 1 9:43PM They couldn&#39;t, could they? Here&#39;s hoping... 9:42PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 3 Scenes at Vicarage Road!! Watford 2 - 3 Man Utd (Abdoulaye Doucouré, 84 min) 9:41PM 81 mins United haven&#39;t done anything since the goal. Just sat back and defended. 9:37PM Watford 1 Manchester United 3 Perfect penalty! It&#39;s Troy Deeney from the spot. Low and straight into the corner. No chance DDG. A lifeline? Nah. 9:36PM 75 mins After Lukaku impresses to find some space by using his strength, he gets a shot away. Up the other end, Watford have a penalty after a daft lunge from Rojo. He chopped down Pereyra, from behind, never in danger of getting the ball. Rojo brings down Pereyra Credit: BT Sport 1 9:34PM 73 mins And Lukaku definitely should have scored it! This is a shocker. Rashford slips it to Lukaku, who has tons of space and time. He dithers rather tragically and panics, losing the moment. 9:33PM 72 mins Rashford with a shot. United doing everything but score that fourth. 9:32PM 71 mins Pogba! A flying header but it&#39;s not going in. 9:32PM 70 mins Deeney has come on (Gray off) and nearly gets a chance right away 9:27PM 69 mins Mariappa robs Lukaku (well) and shoots (poorly). 9:26PM 67 mins Rojo has yet to fully convince me for Man United, but he has made some important interventions tonight in his own box. Stops a dangerous Carrillo run and when the ball bounces free a second later, sorts that out as well. 9:25PM 64 mins Martial, who has been exciting, direct and dangerous, is taken off. Rashford on. 9:24PM Z is for Zorro, and Z is for Zorro... and Marvin Zeegelaar of Watford Credit: Getty 9:22PM 63 mins The only things Watford have had going for them have been Hughes, off injured, and Richarlison, who again pops up here at the back stick to go close with a header 9:21PM 62 mins Watford&#39;s defending and midfield play has been consistently a day late and a dollar short. You don&#39;t mind getting outplayed by a United, but the visitors have been first to the ball, sharper and snappier in their work around the pitch and in the contested zones. Deeply unimpressed by Watford. 9:18PM 56 mins Hughes, who has had a good game, has gone down clutching the back of his leg. He is off. This is very courteous and helpful from a Man Utd social media wonk. 57&#39; - Double change for Watford, as Carrillo and Pereyra replace Prodl and the injured Hughes. #MUFC#WATMUN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 9:15PM 54 mins Matic is coming off, not moving too well. This game is won, so they might as well be cautious. 9:11PM 51 mins Martial breaks, has a chance to play Lukaku in but tarries just a quarter of a second too long. Lukaku eventually fed, fires across goal. Watford have not a clue how to defend a break. 9:10PM 50 mins Corner for Watford. De Gea gets trapped between a couple of Hornets. Rojo comes to his rescue and clears with a wonderful defensive header, running at full tilt. 9:05PM 46 mins Watford come out like they mean business, and there&#39;s a decent run from Cleverley down the left. De Gea nabs his cross. 8:51PM Half time: Watford 0 Manchester United 3 A precision beasting. United so dangerous and precise in attack, despite having the minority of the ball. Good luck with that half time team talk, Marco. Perhaps start with &quot;I definitely want to carry on managing you, right, so...&quot; 8:51PM 45 mins Watford&#39;s best moment of the match comes right at the end of it. Good Femenia work down the wing, cross, Richarilson with a header and he hits the bar! Unlucky son. That might have made the second half into a contest. As it stands... 8:48PM 44 mins Oh wow, what a save this is. United break and, I haven&#39;t seen too much of Watford this season, but if this really is the 8th best team in the League, then the Continentals must be laughing up their sleeves at us, eh Nigel? Watford are about as resilient and well organised as a group overtired toddlers in a sweetshop. Lukaku powers down the centre and crunches a shot at goal. Good save Gomez. And the next one is even better. Magnificent reactions as he gets up off the turf to block from point-blank. Lingard it was following in, I think. 8:41PM 40 mins Martial is tearing Watford apart like he was a hairy Welshman. Mariappa into the book for fouling hi, Another freekick in a decent position. No cigar on this occasion. Hit into the wall. 8:39PM 37 mins A minor blip for United as Rojo is booked for blocking off an opponent. 8:32PM GOAL! Man United at it again! This is a pasting A chastening evening for Premier League flavour of the month Marco Silva, who has to watch his team absolutely gubbed by the XI sent out by his countryman. Marco Silva looks nonplussed Credit: BT Sport 1 United have their third when Lukaku finds Martial, who clips it in with a nice side-footed finish. It&#39;s men against boys out there at the moment. Watford opened up there. Gomez didn&#39;t have a chance with that one either. He&#39;s touched the ball three times, and each time to pick it out of the net! Watford 0 - 3 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 32 min) 8:28PM Young blood It was an incredible free. He got it over the wall and then bent it away viciously. Gomez was correctly positioned, it just did too much. That Young free-kick must be the optimum position to get one: dead-centre, about 28 yards out? What a great strike.— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) November 28, 2017 8:26PM GOAL! Ashley Young again! A blinding freekick Ashley Young hits the freekick Credit: BT Sport 1 Goal: Man Utd ( 25 min ) Pick that one out Credit: BT Sport 1 8:24PM 23 mins Hilarious foul by Doucoure. He has to have three goes but he finally brings down Pogba. Rugby tackle, shirt grab, push, kick combo. It gives United a freekick just outside the D, central. 8:23PM Jobs for the old boys Hodgson, Moyes, Allardyce, Pardew. All handed PL jobs this year (or will be soon), combined age of 243, 18 PL stints between them, 0 major honours. It isn&#39;t foreigners holding young British coaches back. It&#39;s old lags and a safety first mentality.— Oscillating Wildly (@OscillateWWFC) November 27, 2017 8:22PM 20 mins Young having a good match, releases Martial down the left. Well defended, but at the expense of a corner. 8:20PM GOAL! Ashley Young scores! The former Watford kid has scored a cracker at his old club. Good strength from Lukaku, he holds it up and plays Lingard, who shows great skill and patience to spot and release Young. Young crushes a shot at the near post, he just hit that so quickly after receiving it. Watford 0 - 1 Man Utd (Ashley Young, 19 min) 8:18PM 17 mins United are managing to be outnumbered in midfield and still have no runners up front when they do get the ball. Where is everybody? 8:17PM 16 mins Perhaps it&#39;s me, I am very weary today, but hard to get engaged with this game. Crowd are very quiet 8:16PM 14 mins Martial as bright as a button, raging down that left, cutting inside, eventually swamped by sheer numbers. 8:13PM 7 mins Clever move ie cheating from Watford. Corner delivered in, Lindelof is marking Richarlison. SebastienProdl pulls Lindelof&#39;s shirt, allowing Richarlison to get free. Might have done more with the header 8:07PM 5 mins Nice ball in from the right looking for Richarlison, who is becoming a real star this season. Lindelof outmuscles him here, though. 8:06PM 4 mins Interesting argument. Television channels don’t know what we want. They’re completely out of touch with real football fans. Brighton v Palace for the first time ever in the Premier League - it’ll be one of the occasions of the PL season - but we get yet another turgid Man Utd game?— Nick Goff (@nickgoff79) November 28, 2017 8:04PM 3 mins You have to go back to 1996 to find the occasion United lost three in a row on the road. Martial kicked on the jaw as he gets his head in. 8:00PM 1 mins United, then. Smalling plays in the middle, Lindelof right, Rojo on the left of their back three. Prodl in the centre for Watford, Mariappa on the right. Lingard making some decent runs, plenty of energy. 7:59PM Back threes for both side? Britos was hurt at the weekend, Prodl comes into the XI. Ten of the 11 are playing their third PL in a row. Rojo into the Man Utd XI. Credit: BT Sport 1 7:56PM Players are out on the pitch Here they come. Ground looks pleasant. Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:47PM Paul Scholes good on Lukaku &quot;I hate seeing him come out of the box, drop back and put his hand up asking for the ball. He is not good enough to do that. Don&#39;t worry about the midfield passing the ball, that is not your business. Get in the job and score a goal, that is your job.&quot; Lukaku failed to get in the box v Chelsea Credit: BT Sport 1 7:45PM Snood Credit: BT Sport 1 7:37PM Again: exceptional work 7:36PM Mourinho wandering around moodily like a man who has just got to his allotment and found that slugs have been at the greengages. Mourinho at Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:35PM Kick off is at 8pm by the way. I was wondering why wee Paul Scholes was still allowed to be standing on the pitch doing his talking. 7:33PM What a tremendous pair of individuals GT and EJ Credit: PA 7:27PM Best Elton album? Hard to look beyond Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, innit? Honky Chateau a valiant contender though, certainly up there. Madman Across The Water in with a shout. 7:26PM Yes Tom �� | Speaking to @btsport ahead of kick-off, Tom Cleverley discusses #watfordfc&#39;s strengths going into tonight&#39;s game with @ManUtd. pic.twitter.com/oiSPK7WHwM— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:24PM Shane O&#39;Leary writes I&#39;m sure that a bright, 21st century glow-grab-bag of high wattage reportage like Baron Tyers is going wrangle the Harry & Megan news of the century into this mud stained, plebian plagued, cider fuelled domestic? So, who&#39;d you fancy? I reckon Watford can take Megan, easy. Come on Honky Chateau! 7:22PM Tom Cleverley meets Owen Hargreaves. Nice use of the foreign footballer&#39;s terminology there from Tom: &quot;we&#39;re in a happy moment.&quot; Nice. Adds: &quot;We are happy playing for him at the minute.&quot; Also, I have awarded a bonus mark for &quot;the so-called top six.&quot; 7:06PM And teams in the old fashioned &#39;words&#39; format Watford: Gomes, Mariappa, Kabasele, Prodl, Femenia, Doucoure, Cleverley, Zeegelaar, Hughes, Gray, Richarlison. Subs: Janmaat, Deeney, Wague, Carrillo, Capoue, Karnezis, Pereyra. Man Utd: de Gea, Lindelof, Smalling, Rojo, Valencia, Pogba, Matic, Young, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Mata, Ibrahimovic, Rashford, Romero, Ander Herrera, Darmian, McTominay. Referee: Jonathan Moss (County Durham) 7:03PM As for the Hornets �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd: Gomes (GK) (C); Mariappa, Prödl, Kabasele; Femenía, Cleverley, Doucouré, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Wagué, Janmaat, Capoue, Carrillo, Pereyra, Deeney. pic.twitter.com/EdIc6KEZrs— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:02PM So, Zlatan had not outsted Lukaku just yet Rom keeps his place. 7:01PM Here are the teams The team news is in! Here&#39;s your #MUFC XI to take on Watford... #WATMUNpic.twitter.com/Ib4RBPywDA— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 6:57PM Laced up Well the banner is up and we&#39;re ready to hand out some laces! #watfordfc#ProudHornets ����️‍�� pic.twitter.com/s0wY5Yp4Lx— Proud Hornets (@ProudHornets) November 28, 2017 6:53PM Good evening! Welcome to our live blog of Watford against Man United. Here&#39;s a preview. Jose Mourinho believes Marco Silva&#39;s Watford are a far better side than the one that gave Manchester United a bloody nose last season. The Red Devils were condemned to their third defeat in a week in September 2016 as late goals from Juan Zuniga and Troy Deeney gave the Hornets a 3-1 win. That period remains the lowest ebb of Mourinho&#39;s Old Trafford reign and the United boss is aware just how hard it will be to exact revenge on Tuesday evening. Watford are eighth in the Premier League after their impressive 3-0 win at Newcastle, with manager Silva&#39;s fine work leading to admiring glances from rudderless Everton. &quot;Against Watford I was very upset with Watford&#39;s first goal after some guy sent (Anthony) Martial to the hospital and the referee let it go,&quot; Mourinho said. &quot;That is the reason why I was very, very upset at Watford. I think Watford made also progress. &quot;They have an unusual squad for a mid-table team. &quot;They have a squad full of very good players who are not normal to be in these mid-table teams. They have a good coach. &quot;They have improved a lot from last season too.&quot; Mourinho failed to get the better of Silva in their last two meetings, with his Hull side holding United to a goalless draw in the league at Old Trafford just a week after beating them 2-1 in the EFL Cup semi-finals in January - albeit a scoreline that did not prevent the Old Trafford giants from progressing. Zlatan Ibrahimovic starred as the Red Devils went onto triumph at Wembley and is now pushing for his first start since April, having made three substitute appearances after returning from serious knee ligament damage. Marcos Rojo has started the last two matches after being sidelined by a knee issue of his own, although should Phil Jones or Eric Bailly return from injury the Argentina international could be protected. How best to utilise Paul Pogba is another question for Mourinho given the trip to Watford is swiftly followed by a trip to Arsenal on Saturday. The 24-year-old has impressed since returning from a hamstring complaint, completing his first full match in 11 weeks against Brighton. Their returns are bolstered by the continued availability of Romelu Lukaku. Images appeared to show the striker kicking out twice at the Brighton defender Gaetan Bong just before Ashley Young&#39;s strike deflected in off Lewis Dunk to secure Mourinho&#39;s men a 1-0 win on Saturday. Lukaku was left sweating on FA action as retrospective punishment for violent conduct would incur a three-match ban, ruling him out of the derby clash with Manchester City. However, Press Association Sport understands the striker will face no action from the governing body over the incident. Referee Neil Swarbrick took no action against Lukaku at the time and the incident was confirmed to have been missed by officials at Old Trafford. As a result, a panel of three former elite referees reviewed the footage independently of one another to advise whether they deemed it a sending-off offence. The decision had to be unanimous for a charge to be brought and clearly was not as Lukaku has escaped punishment.
Watford 2 Manchester United 4: Ashley Young scores brace and Jesse Lingard adds late solo treat
Jose Mourinho has come up with some excuses in his time but explaining Romelu Lukaku’s lack of goals by revealing that his £75 million striker no longer has his own boot endorsement might be the most glorious diversion ever dreamed up by football’s most Machiavellian mind. It was already a strange night’s football by the time that Mourinho came in post-match to analyse a game in which his team had taken a three-goal lead within 31 minutes only almost to throw it all away in the second half when Watford claimed two of their own. This briefly looked like the worst nightmare for a manager whose speciality was once that his teams knew how to shut the door as well as any other, and it took Jesse Lingard to score a brilliant fourth to seal it. In the meantime, United had missed chance after chance, an “open goal” as Mourinho said for Lingard and two good opportunities for Lukaku who was playing in what might only be described as felt-tip Nikes, with the swoosh scribbled out. The outstanding performer had been Ashley Young, back at his first club scoring two first-half goals including a remarkable free-kick for the second, which was greeted by his manager on the bench with a theatrical expression of disbelief. One minute before substitute Troy Deeney scored the first of Watford’s two goals from the penalty spot, Lukaku missed badly, hesitating over his chance and allowing defenders back in between him and the goal. “I think he [Lukaku] needs a big contract with boots because at this moment he doesn’t have a contract with any brand, that’s why he’s playing with black boots,” Mourinho said. “He finished his deal and now he is waiting for the right offer and he is playing in black boots. “I think he needs a brand to give him the right boots and to pay him the right money so he goes back to goals. But jokes apart, he works amazingly well. Amazing player, amazing professional, great condition, great colleague. I couldn’t be happier with him.” Crowd control: Ashley Young celebrates Credit: Getty The United manager said that Nemanja Matic, substituted in the second half, has a “muscular” injury which the club do not yet know the extent of, and it was notable that their problems began when the Serb had left the pitch. Watford’s 77th minute penalty was won by another substitute, Roberto Pereyra, and Watford manager Marco Silva pointed out that it was a foul by Marcos Rojo who was already on a booking. “It was a second yellow card for Rojo,” Silva said, “With eleven against ten it would have been really difficult for them.” There were six of the regulation 90 minutes left when Abdoulaye Doucoure scored a second for Watford from the cross of another substitute, Andre Carillo. In the end, Lingard’s decisive winner was one of the greatest goals he will ever score, running from his own half against a backpedalling Watford defence, zagging through them as he looked for the angle and the range to beat Heurelho Gomes. The Englishman finished beautifully with his right foot having moved to the right in the last few paces and picked his spot. Adrian Mariappa of Watford holds off Anthony Martial of Manchester United Credit: Getty “These teams in mid-table have quality and no pressure,” Mourinho said afterwards. “They don’t feel the pressure teams with other objectives have. They came with everything, they have no problems. They believed with the second goal it would be possible. They gave us a couple of minutes of real pressure, but this is football.” Spoken like a man who really does struggle to feel empathy with other managers. For a while this just seemed like one of those United victories from the days in which they ruled English football: when the opposition were reduced to a pile of rubble by half-time and you could hear a crisp packet blowing across the home end. Against one of the most upwardly mobile teams in the Premier League, Young scored two in 23 minutes. What a peculiar way to behave: Jesse Lingard Credit: AP When Anthony Martial picked off Watford with the third it looked like the home team had embarked with no plan at all, but in the second half they resisted the rout and came back with some goals of their own. “We had chances for 4-0, 5-0, 6-0,” Mourinho said. “We had that in the first half. We finished the first half with a chance from an open goal. We had more in the second half, again and again and we didn’t score. I think they may have had a feeling that it was too easy, they had a feeling that the game was over. They had a feeling that Watford had no conditions to react.” But react they did after conceding two goals from Young, the boy from Stevenage whose career had begun at Watford having originally been rejected by the club as an apprentice. He has fought back from injury to become, against the odds, a key part of this United team, a survivor from the club’s last Premier League winning season of 2012-13. Not over yet: sub Troy Deeney's penalty sparked an unlikely fightback Credit: AFP The strange thing about Watford’s first half collapse was that for the first 15 minutes they looked solid enough and even asked the occasional question of United. Will Hughes, later injured, roamed behind Andre Gray and probed down the right flank. Young’s first goal was a low half-volley from the right taken quickly after Kiko Femenia, the right wing-back, had lost the ball. It was a strange celebration for his first goal since May 2016, Young appearing to cup his hand to his ear in disdain to the Watford home end which naturally resulted in an angry response. His issue with them was not clear given that his name had been cheered by a few of the home fans when it was read out at the start. Watford vs Man Utd shots on goal It was Doucoure who chased down Paul Pogba on 22 minutes and brought the United man down. Mourinho said he expected Pogba to take the free-kick but Young beat Gomes with fade and power. Just after the half hour Lukaku threaded a pass through to Martial who finished well. That should have been it but Deeney scored from the penalty spot and then Doucoure struck Carillo’s cross first time for the second. This was United’s first away league win since Sept 23, and although it ended with that glorious goal from Lingard it was another night when they almost let themselves down. 9:54PM Full time: Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Eighth time this United have scored four this term. The game seemed absolutely over at 0-3 after 75 minutes, then Rojo gave away a penalty. Watford scored that, and then another, and then just as people were thinking "they couldn't, could they?" the answer was delivered by Jesse Lingard: "no. no they could not." He scored a special, special individual goal for the fourth. Ashley Young, though, was the key man: he scored two attractive goals in the first half. United look very good. Certainly very good for a side FIVE points behind the leaders having played a game more. Match report and reaction to follow. Mourinho: "At three nil we should have been smoking cigar. But then we were back in trouble." 9:48PM 88 mins Lingard immediately subbed off. Zlatan the man who comes on. Watford still plugging away, here's Richarlison getting to the byline, firing at goal from a very narrow angle. Corner. 9:44PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Jesse Lingard has scored an incredible solo effort. What a run. He breaks on his own, the Watford defence parts like the red sea. Anyone want to maybe try and get a challenge in? Credit: BT Sport 1 Nice confident finish as well by the way. Watford 2 - 4 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 86 min) Lingard finishes it off Credit: BT Sport 1 9:43PM They couldn't, could they? Here's hoping... 9:42PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 3 Scenes at Vicarage Road!! Watford 2 - 3 Man Utd (Abdoulaye Doucouré, 84 min) 9:41PM 81 mins United haven't done anything since the goal. Just sat back and defended. 9:37PM Watford 1 Manchester United 3 Perfect penalty! It's Troy Deeney from the spot. Low and straight into the corner. No chance DDG. A lifeline? Nah. 9:36PM 75 mins After Lukaku impresses to find some space by using his strength, he gets a shot away. Up the other end, Watford have a penalty after a daft lunge from Rojo. He chopped down Pereyra, from behind, never in danger of getting the ball. Rojo brings down Pereyra Credit: BT Sport 1 9:34PM 73 mins And Lukaku definitely should have scored it! This is a shocker. Rashford slips it to Lukaku, who has tons of space and time. He dithers rather tragically and panics, losing the moment. 9:33PM 72 mins Rashford with a shot. United doing everything but score that fourth. 9:32PM 71 mins Pogba! A flying header but it's not going in. 9:32PM 70 mins Deeney has come on (Gray off) and nearly gets a chance right away 9:27PM 69 mins Mariappa robs Lukaku (well) and shoots (poorly). 9:26PM 67 mins Rojo has yet to fully convince me for Man United, but he has made some important interventions tonight in his own box. Stops a dangerous Carrillo run and when the ball bounces free a second later, sorts that out as well. 9:25PM 64 mins Martial, who has been exciting, direct and dangerous, is taken off. Rashford on. 9:24PM Z is for Zorro, and Z is for Zorro... and Marvin Zeegelaar of Watford Credit: Getty 9:22PM 63 mins The only things Watford have had going for them have been Hughes, off injured, and Richarlison, who again pops up here at the back stick to go close with a header 9:21PM 62 mins Watford's defending and midfield play has been consistently a day late and a dollar short. You don't mind getting outplayed by a United, but the visitors have been first to the ball, sharper and snappier in their work around the pitch and in the contested zones. Deeply unimpressed by Watford. 9:18PM 56 mins Hughes, who has had a good game, has gone down clutching the back of his leg. He is off. This is very courteous and helpful from a Man Utd social media wonk. 57' - Double change for Watford, as Carrillo and Pereyra replace Prodl and the injured Hughes. #MUFC#WATMUN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 9:15PM 54 mins Matic is coming off, not moving too well. This game is won, so they might as well be cautious. 9:11PM 51 mins Martial breaks, has a chance to play Lukaku in but tarries just a quarter of a second too long. Lukaku eventually fed, fires across goal. Watford have not a clue how to defend a break. 9:10PM 50 mins Corner for Watford. De Gea gets trapped between a couple of Hornets. Rojo comes to his rescue and clears with a wonderful defensive header, running at full tilt. 9:05PM 46 mins Watford come out like they mean business, and there's a decent run from Cleverley down the left. De Gea nabs his cross. 8:51PM Half time: Watford 0 Manchester United 3 A precision beasting. United so dangerous and precise in attack, despite having the minority of the ball. Good luck with that half time team talk, Marco. Perhaps start with "I definitely want to carry on managing you, right, so..." 8:51PM 45 mins Watford's best moment of the match comes right at the end of it. Good Femenia work down the wing, cross, Richarilson with a header and he hits the bar! Unlucky son. That might have made the second half into a contest. As it stands... 8:48PM 44 mins Oh wow, what a save this is. United break and, I haven't seen too much of Watford this season, but if this really is the 8th best team in the League, then the Continentals must be laughing up their sleeves at us, eh Nigel? Watford are about as resilient and well organised as a group overtired toddlers in a sweetshop. Lukaku powers down the centre and crunches a shot at goal. Good save Gomez. And the next one is even better. Magnificent reactions as he gets up off the turf to block from point-blank. Lingard it was following in, I think. 8:41PM 40 mins Martial is tearing Watford apart like he was a hairy Welshman. Mariappa into the book for fouling hi, Another freekick in a decent position. No cigar on this occasion. Hit into the wall. 8:39PM 37 mins A minor blip for United as Rojo is booked for blocking off an opponent. 8:32PM GOAL! Man United at it again! This is a pasting A chastening evening for Premier League flavour of the month Marco Silva, who has to watch his team absolutely gubbed by the XI sent out by his countryman. Marco Silva looks nonplussed Credit: BT Sport 1 United have their third when Lukaku finds Martial, who clips it in with a nice side-footed finish. It's men against boys out there at the moment. Watford opened up there. Gomez didn't have a chance with that one either. He's touched the ball three times, and each time to pick it out of the net! Watford 0 - 3 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 32 min) 8:28PM Young blood It was an incredible free. He got it over the wall and then bent it away viciously. Gomez was correctly positioned, it just did too much. That Young free-kick must be the optimum position to get one: dead-centre, about 28 yards out? What a great strike.— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) November 28, 2017 8:26PM GOAL! Ashley Young again! A blinding freekick Ashley Young hits the freekick Credit: BT Sport 1 Goal: Man Utd ( 25 min ) Pick that one out Credit: BT Sport 1 8:24PM 23 mins Hilarious foul by Doucoure. He has to have three goes but he finally brings down Pogba. Rugby tackle, shirt grab, push, kick combo. It gives United a freekick just outside the D, central. 8:23PM Jobs for the old boys Hodgson, Moyes, Allardyce, Pardew. All handed PL jobs this year (or will be soon), combined age of 243, 18 PL stints between them, 0 major honours. It isn't foreigners holding young British coaches back. It's old lags and a safety first mentality.— Oscillating Wildly (@OscillateWWFC) November 27, 2017 8:22PM 20 mins Young having a good match, releases Martial down the left. Well defended, but at the expense of a corner. 8:20PM GOAL! Ashley Young scores! The former Watford kid has scored a cracker at his old club. Good strength from Lukaku, he holds it up and plays Lingard, who shows great skill and patience to spot and release Young. Young crushes a shot at the near post, he just hit that so quickly after receiving it. Watford 0 - 1 Man Utd (Ashley Young, 19 min) 8:18PM 17 mins United are managing to be outnumbered in midfield and still have no runners up front when they do get the ball. Where is everybody? 8:17PM 16 mins Perhaps it's me, I am very weary today, but hard to get engaged with this game. Crowd are very quiet 8:16PM 14 mins Martial as bright as a button, raging down that left, cutting inside, eventually swamped by sheer numbers. 8:13PM 7 mins Clever move ie cheating from Watford. Corner delivered in, Lindelof is marking Richarlison. SebastienProdl pulls Lindelof's shirt, allowing Richarlison to get free. Might have done more with the header 8:07PM 5 mins Nice ball in from the right looking for Richarlison, who is becoming a real star this season. Lindelof outmuscles him here, though. 8:06PM 4 mins Interesting argument. Television channels don’t know what we want. They’re completely out of touch with real football fans. Brighton v Palace for the first time ever in the Premier League - it’ll be one of the occasions of the PL season - but we get yet another turgid Man Utd game?— Nick Goff (@nickgoff79) November 28, 2017 8:04PM 3 mins You have to go back to 1996 to find the occasion United lost three in a row on the road. Martial kicked on the jaw as he gets his head in. 8:00PM 1 mins United, then. Smalling plays in the middle, Lindelof right, Rojo on the left of their back three. Prodl in the centre for Watford, Mariappa on the right. Lingard making some decent runs, plenty of energy. 7:59PM Back threes for both side? Britos was hurt at the weekend, Prodl comes into the XI. Ten of the 11 are playing their third PL in a row. Rojo into the Man Utd XI. Credit: BT Sport 1 7:56PM Players are out on the pitch Here they come. Ground looks pleasant. Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:47PM Paul Scholes good on Lukaku "I hate seeing him come out of the box, drop back and put his hand up asking for the ball. He is not good enough to do that. Don't worry about the midfield passing the ball, that is not your business. Get in the job and score a goal, that is your job." Lukaku failed to get in the box v Chelsea Credit: BT Sport 1 7:45PM Snood Credit: BT Sport 1 7:37PM Again: exceptional work 7:36PM Mourinho wandering around moodily like a man who has just got to his allotment and found that slugs have been at the greengages. Mourinho at Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:35PM Kick off is at 8pm by the way. I was wondering why wee Paul Scholes was still allowed to be standing on the pitch doing his talking. 7:33PM What a tremendous pair of individuals GT and EJ Credit: PA 7:27PM Best Elton album? Hard to look beyond Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, innit? Honky Chateau a valiant contender though, certainly up there. Madman Across The Water in with a shout. 7:26PM Yes Tom �� | Speaking to @btsport ahead of kick-off, Tom Cleverley discusses #watfordfc's strengths going into tonight's game with @ManUtd. pic.twitter.com/oiSPK7WHwM— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:24PM Shane O'Leary writes I'm sure that a bright, 21st century glow-grab-bag of high wattage reportage like Baron Tyers is going wrangle the Harry & Megan news of the century into this mud stained, plebian plagued, cider fuelled domestic? So, who'd you fancy? I reckon Watford can take Megan, easy. Come on Honky Chateau! 7:22PM Tom Cleverley meets Owen Hargreaves. Nice use of the foreign footballer's terminology there from Tom: "we're in a happy moment." Nice. Adds: "We are happy playing for him at the minute." Also, I have awarded a bonus mark for "the so-called top six." 7:06PM And teams in the old fashioned 'words' format Watford: Gomes, Mariappa, Kabasele, Prodl, Femenia, Doucoure, Cleverley, Zeegelaar, Hughes, Gray, Richarlison. Subs: Janmaat, Deeney, Wague, Carrillo, Capoue, Karnezis, Pereyra. Man Utd: de Gea, Lindelof, Smalling, Rojo, Valencia, Pogba, Matic, Young, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Mata, Ibrahimovic, Rashford, Romero, Ander Herrera, Darmian, McTominay. Referee: Jonathan Moss (County Durham) 7:03PM As for the Hornets �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd: Gomes (GK) (C); Mariappa, Prödl, Kabasele; Femenía, Cleverley, Doucouré, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Wagué, Janmaat, Capoue, Carrillo, Pereyra, Deeney. pic.twitter.com/EdIc6KEZrs— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:02PM So, Zlatan had not outsted Lukaku just yet Rom keeps his place. 7:01PM Here are the teams The team news is in! Here's your #MUFC XI to take on Watford... #WATMUNpic.twitter.com/Ib4RBPywDA— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 6:57PM Laced up Well the banner is up and we're ready to hand out some laces! #watfordfc#ProudHornets ����️‍�� pic.twitter.com/s0wY5Yp4Lx— Proud Hornets (@ProudHornets) November 28, 2017 6:53PM Good evening! Welcome to our live blog of Watford against Man United. Here's a preview. Jose Mourinho believes Marco Silva's Watford are a far better side than the one that gave Manchester United a bloody nose last season. The Red Devils were condemned to their third defeat in a week in September 2016 as late goals from Juan Zuniga and Troy Deeney gave the Hornets a 3-1 win. That period remains the lowest ebb of Mourinho's Old Trafford reign and the United boss is aware just how hard it will be to exact revenge on Tuesday evening. Watford are eighth in the Premier League after their impressive 3-0 win at Newcastle, with manager Silva's fine work leading to admiring glances from rudderless Everton. "Against Watford I was very upset with Watford's first goal after some guy sent (Anthony) Martial to the hospital and the referee let it go," Mourinho said. "That is the reason why I was very, very upset at Watford. I think Watford made also progress. "They have an unusual squad for a mid-table team. "They have a squad full of very good players who are not normal to be in these mid-table teams. They have a good coach. "They have improved a lot from last season too." Mourinho failed to get the better of Silva in their last two meetings, with his Hull side holding United to a goalless draw in the league at Old Trafford just a week after beating them 2-1 in the EFL Cup semi-finals in January - albeit a scoreline that did not prevent the Old Trafford giants from progressing. Zlatan Ibrahimovic starred as the Red Devils went onto triumph at Wembley and is now pushing for his first start since April, having made three substitute appearances after returning from serious knee ligament damage. Marcos Rojo has started the last two matches after being sidelined by a knee issue of his own, although should Phil Jones or Eric Bailly return from injury the Argentina international could be protected. How best to utilise Paul Pogba is another question for Mourinho given the trip to Watford is swiftly followed by a trip to Arsenal on Saturday. The 24-year-old has impressed since returning from a hamstring complaint, completing his first full match in 11 weeks against Brighton. Their returns are bolstered by the continued availability of Romelu Lukaku. Images appeared to show the striker kicking out twice at the Brighton defender Gaetan Bong just before Ashley Young's strike deflected in off Lewis Dunk to secure Mourinho's men a 1-0 win on Saturday. Lukaku was left sweating on FA action as retrospective punishment for violent conduct would incur a three-match ban, ruling him out of the derby clash with Manchester City. However, Press Association Sport understands the striker will face no action from the governing body over the incident. Referee Neil Swarbrick took no action against Lukaku at the time and the incident was confirmed to have been missed by officials at Old Trafford. As a result, a panel of three former elite referees reviewed the footage independently of one another to advise whether they deemed it a sending-off offence. The decision had to be unanimous for a charge to be brought and clearly was not as Lukaku has escaped punishment.
Jose Mourinho has come up with some excuses in his time but explaining Romelu Lukaku’s lack of goals by revealing that his £75 million striker no longer has his own boot endorsement might be the most glorious diversion ever dreamed up by football’s most Machiavellian mind. It was already a strange night’s football by the time that Mourinho came in post-match to analyse a game in which his team had taken a three-goal lead within 31 minutes only almost to throw it all away in the second half when Watford claimed two of their own. This briefly looked like the worst nightmare for a manager whose speciality was once that his teams knew how to shut the door as well as any other, and it took Jesse Lingard to score a brilliant fourth to seal it. In the meantime, United had missed chance after chance, an “open goal” as Mourinho said for Lingard and two good opportunities for Lukaku who was playing in what might only be described as felt-tip Nikes, with the swoosh scribbled out. The outstanding performer had been Ashley Young, back at his first club scoring two first-half goals including a remarkable free-kick for the second, which was greeted by his manager on the bench with a theatrical expression of disbelief. One minute before substitute Troy Deeney scored the first of Watford’s two goals from the penalty spot, Lukaku missed badly, hesitating over his chance and allowing defenders back in between him and the goal. “I think he [Lukaku] needs a big contract with boots because at this moment he doesn’t have a contract with any brand, that’s why he’s playing with black boots,” Mourinho said. “He finished his deal and now he is waiting for the right offer and he is playing in black boots. “I think he needs a brand to give him the right boots and to pay him the right money so he goes back to goals. But jokes apart, he works amazingly well. Amazing player, amazing professional, great condition, great colleague. I couldn’t be happier with him.” Crowd control: Ashley Young celebrates Credit: Getty The United manager said that Nemanja Matic, substituted in the second half, has a “muscular” injury which the club do not yet know the extent of, and it was notable that their problems began when the Serb had left the pitch. Watford’s 77th minute penalty was won by another substitute, Roberto Pereyra, and Watford manager Marco Silva pointed out that it was a foul by Marcos Rojo who was already on a booking. “It was a second yellow card for Rojo,” Silva said, “With eleven against ten it would have been really difficult for them.” There were six of the regulation 90 minutes left when Abdoulaye Doucoure scored a second for Watford from the cross of another substitute, Andre Carillo. In the end, Lingard’s decisive winner was one of the greatest goals he will ever score, running from his own half against a backpedalling Watford defence, zagging through them as he looked for the angle and the range to beat Heurelho Gomes. The Englishman finished beautifully with his right foot having moved to the right in the last few paces and picked his spot. Adrian Mariappa of Watford holds off Anthony Martial of Manchester United Credit: Getty “These teams in mid-table have quality and no pressure,” Mourinho said afterwards. “They don’t feel the pressure teams with other objectives have. They came with everything, they have no problems. They believed with the second goal it would be possible. They gave us a couple of minutes of real pressure, but this is football.” Spoken like a man who really does struggle to feel empathy with other managers. For a while this just seemed like one of those United victories from the days in which they ruled English football: when the opposition were reduced to a pile of rubble by half-time and you could hear a crisp packet blowing across the home end. Against one of the most upwardly mobile teams in the Premier League, Young scored two in 23 minutes. What a peculiar way to behave: Jesse Lingard Credit: AP When Anthony Martial picked off Watford with the third it looked like the home team had embarked with no plan at all, but in the second half they resisted the rout and came back with some goals of their own. “We had chances for 4-0, 5-0, 6-0,” Mourinho said. “We had that in the first half. We finished the first half with a chance from an open goal. We had more in the second half, again and again and we didn’t score. I think they may have had a feeling that it was too easy, they had a feeling that the game was over. They had a feeling that Watford had no conditions to react.” But react they did after conceding two goals from Young, the boy from Stevenage whose career had begun at Watford having originally been rejected by the club as an apprentice. He has fought back from injury to become, against the odds, a key part of this United team, a survivor from the club’s last Premier League winning season of 2012-13. Not over yet: sub Troy Deeney&#39;s penalty sparked an unlikely fightback Credit: AFP The strange thing about Watford’s first half collapse was that for the first 15 minutes they looked solid enough and even asked the occasional question of United. Will Hughes, later injured, roamed behind Andre Gray and probed down the right flank. Young’s first goal was a low half-volley from the right taken quickly after Kiko Femenia, the right wing-back, had lost the ball. It was a strange celebration for his first goal since May 2016, Young appearing to cup his hand to his ear in disdain to the Watford home end which naturally resulted in an angry response. His issue with them was not clear given that his name had been cheered by a few of the home fans when it was read out at the start. Watford vs Man Utd shots on goal It was Doucoure who chased down Paul Pogba on 22 minutes and brought the United man down. Mourinho said he expected Pogba to take the free-kick but Young beat Gomes with fade and power. Just after the half hour Lukaku threaded a pass through to Martial who finished well. That should have been it but Deeney scored from the penalty spot and then Doucoure struck Carillo’s cross first time for the second. This was United’s first away league win since Sept 23, and although it ended with that glorious goal from Lingard it was another night when they almost let themselves down. 9:54PM Full time: Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Eighth time this United have scored four this term. The game seemed absolutely over at 0-3 after 75 minutes, then Rojo gave away a penalty. Watford scored that, and then another, and then just as people were thinking &quot;they couldn&#39;t, could they?&quot; the answer was delivered by Jesse Lingard: &quot;no. no they could not.&quot; He scored a special, special individual goal for the fourth. Ashley Young, though, was the key man: he scored two attractive goals in the first half. United look very good. Certainly very good for a side FIVE points behind the leaders having played a game more. Match report and reaction to follow. Mourinho: &quot;At three nil we should have been smoking cigar. But then we were back in trouble.&quot; 9:48PM 88 mins Lingard immediately subbed off. Zlatan the man who comes on. Watford still plugging away, here&#39;s Richarlison getting to the byline, firing at goal from a very narrow angle. Corner. 9:44PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Jesse Lingard has scored an incredible solo effort. What a run. He breaks on his own, the Watford defence parts like the red sea. Anyone want to maybe try and get a challenge in? Credit: BT Sport 1 Nice confident finish as well by the way. Watford 2 - 4 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 86 min) Lingard finishes it off Credit: BT Sport 1 9:43PM They couldn&#39;t, could they? Here&#39;s hoping... 9:42PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 3 Scenes at Vicarage Road!! Watford 2 - 3 Man Utd (Abdoulaye Doucouré, 84 min) 9:41PM 81 mins United haven&#39;t done anything since the goal. Just sat back and defended. 9:37PM Watford 1 Manchester United 3 Perfect penalty! It&#39;s Troy Deeney from the spot. Low and straight into the corner. No chance DDG. A lifeline? Nah. 9:36PM 75 mins After Lukaku impresses to find some space by using his strength, he gets a shot away. Up the other end, Watford have a penalty after a daft lunge from Rojo. He chopped down Pereyra, from behind, never in danger of getting the ball. Rojo brings down Pereyra Credit: BT Sport 1 9:34PM 73 mins And Lukaku definitely should have scored it! This is a shocker. Rashford slips it to Lukaku, who has tons of space and time. He dithers rather tragically and panics, losing the moment. 9:33PM 72 mins Rashford with a shot. United doing everything but score that fourth. 9:32PM 71 mins Pogba! A flying header but it&#39;s not going in. 9:32PM 70 mins Deeney has come on (Gray off) and nearly gets a chance right away 9:27PM 69 mins Mariappa robs Lukaku (well) and shoots (poorly). 9:26PM 67 mins Rojo has yet to fully convince me for Man United, but he has made some important interventions tonight in his own box. Stops a dangerous Carrillo run and when the ball bounces free a second later, sorts that out as well. 9:25PM 64 mins Martial, who has been exciting, direct and dangerous, is taken off. Rashford on. 9:24PM Z is for Zorro, and Z is for Zorro... and Marvin Zeegelaar of Watford Credit: Getty 9:22PM 63 mins The only things Watford have had going for them have been Hughes, off injured, and Richarlison, who again pops up here at the back stick to go close with a header 9:21PM 62 mins Watford&#39;s defending and midfield play has been consistently a day late and a dollar short. You don&#39;t mind getting outplayed by a United, but the visitors have been first to the ball, sharper and snappier in their work around the pitch and in the contested zones. Deeply unimpressed by Watford. 9:18PM 56 mins Hughes, who has had a good game, has gone down clutching the back of his leg. He is off. This is very courteous and helpful from a Man Utd social media wonk. 57&#39; - Double change for Watford, as Carrillo and Pereyra replace Prodl and the injured Hughes. #MUFC#WATMUN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 9:15PM 54 mins Matic is coming off, not moving too well. This game is won, so they might as well be cautious. 9:11PM 51 mins Martial breaks, has a chance to play Lukaku in but tarries just a quarter of a second too long. Lukaku eventually fed, fires across goal. Watford have not a clue how to defend a break. 9:10PM 50 mins Corner for Watford. De Gea gets trapped between a couple of Hornets. Rojo comes to his rescue and clears with a wonderful defensive header, running at full tilt. 9:05PM 46 mins Watford come out like they mean business, and there&#39;s a decent run from Cleverley down the left. De Gea nabs his cross. 8:51PM Half time: Watford 0 Manchester United 3 A precision beasting. United so dangerous and precise in attack, despite having the minority of the ball. Good luck with that half time team talk, Marco. Perhaps start with &quot;I definitely want to carry on managing you, right, so...&quot; 8:51PM 45 mins Watford&#39;s best moment of the match comes right at the end of it. Good Femenia work down the wing, cross, Richarilson with a header and he hits the bar! Unlucky son. That might have made the second half into a contest. As it stands... 8:48PM 44 mins Oh wow, what a save this is. United break and, I haven&#39;t seen too much of Watford this season, but if this really is the 8th best team in the League, then the Continentals must be laughing up their sleeves at us, eh Nigel? Watford are about as resilient and well organised as a group overtired toddlers in a sweetshop. Lukaku powers down the centre and crunches a shot at goal. Good save Gomez. And the next one is even better. Magnificent reactions as he gets up off the turf to block from point-blank. Lingard it was following in, I think. 8:41PM 40 mins Martial is tearing Watford apart like he was a hairy Welshman. Mariappa into the book for fouling hi, Another freekick in a decent position. No cigar on this occasion. Hit into the wall. 8:39PM 37 mins A minor blip for United as Rojo is booked for blocking off an opponent. 8:32PM GOAL! Man United at it again! This is a pasting A chastening evening for Premier League flavour of the month Marco Silva, who has to watch his team absolutely gubbed by the XI sent out by his countryman. Marco Silva looks nonplussed Credit: BT Sport 1 United have their third when Lukaku finds Martial, who clips it in with a nice side-footed finish. It&#39;s men against boys out there at the moment. Watford opened up there. Gomez didn&#39;t have a chance with that one either. He&#39;s touched the ball three times, and each time to pick it out of the net! Watford 0 - 3 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 32 min) 8:28PM Young blood It was an incredible free. He got it over the wall and then bent it away viciously. Gomez was correctly positioned, it just did too much. That Young free-kick must be the optimum position to get one: dead-centre, about 28 yards out? What a great strike.— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) November 28, 2017 8:26PM GOAL! Ashley Young again! A blinding freekick Ashley Young hits the freekick Credit: BT Sport 1 Goal: Man Utd ( 25 min ) Pick that one out Credit: BT Sport 1 8:24PM 23 mins Hilarious foul by Doucoure. He has to have three goes but he finally brings down Pogba. Rugby tackle, shirt grab, push, kick combo. It gives United a freekick just outside the D, central. 8:23PM Jobs for the old boys Hodgson, Moyes, Allardyce, Pardew. All handed PL jobs this year (or will be soon), combined age of 243, 18 PL stints between them, 0 major honours. It isn&#39;t foreigners holding young British coaches back. It&#39;s old lags and a safety first mentality.— Oscillating Wildly (@OscillateWWFC) November 27, 2017 8:22PM 20 mins Young having a good match, releases Martial down the left. Well defended, but at the expense of a corner. 8:20PM GOAL! Ashley Young scores! The former Watford kid has scored a cracker at his old club. Good strength from Lukaku, he holds it up and plays Lingard, who shows great skill and patience to spot and release Young. Young crushes a shot at the near post, he just hit that so quickly after receiving it. Watford 0 - 1 Man Utd (Ashley Young, 19 min) 8:18PM 17 mins United are managing to be outnumbered in midfield and still have no runners up front when they do get the ball. Where is everybody? 8:17PM 16 mins Perhaps it&#39;s me, I am very weary today, but hard to get engaged with this game. Crowd are very quiet 8:16PM 14 mins Martial as bright as a button, raging down that left, cutting inside, eventually swamped by sheer numbers. 8:13PM 7 mins Clever move ie cheating from Watford. Corner delivered in, Lindelof is marking Richarlison. SebastienProdl pulls Lindelof&#39;s shirt, allowing Richarlison to get free. Might have done more with the header 8:07PM 5 mins Nice ball in from the right looking for Richarlison, who is becoming a real star this season. Lindelof outmuscles him here, though. 8:06PM 4 mins Interesting argument. Television channels don’t know what we want. They’re completely out of touch with real football fans. Brighton v Palace for the first time ever in the Premier League - it’ll be one of the occasions of the PL season - but we get yet another turgid Man Utd game?— Nick Goff (@nickgoff79) November 28, 2017 8:04PM 3 mins You have to go back to 1996 to find the occasion United lost three in a row on the road. Martial kicked on the jaw as he gets his head in. 8:00PM 1 mins United, then. Smalling plays in the middle, Lindelof right, Rojo on the left of their back three. Prodl in the centre for Watford, Mariappa on the right. Lingard making some decent runs, plenty of energy. 7:59PM Back threes for both side? Britos was hurt at the weekend, Prodl comes into the XI. Ten of the 11 are playing their third PL in a row. Rojo into the Man Utd XI. Credit: BT Sport 1 7:56PM Players are out on the pitch Here they come. Ground looks pleasant. Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:47PM Paul Scholes good on Lukaku &quot;I hate seeing him come out of the box, drop back and put his hand up asking for the ball. He is not good enough to do that. Don&#39;t worry about the midfield passing the ball, that is not your business. Get in the job and score a goal, that is your job.&quot; Lukaku failed to get in the box v Chelsea Credit: BT Sport 1 7:45PM Snood Credit: BT Sport 1 7:37PM Again: exceptional work 7:36PM Mourinho wandering around moodily like a man who has just got to his allotment and found that slugs have been at the greengages. Mourinho at Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:35PM Kick off is at 8pm by the way. I was wondering why wee Paul Scholes was still allowed to be standing on the pitch doing his talking. 7:33PM What a tremendous pair of individuals GT and EJ Credit: PA 7:27PM Best Elton album? Hard to look beyond Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, innit? Honky Chateau a valiant contender though, certainly up there. Madman Across The Water in with a shout. 7:26PM Yes Tom �� | Speaking to @btsport ahead of kick-off, Tom Cleverley discusses #watfordfc&#39;s strengths going into tonight&#39;s game with @ManUtd. pic.twitter.com/oiSPK7WHwM— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:24PM Shane O&#39;Leary writes I&#39;m sure that a bright, 21st century glow-grab-bag of high wattage reportage like Baron Tyers is going wrangle the Harry & Megan news of the century into this mud stained, plebian plagued, cider fuelled domestic? So, who&#39;d you fancy? I reckon Watford can take Megan, easy. Come on Honky Chateau! 7:22PM Tom Cleverley meets Owen Hargreaves. Nice use of the foreign footballer&#39;s terminology there from Tom: &quot;we&#39;re in a happy moment.&quot; Nice. Adds: &quot;We are happy playing for him at the minute.&quot; Also, I have awarded a bonus mark for &quot;the so-called top six.&quot; 7:06PM And teams in the old fashioned &#39;words&#39; format Watford: Gomes, Mariappa, Kabasele, Prodl, Femenia, Doucoure, Cleverley, Zeegelaar, Hughes, Gray, Richarlison. Subs: Janmaat, Deeney, Wague, Carrillo, Capoue, Karnezis, Pereyra. Man Utd: de Gea, Lindelof, Smalling, Rojo, Valencia, Pogba, Matic, Young, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Mata, Ibrahimovic, Rashford, Romero, Ander Herrera, Darmian, McTominay. Referee: Jonathan Moss (County Durham) 7:03PM As for the Hornets �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd: Gomes (GK) (C); Mariappa, Prödl, Kabasele; Femenía, Cleverley, Doucouré, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Wagué, Janmaat, Capoue, Carrillo, Pereyra, Deeney. pic.twitter.com/EdIc6KEZrs— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:02PM So, Zlatan had not outsted Lukaku just yet Rom keeps his place. 7:01PM Here are the teams The team news is in! Here&#39;s your #MUFC XI to take on Watford... #WATMUNpic.twitter.com/Ib4RBPywDA— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 6:57PM Laced up Well the banner is up and we&#39;re ready to hand out some laces! #watfordfc#ProudHornets ����️‍�� pic.twitter.com/s0wY5Yp4Lx— Proud Hornets (@ProudHornets) November 28, 2017 6:53PM Good evening! Welcome to our live blog of Watford against Man United. Here&#39;s a preview. Jose Mourinho believes Marco Silva&#39;s Watford are a far better side than the one that gave Manchester United a bloody nose last season. The Red Devils were condemned to their third defeat in a week in September 2016 as late goals from Juan Zuniga and Troy Deeney gave the Hornets a 3-1 win. That period remains the lowest ebb of Mourinho&#39;s Old Trafford reign and the United boss is aware just how hard it will be to exact revenge on Tuesday evening. Watford are eighth in the Premier League after their impressive 3-0 win at Newcastle, with manager Silva&#39;s fine work leading to admiring glances from rudderless Everton. &quot;Against Watford I was very upset with Watford&#39;s first goal after some guy sent (Anthony) Martial to the hospital and the referee let it go,&quot; Mourinho said. &quot;That is the reason why I was very, very upset at Watford. I think Watford made also progress. &quot;They have an unusual squad for a mid-table team. &quot;They have a squad full of very good players who are not normal to be in these mid-table teams. They have a good coach. &quot;They have improved a lot from last season too.&quot; Mourinho failed to get the better of Silva in their last two meetings, with his Hull side holding United to a goalless draw in the league at Old Trafford just a week after beating them 2-1 in the EFL Cup semi-finals in January - albeit a scoreline that did not prevent the Old Trafford giants from progressing. Zlatan Ibrahimovic starred as the Red Devils went onto triumph at Wembley and is now pushing for his first start since April, having made three substitute appearances after returning from serious knee ligament damage. Marcos Rojo has started the last two matches after being sidelined by a knee issue of his own, although should Phil Jones or Eric Bailly return from injury the Argentina international could be protected. How best to utilise Paul Pogba is another question for Mourinho given the trip to Watford is swiftly followed by a trip to Arsenal on Saturday. The 24-year-old has impressed since returning from a hamstring complaint, completing his first full match in 11 weeks against Brighton. Their returns are bolstered by the continued availability of Romelu Lukaku. Images appeared to show the striker kicking out twice at the Brighton defender Gaetan Bong just before Ashley Young&#39;s strike deflected in off Lewis Dunk to secure Mourinho&#39;s men a 1-0 win on Saturday. Lukaku was left sweating on FA action as retrospective punishment for violent conduct would incur a three-match ban, ruling him out of the derby clash with Manchester City. However, Press Association Sport understands the striker will face no action from the governing body over the incident. Referee Neil Swarbrick took no action against Lukaku at the time and the incident was confirmed to have been missed by officials at Old Trafford. As a result, a panel of three former elite referees reviewed the footage independently of one another to advise whether they deemed it a sending-off offence. The decision had to be unanimous for a charge to be brought and clearly was not as Lukaku has escaped punishment.
Watford 2 Manchester United 4: Ashley Young scores brace and Jesse Lingard adds late solo treat
Jose Mourinho has come up with some excuses in his time but explaining Romelu Lukaku’s lack of goals by revealing that his £75 million striker no longer has his own boot endorsement might be the most glorious diversion ever dreamed up by football’s most Machiavellian mind. It was already a strange night’s football by the time that Mourinho came in post-match to analyse a game in which his team had taken a three-goal lead within 31 minutes only almost to throw it all away in the second half when Watford claimed two of their own. This briefly looked like the worst nightmare for a manager whose speciality was once that his teams knew how to shut the door as well as any other, and it took Jesse Lingard to score a brilliant fourth to seal it. In the meantime, United had missed chance after chance, an “open goal” as Mourinho said for Lingard and two good opportunities for Lukaku who was playing in what might only be described as felt-tip Nikes, with the swoosh scribbled out. The outstanding performer had been Ashley Young, back at his first club scoring two first-half goals including a remarkable free-kick for the second, which was greeted by his manager on the bench with a theatrical expression of disbelief. One minute before substitute Troy Deeney scored the first of Watford’s two goals from the penalty spot, Lukaku missed badly, hesitating over his chance and allowing defenders back in between him and the goal. “I think he [Lukaku] needs a big contract with boots because at this moment he doesn’t have a contract with any brand, that’s why he’s playing with black boots,” Mourinho said. “He finished his deal and now he is waiting for the right offer and he is playing in black boots. “I think he needs a brand to give him the right boots and to pay him the right money so he goes back to goals. But jokes apart, he works amazingly well. Amazing player, amazing professional, great condition, great colleague. I couldn’t be happier with him.” Crowd control: Ashley Young celebrates Credit: Getty The United manager said that Nemanja Matic, substituted in the second half, has a “muscular” injury which the club do not yet know the extent of, and it was notable that their problems began when the Serb had left the pitch. Watford’s 77th minute penalty was won by another substitute, Roberto Pereyra, and Watford manager Marco Silva pointed out that it was a foul by Marcos Rojo who was already on a booking. “It was a second yellow card for Rojo,” Silva said, “With eleven against ten it would have been really difficult for them.” There were six of the regulation 90 minutes left when Abdoulaye Doucoure scored a second for Watford from the cross of another substitute, Andre Carillo. In the end, Lingard’s decisive winner was one of the greatest goals he will ever score, running from his own half against a backpedalling Watford defence, zagging through them as he looked for the angle and the range to beat Heurelho Gomes. The Englishman finished beautifully with his right foot having moved to the right in the last few paces and picked his spot. Adrian Mariappa of Watford holds off Anthony Martial of Manchester United Credit: Getty “These teams in mid-table have quality and no pressure,” Mourinho said afterwards. “They don’t feel the pressure teams with other objectives have. They came with everything, they have no problems. They believed with the second goal it would be possible. They gave us a couple of minutes of real pressure, but this is football.” Spoken like a man who really does struggle to feel empathy with other managers. For a while this just seemed like one of those United victories from the days in which they ruled English football: when the opposition were reduced to a pile of rubble by half-time and you could hear a crisp packet blowing across the home end. Against one of the most upwardly mobile teams in the Premier League, Young scored two in 23 minutes. What a peculiar way to behave: Jesse Lingard Credit: AP When Anthony Martial picked off Watford with the third it looked like the home team had embarked with no plan at all, but in the second half they resisted the rout and came back with some goals of their own. “We had chances for 4-0, 5-0, 6-0,” Mourinho said. “We had that in the first half. We finished the first half with a chance from an open goal. We had more in the second half, again and again and we didn’t score. I think they may have had a feeling that it was too easy, they had a feeling that the game was over. They had a feeling that Watford had no conditions to react.” But react they did after conceding two goals from Young, the boy from Stevenage whose career had begun at Watford having originally been rejected by the club as an apprentice. He has fought back from injury to become, against the odds, a key part of this United team, a survivor from the club’s last Premier League winning season of 2012-13. Not over yet: sub Troy Deeney's penalty sparked an unlikely fightback Credit: AFP The strange thing about Watford’s first half collapse was that for the first 15 minutes they looked solid enough and even asked the occasional question of United. Will Hughes, later injured, roamed behind Andre Gray and probed down the right flank. Young’s first goal was a low half-volley from the right taken quickly after Kiko Femenia, the right wing-back, had lost the ball. It was a strange celebration for his first goal since May 2016, Young appearing to cup his hand to his ear in disdain to the Watford home end which naturally resulted in an angry response. His issue with them was not clear given that his name had been cheered by a few of the home fans when it was read out at the start. Watford vs Man Utd shots on goal It was Doucoure who chased down Paul Pogba on 22 minutes and brought the United man down. Mourinho said he expected Pogba to take the free-kick but Young beat Gomes with fade and power. Just after the half hour Lukaku threaded a pass through to Martial who finished well. That should have been it but Deeney scored from the penalty spot and then Doucoure struck Carillo’s cross first time for the second. This was United’s first away league win since Sept 23, and although it ended with that glorious goal from Lingard it was another night when they almost let themselves down. 9:54PM Full time: Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Eighth time this United have scored four this term. The game seemed absolutely over at 0-3 after 75 minutes, then Rojo gave away a penalty. Watford scored that, and then another, and then just as people were thinking "they couldn't, could they?" the answer was delivered by Jesse Lingard: "no. no they could not." He scored a special, special individual goal for the fourth. Ashley Young, though, was the key man: he scored two attractive goals in the first half. United look very good. Certainly very good for a side FIVE points behind the leaders having played a game more. Match report and reaction to follow. Mourinho: "At three nil we should have been smoking cigar. But then we were back in trouble." 9:48PM 88 mins Lingard immediately subbed off. Zlatan the man who comes on. Watford still plugging away, here's Richarlison getting to the byline, firing at goal from a very narrow angle. Corner. 9:44PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Jesse Lingard has scored an incredible solo effort. What a run. He breaks on his own, the Watford defence parts like the red sea. Anyone want to maybe try and get a challenge in? Credit: BT Sport 1 Nice confident finish as well by the way. Watford 2 - 4 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 86 min) Lingard finishes it off Credit: BT Sport 1 9:43PM They couldn't, could they? Here's hoping... 9:42PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 3 Scenes at Vicarage Road!! Watford 2 - 3 Man Utd (Abdoulaye Doucouré, 84 min) 9:41PM 81 mins United haven't done anything since the goal. Just sat back and defended. 9:37PM Watford 1 Manchester United 3 Perfect penalty! It's Troy Deeney from the spot. Low and straight into the corner. No chance DDG. A lifeline? Nah. 9:36PM 75 mins After Lukaku impresses to find some space by using his strength, he gets a shot away. Up the other end, Watford have a penalty after a daft lunge from Rojo. He chopped down Pereyra, from behind, never in danger of getting the ball. Rojo brings down Pereyra Credit: BT Sport 1 9:34PM 73 mins And Lukaku definitely should have scored it! This is a shocker. Rashford slips it to Lukaku, who has tons of space and time. He dithers rather tragically and panics, losing the moment. 9:33PM 72 mins Rashford with a shot. United doing everything but score that fourth. 9:32PM 71 mins Pogba! A flying header but it's not going in. 9:32PM 70 mins Deeney has come on (Gray off) and nearly gets a chance right away 9:27PM 69 mins Mariappa robs Lukaku (well) and shoots (poorly). 9:26PM 67 mins Rojo has yet to fully convince me for Man United, but he has made some important interventions tonight in his own box. Stops a dangerous Carrillo run and when the ball bounces free a second later, sorts that out as well. 9:25PM 64 mins Martial, who has been exciting, direct and dangerous, is taken off. Rashford on. 9:24PM Z is for Zorro, and Z is for Zorro... and Marvin Zeegelaar of Watford Credit: Getty 9:22PM 63 mins The only things Watford have had going for them have been Hughes, off injured, and Richarlison, who again pops up here at the back stick to go close with a header 9:21PM 62 mins Watford's defending and midfield play has been consistently a day late and a dollar short. You don't mind getting outplayed by a United, but the visitors have been first to the ball, sharper and snappier in their work around the pitch and in the contested zones. Deeply unimpressed by Watford. 9:18PM 56 mins Hughes, who has had a good game, has gone down clutching the back of his leg. He is off. This is very courteous and helpful from a Man Utd social media wonk. 57' - Double change for Watford, as Carrillo and Pereyra replace Prodl and the injured Hughes. #MUFC#WATMUN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 9:15PM 54 mins Matic is coming off, not moving too well. This game is won, so they might as well be cautious. 9:11PM 51 mins Martial breaks, has a chance to play Lukaku in but tarries just a quarter of a second too long. Lukaku eventually fed, fires across goal. Watford have not a clue how to defend a break. 9:10PM 50 mins Corner for Watford. De Gea gets trapped between a couple of Hornets. Rojo comes to his rescue and clears with a wonderful defensive header, running at full tilt. 9:05PM 46 mins Watford come out like they mean business, and there's a decent run from Cleverley down the left. De Gea nabs his cross. 8:51PM Half time: Watford 0 Manchester United 3 A precision beasting. United so dangerous and precise in attack, despite having the minority of the ball. Good luck with that half time team talk, Marco. Perhaps start with "I definitely want to carry on managing you, right, so..." 8:51PM 45 mins Watford's best moment of the match comes right at the end of it. Good Femenia work down the wing, cross, Richarilson with a header and he hits the bar! Unlucky son. That might have made the second half into a contest. As it stands... 8:48PM 44 mins Oh wow, what a save this is. United break and, I haven't seen too much of Watford this season, but if this really is the 8th best team in the League, then the Continentals must be laughing up their sleeves at us, eh Nigel? Watford are about as resilient and well organised as a group overtired toddlers in a sweetshop. Lukaku powers down the centre and crunches a shot at goal. Good save Gomez. And the next one is even better. Magnificent reactions as he gets up off the turf to block from point-blank. Lingard it was following in, I think. 8:41PM 40 mins Martial is tearing Watford apart like he was a hairy Welshman. Mariappa into the book for fouling hi, Another freekick in a decent position. No cigar on this occasion. Hit into the wall. 8:39PM 37 mins A minor blip for United as Rojo is booked for blocking off an opponent. 8:32PM GOAL! Man United at it again! This is a pasting A chastening evening for Premier League flavour of the month Marco Silva, who has to watch his team absolutely gubbed by the XI sent out by his countryman. Marco Silva looks nonplussed Credit: BT Sport 1 United have their third when Lukaku finds Martial, who clips it in with a nice side-footed finish. It's men against boys out there at the moment. Watford opened up there. Gomez didn't have a chance with that one either. He's touched the ball three times, and each time to pick it out of the net! Watford 0 - 3 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 32 min) 8:28PM Young blood It was an incredible free. He got it over the wall and then bent it away viciously. Gomez was correctly positioned, it just did too much. That Young free-kick must be the optimum position to get one: dead-centre, about 28 yards out? What a great strike.— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) November 28, 2017 8:26PM GOAL! Ashley Young again! A blinding freekick Ashley Young hits the freekick Credit: BT Sport 1 Goal: Man Utd ( 25 min ) Pick that one out Credit: BT Sport 1 8:24PM 23 mins Hilarious foul by Doucoure. He has to have three goes but he finally brings down Pogba. Rugby tackle, shirt grab, push, kick combo. It gives United a freekick just outside the D, central. 8:23PM Jobs for the old boys Hodgson, Moyes, Allardyce, Pardew. All handed PL jobs this year (or will be soon), combined age of 243, 18 PL stints between them, 0 major honours. It isn't foreigners holding young British coaches back. It's old lags and a safety first mentality.— Oscillating Wildly (@OscillateWWFC) November 27, 2017 8:22PM 20 mins Young having a good match, releases Martial down the left. Well defended, but at the expense of a corner. 8:20PM GOAL! Ashley Young scores! The former Watford kid has scored a cracker at his old club. Good strength from Lukaku, he holds it up and plays Lingard, who shows great skill and patience to spot and release Young. Young crushes a shot at the near post, he just hit that so quickly after receiving it. Watford 0 - 1 Man Utd (Ashley Young, 19 min) 8:18PM 17 mins United are managing to be outnumbered in midfield and still have no runners up front when they do get the ball. Where is everybody? 8:17PM 16 mins Perhaps it's me, I am very weary today, but hard to get engaged with this game. Crowd are very quiet 8:16PM 14 mins Martial as bright as a button, raging down that left, cutting inside, eventually swamped by sheer numbers. 8:13PM 7 mins Clever move ie cheating from Watford. Corner delivered in, Lindelof is marking Richarlison. SebastienProdl pulls Lindelof's shirt, allowing Richarlison to get free. Might have done more with the header 8:07PM 5 mins Nice ball in from the right looking for Richarlison, who is becoming a real star this season. Lindelof outmuscles him here, though. 8:06PM 4 mins Interesting argument. Television channels don’t know what we want. They’re completely out of touch with real football fans. Brighton v Palace for the first time ever in the Premier League - it’ll be one of the occasions of the PL season - but we get yet another turgid Man Utd game?— Nick Goff (@nickgoff79) November 28, 2017 8:04PM 3 mins You have to go back to 1996 to find the occasion United lost three in a row on the road. Martial kicked on the jaw as he gets his head in. 8:00PM 1 mins United, then. Smalling plays in the middle, Lindelof right, Rojo on the left of their back three. Prodl in the centre for Watford, Mariappa on the right. Lingard making some decent runs, plenty of energy. 7:59PM Back threes for both side? Britos was hurt at the weekend, Prodl comes into the XI. Ten of the 11 are playing their third PL in a row. Rojo into the Man Utd XI. Credit: BT Sport 1 7:56PM Players are out on the pitch Here they come. Ground looks pleasant. Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:47PM Paul Scholes good on Lukaku "I hate seeing him come out of the box, drop back and put his hand up asking for the ball. He is not good enough to do that. Don't worry about the midfield passing the ball, that is not your business. Get in the job and score a goal, that is your job." Lukaku failed to get in the box v Chelsea Credit: BT Sport 1 7:45PM Snood Credit: BT Sport 1 7:37PM Again: exceptional work 7:36PM Mourinho wandering around moodily like a man who has just got to his allotment and found that slugs have been at the greengages. Mourinho at Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:35PM Kick off is at 8pm by the way. I was wondering why wee Paul Scholes was still allowed to be standing on the pitch doing his talking. 7:33PM What a tremendous pair of individuals GT and EJ Credit: PA 7:27PM Best Elton album? Hard to look beyond Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, innit? Honky Chateau a valiant contender though, certainly up there. Madman Across The Water in with a shout. 7:26PM Yes Tom �� | Speaking to @btsport ahead of kick-off, Tom Cleverley discusses #watfordfc's strengths going into tonight's game with @ManUtd. pic.twitter.com/oiSPK7WHwM— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:24PM Shane O'Leary writes I'm sure that a bright, 21st century glow-grab-bag of high wattage reportage like Baron Tyers is going wrangle the Harry & Megan news of the century into this mud stained, plebian plagued, cider fuelled domestic? So, who'd you fancy? I reckon Watford can take Megan, easy. Come on Honky Chateau! 7:22PM Tom Cleverley meets Owen Hargreaves. Nice use of the foreign footballer's terminology there from Tom: "we're in a happy moment." Nice. Adds: "We are happy playing for him at the minute." Also, I have awarded a bonus mark for "the so-called top six." 7:06PM And teams in the old fashioned 'words' format Watford: Gomes, Mariappa, Kabasele, Prodl, Femenia, Doucoure, Cleverley, Zeegelaar, Hughes, Gray, Richarlison. Subs: Janmaat, Deeney, Wague, Carrillo, Capoue, Karnezis, Pereyra. Man Utd: de Gea, Lindelof, Smalling, Rojo, Valencia, Pogba, Matic, Young, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Mata, Ibrahimovic, Rashford, Romero, Ander Herrera, Darmian, McTominay. Referee: Jonathan Moss (County Durham) 7:03PM As for the Hornets �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd: Gomes (GK) (C); Mariappa, Prödl, Kabasele; Femenía, Cleverley, Doucouré, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Wagué, Janmaat, Capoue, Carrillo, Pereyra, Deeney. pic.twitter.com/EdIc6KEZrs— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:02PM So, Zlatan had not outsted Lukaku just yet Rom keeps his place. 7:01PM Here are the teams The team news is in! Here's your #MUFC XI to take on Watford... #WATMUNpic.twitter.com/Ib4RBPywDA— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 6:57PM Laced up Well the banner is up and we're ready to hand out some laces! #watfordfc#ProudHornets ����️‍�� pic.twitter.com/s0wY5Yp4Lx— Proud Hornets (@ProudHornets) November 28, 2017 6:53PM Good evening! Welcome to our live blog of Watford against Man United. Here's a preview. Jose Mourinho believes Marco Silva's Watford are a far better side than the one that gave Manchester United a bloody nose last season. The Red Devils were condemned to their third defeat in a week in September 2016 as late goals from Juan Zuniga and Troy Deeney gave the Hornets a 3-1 win. That period remains the lowest ebb of Mourinho's Old Trafford reign and the United boss is aware just how hard it will be to exact revenge on Tuesday evening. Watford are eighth in the Premier League after their impressive 3-0 win at Newcastle, with manager Silva's fine work leading to admiring glances from rudderless Everton. "Against Watford I was very upset with Watford's first goal after some guy sent (Anthony) Martial to the hospital and the referee let it go," Mourinho said. "That is the reason why I was very, very upset at Watford. I think Watford made also progress. "They have an unusual squad for a mid-table team. "They have a squad full of very good players who are not normal to be in these mid-table teams. They have a good coach. "They have improved a lot from last season too." Mourinho failed to get the better of Silva in their last two meetings, with his Hull side holding United to a goalless draw in the league at Old Trafford just a week after beating them 2-1 in the EFL Cup semi-finals in January - albeit a scoreline that did not prevent the Old Trafford giants from progressing. Zlatan Ibrahimovic starred as the Red Devils went onto triumph at Wembley and is now pushing for his first start since April, having made three substitute appearances after returning from serious knee ligament damage. Marcos Rojo has started the last two matches after being sidelined by a knee issue of his own, although should Phil Jones or Eric Bailly return from injury the Argentina international could be protected. How best to utilise Paul Pogba is another question for Mourinho given the trip to Watford is swiftly followed by a trip to Arsenal on Saturday. The 24-year-old has impressed since returning from a hamstring complaint, completing his first full match in 11 weeks against Brighton. Their returns are bolstered by the continued availability of Romelu Lukaku. Images appeared to show the striker kicking out twice at the Brighton defender Gaetan Bong just before Ashley Young's strike deflected in off Lewis Dunk to secure Mourinho's men a 1-0 win on Saturday. Lukaku was left sweating on FA action as retrospective punishment for violent conduct would incur a three-match ban, ruling him out of the derby clash with Manchester City. However, Press Association Sport understands the striker will face no action from the governing body over the incident. Referee Neil Swarbrick took no action against Lukaku at the time and the incident was confirmed to have been missed by officials at Old Trafford. As a result, a panel of three former elite referees reviewed the footage independently of one another to advise whether they deemed it a sending-off offence. The decision had to be unanimous for a charge to be brought and clearly was not as Lukaku has escaped punishment.
Jose Mourinho has come up with some excuses in his time but explaining Romelu Lukaku’s lack of goals by revealing that his £75 million striker no longer has his own boot endorsement might be the most glorious diversion ever dreamed up by football’s most Machiavellian mind. It was already a strange night’s football by the time that Mourinho came in post-match to analyse a game in which his team had taken a three-goal lead within 31 minutes only almost to throw it all away in the second half when Watford claimed two of their own. This briefly looked like the worst nightmare for a manager whose speciality was once that his teams knew how to shut the door as well as any other, and it took Jesse Lingard to score a brilliant fourth to seal it. In the meantime, United had missed chance after chance, an “open goal” as Mourinho said for Lingard and two good opportunities for Lukaku who was playing in what might only be described as felt-tip Nikes, with the swoosh scribbled out. The outstanding performer had been Ashley Young, back at his first club scoring two first-half goals including a remarkable free-kick for the second, which was greeted by his manager on the bench with a theatrical expression of disbelief. One minute before substitute Troy Deeney scored the first of Watford’s two goals from the penalty spot, Lukaku missed badly, hesitating over his chance and allowing defenders back in between him and the goal. “I think he [Lukaku] needs a big contract with boots because at this moment he doesn’t have a contract with any brand, that’s why he’s playing with black boots,” Mourinho said. “He finished his deal and now he is waiting for the right offer and he is playing in black boots. “I think he needs a brand to give him the right boots and to pay him the right money so he goes back to goals. But jokes apart, he works amazingly well. Amazing player, amazing professional, great condition, great colleague. I couldn’t be happier with him.” Crowd control: Ashley Young celebrates Credit: Getty The United manager said that Nemanja Matic, substituted in the second half, has a “muscular” injury which the club do not yet know the extent of, and it was notable that their problems began when the Serb had left the pitch. Watford’s 77th minute penalty was won by another substitute, Roberto Pereyra, and Watford manager Marco Silva pointed out that it was a foul by Marcos Rojo who was already on a booking. “It was a second yellow card for Rojo,” Silva said, “With eleven against ten it would have been really difficult for them.” There were six of the regulation 90 minutes left when Abdoulaye Doucoure scored a second for Watford from the cross of another substitute, Andre Carillo. In the end, Lingard’s decisive winner was one of the greatest goals he will ever score, running from his own half against a backpedalling Watford defence, zagging through them as he looked for the angle and the range to beat Heurelho Gomes. The Englishman finished beautifully with his right foot having moved to the right in the last few paces and picked his spot. Adrian Mariappa of Watford holds off Anthony Martial of Manchester United Credit: Getty “These teams in mid-table have quality and no pressure,” Mourinho said afterwards. “They don’t feel the pressure teams with other objectives have. They came with everything, they have no problems. They believed with the second goal it would be possible. They gave us a couple of minutes of real pressure, but this is football.” Spoken like a man who really does struggle to feel empathy with other managers. For a while this just seemed like one of those United victories from the days in which they ruled English football: when the opposition were reduced to a pile of rubble by half-time and you could hear a crisp packet blowing across the home end. Against one of the most upwardly mobile teams in the Premier League, Young scored two in 23 minutes. What a peculiar way to behave: Jesse Lingard Credit: AP When Anthony Martial picked off Watford with the third it looked like the home team had embarked with no plan at all, but in the second half they resisted the rout and came back with some goals of their own. “We had chances for 4-0, 5-0, 6-0,” Mourinho said. “We had that in the first half. We finished the first half with a chance from an open goal. We had more in the second half, again and again and we didn’t score. I think they may have had a feeling that it was too easy, they had a feeling that the game was over. They had a feeling that Watford had no conditions to react.” But react they did after conceding two goals from Young, the boy from Stevenage whose career had begun at Watford having originally been rejected by the club as an apprentice. He has fought back from injury to become, against the odds, a key part of this United team, a survivor from the club’s last Premier League winning season of 2012-13. Not over yet: sub Troy Deeney&#39;s penalty sparked an unlikely fightback Credit: AFP The strange thing about Watford’s first half collapse was that for the first 15 minutes they looked solid enough and even asked the occasional question of United. Will Hughes, later injured, roamed behind Andre Gray and probed down the right flank. Young’s first goal was a low half-volley from the right taken quickly after Kiko Femenia, the right wing-back, had lost the ball. It was a strange celebration for his first goal since May 2016, Young appearing to cup his hand to his ear in disdain to the Watford home end which naturally resulted in an angry response. His issue with them was not clear given that his name had been cheered by a few of the home fans when it was read out at the start. Watford vs Man Utd shots on goal It was Doucoure who chased down Paul Pogba on 22 minutes and brought the United man down. Mourinho said he expected Pogba to take the free-kick but Young beat Gomes with fade and power. Just after the half hour Lukaku threaded a pass through to Martial who finished well. That should have been it but Deeney scored from the penalty spot and then Doucoure struck Carillo’s cross first time for the second. This was United’s first away league win since Sept 23, and although it ended with that glorious goal from Lingard it was another night when they almost let themselves down. 9:54PM Full time: Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Eighth time this United have scored four this term. The game seemed absolutely over at 0-3 after 75 minutes, then Rojo gave away a penalty. Watford scored that, and then another, and then just as people were thinking &quot;they couldn&#39;t, could they?&quot; the answer was delivered by Jesse Lingard: &quot;no. no they could not.&quot; He scored a special, special individual goal for the fourth. Ashley Young, though, was the key man: he scored two attractive goals in the first half. United look very good. Certainly very good for a side FIVE points behind the leaders having played a game more. Match report and reaction to follow. Mourinho: &quot;At three nil we should have been smoking cigar. But then we were back in trouble.&quot; 9:48PM 88 mins Lingard immediately subbed off. Zlatan the man who comes on. Watford still plugging away, here&#39;s Richarlison getting to the byline, firing at goal from a very narrow angle. Corner. 9:44PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Jesse Lingard has scored an incredible solo effort. What a run. He breaks on his own, the Watford defence parts like the red sea. Anyone want to maybe try and get a challenge in? Credit: BT Sport 1 Nice confident finish as well by the way. Watford 2 - 4 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 86 min) Lingard finishes it off Credit: BT Sport 1 9:43PM They couldn&#39;t, could they? Here&#39;s hoping... 9:42PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 3 Scenes at Vicarage Road!! Watford 2 - 3 Man Utd (Abdoulaye Doucouré, 84 min) 9:41PM 81 mins United haven&#39;t done anything since the goal. Just sat back and defended. 9:37PM Watford 1 Manchester United 3 Perfect penalty! It&#39;s Troy Deeney from the spot. Low and straight into the corner. No chance DDG. A lifeline? Nah. 9:36PM 75 mins After Lukaku impresses to find some space by using his strength, he gets a shot away. Up the other end, Watford have a penalty after a daft lunge from Rojo. He chopped down Pereyra, from behind, never in danger of getting the ball. Rojo brings down Pereyra Credit: BT Sport 1 9:34PM 73 mins And Lukaku definitely should have scored it! This is a shocker. Rashford slips it to Lukaku, who has tons of space and time. He dithers rather tragically and panics, losing the moment. 9:33PM 72 mins Rashford with a shot. United doing everything but score that fourth. 9:32PM 71 mins Pogba! A flying header but it&#39;s not going in. 9:32PM 70 mins Deeney has come on (Gray off) and nearly gets a chance right away 9:27PM 69 mins Mariappa robs Lukaku (well) and shoots (poorly). 9:26PM 67 mins Rojo has yet to fully convince me for Man United, but he has made some important interventions tonight in his own box. Stops a dangerous Carrillo run and when the ball bounces free a second later, sorts that out as well. 9:25PM 64 mins Martial, who has been exciting, direct and dangerous, is taken off. Rashford on. 9:24PM Z is for Zorro, and Z is for Zorro... and Marvin Zeegelaar of Watford Credit: Getty 9:22PM 63 mins The only things Watford have had going for them have been Hughes, off injured, and Richarlison, who again pops up here at the back stick to go close with a header 9:21PM 62 mins Watford&#39;s defending and midfield play has been consistently a day late and a dollar short. You don&#39;t mind getting outplayed by a United, but the visitors have been first to the ball, sharper and snappier in their work around the pitch and in the contested zones. Deeply unimpressed by Watford. 9:18PM 56 mins Hughes, who has had a good game, has gone down clutching the back of his leg. He is off. This is very courteous and helpful from a Man Utd social media wonk. 57&#39; - Double change for Watford, as Carrillo and Pereyra replace Prodl and the injured Hughes. #MUFC#WATMUN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 9:15PM 54 mins Matic is coming off, not moving too well. This game is won, so they might as well be cautious. 9:11PM 51 mins Martial breaks, has a chance to play Lukaku in but tarries just a quarter of a second too long. Lukaku eventually fed, fires across goal. Watford have not a clue how to defend a break. 9:10PM 50 mins Corner for Watford. De Gea gets trapped between a couple of Hornets. Rojo comes to his rescue and clears with a wonderful defensive header, running at full tilt. 9:05PM 46 mins Watford come out like they mean business, and there&#39;s a decent run from Cleverley down the left. De Gea nabs his cross. 8:51PM Half time: Watford 0 Manchester United 3 A precision beasting. United so dangerous and precise in attack, despite having the minority of the ball. Good luck with that half time team talk, Marco. Perhaps start with &quot;I definitely want to carry on managing you, right, so...&quot; 8:51PM 45 mins Watford&#39;s best moment of the match comes right at the end of it. Good Femenia work down the wing, cross, Richarilson with a header and he hits the bar! Unlucky son. That might have made the second half into a contest. As it stands... 8:48PM 44 mins Oh wow, what a save this is. United break and, I haven&#39;t seen too much of Watford this season, but if this really is the 8th best team in the League, then the Continentals must be laughing up their sleeves at us, eh Nigel? Watford are about as resilient and well organised as a group overtired toddlers in a sweetshop. Lukaku powers down the centre and crunches a shot at goal. Good save Gomez. And the next one is even better. Magnificent reactions as he gets up off the turf to block from point-blank. Lingard it was following in, I think. 8:41PM 40 mins Martial is tearing Watford apart like he was a hairy Welshman. Mariappa into the book for fouling hi, Another freekick in a decent position. No cigar on this occasion. Hit into the wall. 8:39PM 37 mins A minor blip for United as Rojo is booked for blocking off an opponent. 8:32PM GOAL! Man United at it again! This is a pasting A chastening evening for Premier League flavour of the month Marco Silva, who has to watch his team absolutely gubbed by the XI sent out by his countryman. Marco Silva looks nonplussed Credit: BT Sport 1 United have their third when Lukaku finds Martial, who clips it in with a nice side-footed finish. It&#39;s men against boys out there at the moment. Watford opened up there. Gomez didn&#39;t have a chance with that one either. He&#39;s touched the ball three times, and each time to pick it out of the net! Watford 0 - 3 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 32 min) 8:28PM Young blood It was an incredible free. He got it over the wall and then bent it away viciously. Gomez was correctly positioned, it just did too much. That Young free-kick must be the optimum position to get one: dead-centre, about 28 yards out? What a great strike.— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) November 28, 2017 8:26PM GOAL! Ashley Young again! A blinding freekick Ashley Young hits the freekick Credit: BT Sport 1 Goal: Man Utd ( 25 min ) Pick that one out Credit: BT Sport 1 8:24PM 23 mins Hilarious foul by Doucoure. He has to have three goes but he finally brings down Pogba. Rugby tackle, shirt grab, push, kick combo. It gives United a freekick just outside the D, central. 8:23PM Jobs for the old boys Hodgson, Moyes, Allardyce, Pardew. All handed PL jobs this year (or will be soon), combined age of 243, 18 PL stints between them, 0 major honours. It isn&#39;t foreigners holding young British coaches back. It&#39;s old lags and a safety first mentality.— Oscillating Wildly (@OscillateWWFC) November 27, 2017 8:22PM 20 mins Young having a good match, releases Martial down the left. Well defended, but at the expense of a corner. 8:20PM GOAL! Ashley Young scores! The former Watford kid has scored a cracker at his old club. Good strength from Lukaku, he holds it up and plays Lingard, who shows great skill and patience to spot and release Young. Young crushes a shot at the near post, he just hit that so quickly after receiving it. Watford 0 - 1 Man Utd (Ashley Young, 19 min) 8:18PM 17 mins United are managing to be outnumbered in midfield and still have no runners up front when they do get the ball. Where is everybody? 8:17PM 16 mins Perhaps it&#39;s me, I am very weary today, but hard to get engaged with this game. Crowd are very quiet 8:16PM 14 mins Martial as bright as a button, raging down that left, cutting inside, eventually swamped by sheer numbers. 8:13PM 7 mins Clever move ie cheating from Watford. Corner delivered in, Lindelof is marking Richarlison. SebastienProdl pulls Lindelof&#39;s shirt, allowing Richarlison to get free. Might have done more with the header 8:07PM 5 mins Nice ball in from the right looking for Richarlison, who is becoming a real star this season. Lindelof outmuscles him here, though. 8:06PM 4 mins Interesting argument. Television channels don’t know what we want. They’re completely out of touch with real football fans. Brighton v Palace for the first time ever in the Premier League - it’ll be one of the occasions of the PL season - but we get yet another turgid Man Utd game?— Nick Goff (@nickgoff79) November 28, 2017 8:04PM 3 mins You have to go back to 1996 to find the occasion United lost three in a row on the road. Martial kicked on the jaw as he gets his head in. 8:00PM 1 mins United, then. Smalling plays in the middle, Lindelof right, Rojo on the left of their back three. Prodl in the centre for Watford, Mariappa on the right. Lingard making some decent runs, plenty of energy. 7:59PM Back threes for both side? Britos was hurt at the weekend, Prodl comes into the XI. Ten of the 11 are playing their third PL in a row. Rojo into the Man Utd XI. Credit: BT Sport 1 7:56PM Players are out on the pitch Here they come. Ground looks pleasant. Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:47PM Paul Scholes good on Lukaku &quot;I hate seeing him come out of the box, drop back and put his hand up asking for the ball. He is not good enough to do that. Don&#39;t worry about the midfield passing the ball, that is not your business. Get in the job and score a goal, that is your job.&quot; Lukaku failed to get in the box v Chelsea Credit: BT Sport 1 7:45PM Snood Credit: BT Sport 1 7:37PM Again: exceptional work 7:36PM Mourinho wandering around moodily like a man who has just got to his allotment and found that slugs have been at the greengages. Mourinho at Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:35PM Kick off is at 8pm by the way. I was wondering why wee Paul Scholes was still allowed to be standing on the pitch doing his talking. 7:33PM What a tremendous pair of individuals GT and EJ Credit: PA 7:27PM Best Elton album? Hard to look beyond Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, innit? Honky Chateau a valiant contender though, certainly up there. Madman Across The Water in with a shout. 7:26PM Yes Tom �� | Speaking to @btsport ahead of kick-off, Tom Cleverley discusses #watfordfc&#39;s strengths going into tonight&#39;s game with @ManUtd. pic.twitter.com/oiSPK7WHwM— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:24PM Shane O&#39;Leary writes I&#39;m sure that a bright, 21st century glow-grab-bag of high wattage reportage like Baron Tyers is going wrangle the Harry & Megan news of the century into this mud stained, plebian plagued, cider fuelled domestic? So, who&#39;d you fancy? I reckon Watford can take Megan, easy. Come on Honky Chateau! 7:22PM Tom Cleverley meets Owen Hargreaves. Nice use of the foreign footballer&#39;s terminology there from Tom: &quot;we&#39;re in a happy moment.&quot; Nice. Adds: &quot;We are happy playing for him at the minute.&quot; Also, I have awarded a bonus mark for &quot;the so-called top six.&quot; 7:06PM And teams in the old fashioned &#39;words&#39; format Watford: Gomes, Mariappa, Kabasele, Prodl, Femenia, Doucoure, Cleverley, Zeegelaar, Hughes, Gray, Richarlison. Subs: Janmaat, Deeney, Wague, Carrillo, Capoue, Karnezis, Pereyra. Man Utd: de Gea, Lindelof, Smalling, Rojo, Valencia, Pogba, Matic, Young, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Mata, Ibrahimovic, Rashford, Romero, Ander Herrera, Darmian, McTominay. Referee: Jonathan Moss (County Durham) 7:03PM As for the Hornets �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd: Gomes (GK) (C); Mariappa, Prödl, Kabasele; Femenía, Cleverley, Doucouré, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Wagué, Janmaat, Capoue, Carrillo, Pereyra, Deeney. pic.twitter.com/EdIc6KEZrs— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:02PM So, Zlatan had not outsted Lukaku just yet Rom keeps his place. 7:01PM Here are the teams The team news is in! Here&#39;s your #MUFC XI to take on Watford... #WATMUNpic.twitter.com/Ib4RBPywDA— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 6:57PM Laced up Well the banner is up and we&#39;re ready to hand out some laces! #watfordfc#ProudHornets ����️‍�� pic.twitter.com/s0wY5Yp4Lx— Proud Hornets (@ProudHornets) November 28, 2017 6:53PM Good evening! Welcome to our live blog of Watford against Man United. Here&#39;s a preview. Jose Mourinho believes Marco Silva&#39;s Watford are a far better side than the one that gave Manchester United a bloody nose last season. The Red Devils were condemned to their third defeat in a week in September 2016 as late goals from Juan Zuniga and Troy Deeney gave the Hornets a 3-1 win. That period remains the lowest ebb of Mourinho&#39;s Old Trafford reign and the United boss is aware just how hard it will be to exact revenge on Tuesday evening. Watford are eighth in the Premier League after their impressive 3-0 win at Newcastle, with manager Silva&#39;s fine work leading to admiring glances from rudderless Everton. &quot;Against Watford I was very upset with Watford&#39;s first goal after some guy sent (Anthony) Martial to the hospital and the referee let it go,&quot; Mourinho said. &quot;That is the reason why I was very, very upset at Watford. I think Watford made also progress. &quot;They have an unusual squad for a mid-table team. &quot;They have a squad full of very good players who are not normal to be in these mid-table teams. They have a good coach. &quot;They have improved a lot from last season too.&quot; Mourinho failed to get the better of Silva in their last two meetings, with his Hull side holding United to a goalless draw in the league at Old Trafford just a week after beating them 2-1 in the EFL Cup semi-finals in January - albeit a scoreline that did not prevent the Old Trafford giants from progressing. Zlatan Ibrahimovic starred as the Red Devils went onto triumph at Wembley and is now pushing for his first start since April, having made three substitute appearances after returning from serious knee ligament damage. Marcos Rojo has started the last two matches after being sidelined by a knee issue of his own, although should Phil Jones or Eric Bailly return from injury the Argentina international could be protected. How best to utilise Paul Pogba is another question for Mourinho given the trip to Watford is swiftly followed by a trip to Arsenal on Saturday. The 24-year-old has impressed since returning from a hamstring complaint, completing his first full match in 11 weeks against Brighton. Their returns are bolstered by the continued availability of Romelu Lukaku. Images appeared to show the striker kicking out twice at the Brighton defender Gaetan Bong just before Ashley Young&#39;s strike deflected in off Lewis Dunk to secure Mourinho&#39;s men a 1-0 win on Saturday. Lukaku was left sweating on FA action as retrospective punishment for violent conduct would incur a three-match ban, ruling him out of the derby clash with Manchester City. However, Press Association Sport understands the striker will face no action from the governing body over the incident. Referee Neil Swarbrick took no action against Lukaku at the time and the incident was confirmed to have been missed by officials at Old Trafford. As a result, a panel of three former elite referees reviewed the footage independently of one another to advise whether they deemed it a sending-off offence. The decision had to be unanimous for a charge to be brought and clearly was not as Lukaku has escaped punishment.
Watford 2 Manchester United 4: Ashley Young scores brace and Jesse Lingard adds late solo treat
Jose Mourinho has come up with some excuses in his time but explaining Romelu Lukaku’s lack of goals by revealing that his £75 million striker no longer has his own boot endorsement might be the most glorious diversion ever dreamed up by football’s most Machiavellian mind. It was already a strange night’s football by the time that Mourinho came in post-match to analyse a game in which his team had taken a three-goal lead within 31 minutes only almost to throw it all away in the second half when Watford claimed two of their own. This briefly looked like the worst nightmare for a manager whose speciality was once that his teams knew how to shut the door as well as any other, and it took Jesse Lingard to score a brilliant fourth to seal it. In the meantime, United had missed chance after chance, an “open goal” as Mourinho said for Lingard and two good opportunities for Lukaku who was playing in what might only be described as felt-tip Nikes, with the swoosh scribbled out. The outstanding performer had been Ashley Young, back at his first club scoring two first-half goals including a remarkable free-kick for the second, which was greeted by his manager on the bench with a theatrical expression of disbelief. One minute before substitute Troy Deeney scored the first of Watford’s two goals from the penalty spot, Lukaku missed badly, hesitating over his chance and allowing defenders back in between him and the goal. “I think he [Lukaku] needs a big contract with boots because at this moment he doesn’t have a contract with any brand, that’s why he’s playing with black boots,” Mourinho said. “He finished his deal and now he is waiting for the right offer and he is playing in black boots. “I think he needs a brand to give him the right boots and to pay him the right money so he goes back to goals. But jokes apart, he works amazingly well. Amazing player, amazing professional, great condition, great colleague. I couldn’t be happier with him.” Crowd control: Ashley Young celebrates Credit: Getty The United manager said that Nemanja Matic, substituted in the second half, has a “muscular” injury which the club do not yet know the extent of, and it was notable that their problems began when the Serb had left the pitch. Watford’s 77th minute penalty was won by another substitute, Roberto Pereyra, and Watford manager Marco Silva pointed out that it was a foul by Marcos Rojo who was already on a booking. “It was a second yellow card for Rojo,” Silva said, “With eleven against ten it would have been really difficult for them.” There were six of the regulation 90 minutes left when Abdoulaye Doucoure scored a second for Watford from the cross of another substitute, Andre Carillo. In the end, Lingard’s decisive winner was one of the greatest goals he will ever score, running from his own half against a backpedalling Watford defence, zagging through them as he looked for the angle and the range to beat Heurelho Gomes. The Englishman finished beautifully with his right foot having moved to the right in the last few paces and picked his spot. Adrian Mariappa of Watford holds off Anthony Martial of Manchester United Credit: Getty “These teams in mid-table have quality and no pressure,” Mourinho said afterwards. “They don’t feel the pressure teams with other objectives have. They came with everything, they have no problems. They believed with the second goal it would be possible. They gave us a couple of minutes of real pressure, but this is football.” Spoken like a man who really does struggle to feel empathy with other managers. For a while this just seemed like one of those United victories from the days in which they ruled English football: when the opposition were reduced to a pile of rubble by half-time and you could hear a crisp packet blowing across the home end. Against one of the most upwardly mobile teams in the Premier League, Young scored two in 23 minutes. What a peculiar way to behave: Jesse Lingard Credit: AP When Anthony Martial picked off Watford with the third it looked like the home team had embarked with no plan at all, but in the second half they resisted the rout and came back with some goals of their own. “We had chances for 4-0, 5-0, 6-0,” Mourinho said. “We had that in the first half. We finished the first half with a chance from an open goal. We had more in the second half, again and again and we didn’t score. I think they may have had a feeling that it was too easy, they had a feeling that the game was over. They had a feeling that Watford had no conditions to react.” But react they did after conceding two goals from Young, the boy from Stevenage whose career had begun at Watford having originally been rejected by the club as an apprentice. He has fought back from injury to become, against the odds, a key part of this United team, a survivor from the club’s last Premier League winning season of 2012-13. Not over yet: sub Troy Deeney's penalty sparked an unlikely fightback Credit: AFP The strange thing about Watford’s first half collapse was that for the first 15 minutes they looked solid enough and even asked the occasional question of United. Will Hughes, later injured, roamed behind Andre Gray and probed down the right flank. Young’s first goal was a low half-volley from the right taken quickly after Kiko Femenia, the right wing-back, had lost the ball. It was a strange celebration for his first goal since May 2016, Young appearing to cup his hand to his ear in disdain to the Watford home end which naturally resulted in an angry response. His issue with them was not clear given that his name had been cheered by a few of the home fans when it was read out at the start. Watford vs Man Utd shots on goal It was Doucoure who chased down Paul Pogba on 22 minutes and brought the United man down. Mourinho said he expected Pogba to take the free-kick but Young beat Gomes with fade and power. Just after the half hour Lukaku threaded a pass through to Martial who finished well. That should have been it but Deeney scored from the penalty spot and then Doucoure struck Carillo’s cross first time for the second. This was United’s first away league win since Sept 23, and although it ended with that glorious goal from Lingard it was another night when they almost let themselves down. 9:54PM Full time: Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Eighth time this United have scored four this term. The game seemed absolutely over at 0-3 after 75 minutes, then Rojo gave away a penalty. Watford scored that, and then another, and then just as people were thinking "they couldn't, could they?" the answer was delivered by Jesse Lingard: "no. no they could not." He scored a special, special individual goal for the fourth. Ashley Young, though, was the key man: he scored two attractive goals in the first half. United look very good. Certainly very good for a side FIVE points behind the leaders having played a game more. Match report and reaction to follow. Mourinho: "At three nil we should have been smoking cigar. But then we were back in trouble." 9:48PM 88 mins Lingard immediately subbed off. Zlatan the man who comes on. Watford still plugging away, here's Richarlison getting to the byline, firing at goal from a very narrow angle. Corner. 9:44PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Jesse Lingard has scored an incredible solo effort. What a run. He breaks on his own, the Watford defence parts like the red sea. Anyone want to maybe try and get a challenge in? Credit: BT Sport 1 Nice confident finish as well by the way. Watford 2 - 4 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 86 min) Lingard finishes it off Credit: BT Sport 1 9:43PM They couldn't, could they? Here's hoping... 9:42PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 3 Scenes at Vicarage Road!! Watford 2 - 3 Man Utd (Abdoulaye Doucouré, 84 min) 9:41PM 81 mins United haven't done anything since the goal. Just sat back and defended. 9:37PM Watford 1 Manchester United 3 Perfect penalty! It's Troy Deeney from the spot. Low and straight into the corner. No chance DDG. A lifeline? Nah. 9:36PM 75 mins After Lukaku impresses to find some space by using his strength, he gets a shot away. Up the other end, Watford have a penalty after a daft lunge from Rojo. He chopped down Pereyra, from behind, never in danger of getting the ball. Rojo brings down Pereyra Credit: BT Sport 1 9:34PM 73 mins And Lukaku definitely should have scored it! This is a shocker. Rashford slips it to Lukaku, who has tons of space and time. He dithers rather tragically and panics, losing the moment. 9:33PM 72 mins Rashford with a shot. United doing everything but score that fourth. 9:32PM 71 mins Pogba! A flying header but it's not going in. 9:32PM 70 mins Deeney has come on (Gray off) and nearly gets a chance right away 9:27PM 69 mins Mariappa robs Lukaku (well) and shoots (poorly). 9:26PM 67 mins Rojo has yet to fully convince me for Man United, but he has made some important interventions tonight in his own box. Stops a dangerous Carrillo run and when the ball bounces free a second later, sorts that out as well. 9:25PM 64 mins Martial, who has been exciting, direct and dangerous, is taken off. Rashford on. 9:24PM Z is for Zorro, and Z is for Zorro... and Marvin Zeegelaar of Watford Credit: Getty 9:22PM 63 mins The only things Watford have had going for them have been Hughes, off injured, and Richarlison, who again pops up here at the back stick to go close with a header 9:21PM 62 mins Watford's defending and midfield play has been consistently a day late and a dollar short. You don't mind getting outplayed by a United, but the visitors have been first to the ball, sharper and snappier in their work around the pitch and in the contested zones. Deeply unimpressed by Watford. 9:18PM 56 mins Hughes, who has had a good game, has gone down clutching the back of his leg. He is off. This is very courteous and helpful from a Man Utd social media wonk. 57' - Double change for Watford, as Carrillo and Pereyra replace Prodl and the injured Hughes. #MUFC#WATMUN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 9:15PM 54 mins Matic is coming off, not moving too well. This game is won, so they might as well be cautious. 9:11PM 51 mins Martial breaks, has a chance to play Lukaku in but tarries just a quarter of a second too long. Lukaku eventually fed, fires across goal. Watford have not a clue how to defend a break. 9:10PM 50 mins Corner for Watford. De Gea gets trapped between a couple of Hornets. Rojo comes to his rescue and clears with a wonderful defensive header, running at full tilt. 9:05PM 46 mins Watford come out like they mean business, and there's a decent run from Cleverley down the left. De Gea nabs his cross. 8:51PM Half time: Watford 0 Manchester United 3 A precision beasting. United so dangerous and precise in attack, despite having the minority of the ball. Good luck with that half time team talk, Marco. Perhaps start with "I definitely want to carry on managing you, right, so..." 8:51PM 45 mins Watford's best moment of the match comes right at the end of it. Good Femenia work down the wing, cross, Richarilson with a header and he hits the bar! Unlucky son. That might have made the second half into a contest. As it stands... 8:48PM 44 mins Oh wow, what a save this is. United break and, I haven't seen too much of Watford this season, but if this really is the 8th best team in the League, then the Continentals must be laughing up their sleeves at us, eh Nigel? Watford are about as resilient and well organised as a group overtired toddlers in a sweetshop. Lukaku powers down the centre and crunches a shot at goal. Good save Gomez. And the next one is even better. Magnificent reactions as he gets up off the turf to block from point-blank. Lingard it was following in, I think. 8:41PM 40 mins Martial is tearing Watford apart like he was a hairy Welshman. Mariappa into the book for fouling hi, Another freekick in a decent position. No cigar on this occasion. Hit into the wall. 8:39PM 37 mins A minor blip for United as Rojo is booked for blocking off an opponent. 8:32PM GOAL! Man United at it again! This is a pasting A chastening evening for Premier League flavour of the month Marco Silva, who has to watch his team absolutely gubbed by the XI sent out by his countryman. Marco Silva looks nonplussed Credit: BT Sport 1 United have their third when Lukaku finds Martial, who clips it in with a nice side-footed finish. It's men against boys out there at the moment. Watford opened up there. Gomez didn't have a chance with that one either. He's touched the ball three times, and each time to pick it out of the net! Watford 0 - 3 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 32 min) 8:28PM Young blood It was an incredible free. He got it over the wall and then bent it away viciously. Gomez was correctly positioned, it just did too much. That Young free-kick must be the optimum position to get one: dead-centre, about 28 yards out? What a great strike.— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) November 28, 2017 8:26PM GOAL! Ashley Young again! A blinding freekick Ashley Young hits the freekick Credit: BT Sport 1 Goal: Man Utd ( 25 min ) Pick that one out Credit: BT Sport 1 8:24PM 23 mins Hilarious foul by Doucoure. He has to have three goes but he finally brings down Pogba. Rugby tackle, shirt grab, push, kick combo. It gives United a freekick just outside the D, central. 8:23PM Jobs for the old boys Hodgson, Moyes, Allardyce, Pardew. All handed PL jobs this year (or will be soon), combined age of 243, 18 PL stints between them, 0 major honours. It isn't foreigners holding young British coaches back. It's old lags and a safety first mentality.— Oscillating Wildly (@OscillateWWFC) November 27, 2017 8:22PM 20 mins Young having a good match, releases Martial down the left. Well defended, but at the expense of a corner. 8:20PM GOAL! Ashley Young scores! The former Watford kid has scored a cracker at his old club. Good strength from Lukaku, he holds it up and plays Lingard, who shows great skill and patience to spot and release Young. Young crushes a shot at the near post, he just hit that so quickly after receiving it. Watford 0 - 1 Man Utd (Ashley Young, 19 min) 8:18PM 17 mins United are managing to be outnumbered in midfield and still have no runners up front when they do get the ball. Where is everybody? 8:17PM 16 mins Perhaps it's me, I am very weary today, but hard to get engaged with this game. Crowd are very quiet 8:16PM 14 mins Martial as bright as a button, raging down that left, cutting inside, eventually swamped by sheer numbers. 8:13PM 7 mins Clever move ie cheating from Watford. Corner delivered in, Lindelof is marking Richarlison. SebastienProdl pulls Lindelof's shirt, allowing Richarlison to get free. Might have done more with the header 8:07PM 5 mins Nice ball in from the right looking for Richarlison, who is becoming a real star this season. Lindelof outmuscles him here, though. 8:06PM 4 mins Interesting argument. Television channels don’t know what we want. They’re completely out of touch with real football fans. Brighton v Palace for the first time ever in the Premier League - it’ll be one of the occasions of the PL season - but we get yet another turgid Man Utd game?— Nick Goff (@nickgoff79) November 28, 2017 8:04PM 3 mins You have to go back to 1996 to find the occasion United lost three in a row on the road. Martial kicked on the jaw as he gets his head in. 8:00PM 1 mins United, then. Smalling plays in the middle, Lindelof right, Rojo on the left of their back three. Prodl in the centre for Watford, Mariappa on the right. Lingard making some decent runs, plenty of energy. 7:59PM Back threes for both side? Britos was hurt at the weekend, Prodl comes into the XI. Ten of the 11 are playing their third PL in a row. Rojo into the Man Utd XI. Credit: BT Sport 1 7:56PM Players are out on the pitch Here they come. Ground looks pleasant. Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:47PM Paul Scholes good on Lukaku "I hate seeing him come out of the box, drop back and put his hand up asking for the ball. He is not good enough to do that. Don't worry about the midfield passing the ball, that is not your business. Get in the job and score a goal, that is your job." Lukaku failed to get in the box v Chelsea Credit: BT Sport 1 7:45PM Snood Credit: BT Sport 1 7:37PM Again: exceptional work 7:36PM Mourinho wandering around moodily like a man who has just got to his allotment and found that slugs have been at the greengages. Mourinho at Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:35PM Kick off is at 8pm by the way. I was wondering why wee Paul Scholes was still allowed to be standing on the pitch doing his talking. 7:33PM What a tremendous pair of individuals GT and EJ Credit: PA 7:27PM Best Elton album? Hard to look beyond Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, innit? Honky Chateau a valiant contender though, certainly up there. Madman Across The Water in with a shout. 7:26PM Yes Tom �� | Speaking to @btsport ahead of kick-off, Tom Cleverley discusses #watfordfc's strengths going into tonight's game with @ManUtd. pic.twitter.com/oiSPK7WHwM— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:24PM Shane O'Leary writes I'm sure that a bright, 21st century glow-grab-bag of high wattage reportage like Baron Tyers is going wrangle the Harry & Megan news of the century into this mud stained, plebian plagued, cider fuelled domestic? So, who'd you fancy? I reckon Watford can take Megan, easy. Come on Honky Chateau! 7:22PM Tom Cleverley meets Owen Hargreaves. Nice use of the foreign footballer's terminology there from Tom: "we're in a happy moment." Nice. Adds: "We are happy playing for him at the minute." Also, I have awarded a bonus mark for "the so-called top six." 7:06PM And teams in the old fashioned 'words' format Watford: Gomes, Mariappa, Kabasele, Prodl, Femenia, Doucoure, Cleverley, Zeegelaar, Hughes, Gray, Richarlison. Subs: Janmaat, Deeney, Wague, Carrillo, Capoue, Karnezis, Pereyra. Man Utd: de Gea, Lindelof, Smalling, Rojo, Valencia, Pogba, Matic, Young, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Mata, Ibrahimovic, Rashford, Romero, Ander Herrera, Darmian, McTominay. Referee: Jonathan Moss (County Durham) 7:03PM As for the Hornets �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd: Gomes (GK) (C); Mariappa, Prödl, Kabasele; Femenía, Cleverley, Doucouré, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Wagué, Janmaat, Capoue, Carrillo, Pereyra, Deeney. pic.twitter.com/EdIc6KEZrs— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:02PM So, Zlatan had not outsted Lukaku just yet Rom keeps his place. 7:01PM Here are the teams The team news is in! Here's your #MUFC XI to take on Watford... #WATMUNpic.twitter.com/Ib4RBPywDA— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 6:57PM Laced up Well the banner is up and we're ready to hand out some laces! #watfordfc#ProudHornets ����️‍�� pic.twitter.com/s0wY5Yp4Lx— Proud Hornets (@ProudHornets) November 28, 2017 6:53PM Good evening! Welcome to our live blog of Watford against Man United. Here's a preview. Jose Mourinho believes Marco Silva's Watford are a far better side than the one that gave Manchester United a bloody nose last season. The Red Devils were condemned to their third defeat in a week in September 2016 as late goals from Juan Zuniga and Troy Deeney gave the Hornets a 3-1 win. That period remains the lowest ebb of Mourinho's Old Trafford reign and the United boss is aware just how hard it will be to exact revenge on Tuesday evening. Watford are eighth in the Premier League after their impressive 3-0 win at Newcastle, with manager Silva's fine work leading to admiring glances from rudderless Everton. "Against Watford I was very upset with Watford's first goal after some guy sent (Anthony) Martial to the hospital and the referee let it go," Mourinho said. "That is the reason why I was very, very upset at Watford. I think Watford made also progress. "They have an unusual squad for a mid-table team. "They have a squad full of very good players who are not normal to be in these mid-table teams. They have a good coach. "They have improved a lot from last season too." Mourinho failed to get the better of Silva in their last two meetings, with his Hull side holding United to a goalless draw in the league at Old Trafford just a week after beating them 2-1 in the EFL Cup semi-finals in January - albeit a scoreline that did not prevent the Old Trafford giants from progressing. Zlatan Ibrahimovic starred as the Red Devils went onto triumph at Wembley and is now pushing for his first start since April, having made three substitute appearances after returning from serious knee ligament damage. Marcos Rojo has started the last two matches after being sidelined by a knee issue of his own, although should Phil Jones or Eric Bailly return from injury the Argentina international could be protected. How best to utilise Paul Pogba is another question for Mourinho given the trip to Watford is swiftly followed by a trip to Arsenal on Saturday. The 24-year-old has impressed since returning from a hamstring complaint, completing his first full match in 11 weeks against Brighton. Their returns are bolstered by the continued availability of Romelu Lukaku. Images appeared to show the striker kicking out twice at the Brighton defender Gaetan Bong just before Ashley Young's strike deflected in off Lewis Dunk to secure Mourinho's men a 1-0 win on Saturday. Lukaku was left sweating on FA action as retrospective punishment for violent conduct would incur a three-match ban, ruling him out of the derby clash with Manchester City. However, Press Association Sport understands the striker will face no action from the governing body over the incident. Referee Neil Swarbrick took no action against Lukaku at the time and the incident was confirmed to have been missed by officials at Old Trafford. As a result, a panel of three former elite referees reviewed the footage independently of one another to advise whether they deemed it a sending-off offence. The decision had to be unanimous for a charge to be brought and clearly was not as Lukaku has escaped punishment.
Jose Mourinho has come up with some excuses in his time but explaining Romelu Lukaku’s lack of goals by revealing that his £75 million striker no longer has his own boot endorsement might be the most glorious diversion ever dreamed up by football’s most Machiavellian mind. It was already a strange night’s football by the time that Mourinho came in post-match to analyse a game in which his team had taken a three-goal lead within 31 minutes only almost to throw it all away in the second half when Watford claimed two of their own. This briefly looked like the worst nightmare for a manager whose speciality was once that his teams knew how to shut the door as well as any other, and it took Jesse Lingard to score a brilliant fourth to seal it. In the meantime, United had missed chance after chance, an “open goal” as Mourinho said for Lingard and two good opportunities for Lukaku who was playing in what might only be described as felt-tip Nikes, with the swoosh scribbled out. The outstanding performer had been Ashley Young, back at his first club scoring two first-half goals including a remarkable free-kick for the second, which was greeted by his manager on the bench with a theatrical expression of disbelief. One minute before substitute Troy Deeney scored the first of Watford’s two goals from the penalty spot, Lukaku missed badly, hesitating over his chance and allowing defenders back in between him and the goal. “I think he [Lukaku] needs a big contract with boots because at this moment he doesn’t have a contract with any brand, that’s why he’s playing with black boots,” Mourinho said. “He finished his deal and now he is waiting for the right offer and he is playing in black boots. “I think he needs a brand to give him the right boots and to pay him the right money so he goes back to goals. But jokes apart, he works amazingly well. Amazing player, amazing professional, great condition, great colleague. I couldn’t be happier with him.” Crowd control: Ashley Young celebrates Credit: Getty The United manager said that Nemanja Matic, substituted in the second half, has a “muscular” injury which the club do not yet know the extent of, and it was notable that their problems began when the Serb had left the pitch. Watford’s 77th minute penalty was won by another substitute, Roberto Pereyra, and Watford manager Marco Silva pointed out that it was a foul by Marcos Rojo who was already on a booking. “It was a second yellow card for Rojo,” Silva said, “With eleven against ten it would have been really difficult for them.” There were six of the regulation 90 minutes left when Abdoulaye Doucoure scored a second for Watford from the cross of another substitute, Andre Carillo. In the end, Lingard’s decisive winner was one of the greatest goals he will ever score, running from his own half against a backpedalling Watford defence, zagging through them as he looked for the angle and the range to beat Heurelho Gomes. The Englishman finished beautifully with his right foot having moved to the right in the last few paces and picked his spot. Adrian Mariappa of Watford holds off Anthony Martial of Manchester United Credit: Getty “These teams in mid-table have quality and no pressure,” Mourinho said afterwards. “They don’t feel the pressure teams with other objectives have. They came with everything, they have no problems. They believed with the second goal it would be possible. They gave us a couple of minutes of real pressure, but this is football.” Spoken like a man who really does struggle to feel empathy with other managers. For a while this just seemed like one of those United victories from the days in which they ruled English football: when the opposition were reduced to a pile of rubble by half-time and you could hear a crisp packet blowing across the home end. Against one of the most upwardly mobile teams in the Premier League, Young scored two in 23 minutes. What a peculiar way to behave: Jesse Lingard Credit: AP When Anthony Martial picked off Watford with the third it looked like the home team had embarked with no plan at all, but in the second half they resisted the rout and came back with some goals of their own. “We had chances for 4-0, 5-0, 6-0,” Mourinho said. “We had that in the first half. We finished the first half with a chance from an open goal. We had more in the second half, again and again and we didn’t score. I think they may have had a feeling that it was too easy, they had a feeling that the game was over. They had a feeling that Watford had no conditions to react.” But react they did after conceding two goals from Young, the boy from Stevenage whose career had begun at Watford having originally been rejected by the club as an apprentice. He has fought back from injury to become, against the odds, a key part of this United team, a survivor from the club’s last Premier League winning season of 2012-13. Not over yet: sub Troy Deeney&#39;s penalty sparked an unlikely fightback Credit: AFP The strange thing about Watford’s first half collapse was that for the first 15 minutes they looked solid enough and even asked the occasional question of United. Will Hughes, later injured, roamed behind Andre Gray and probed down the right flank. Young’s first goal was a low half-volley from the right taken quickly after Kiko Femenia, the right wing-back, had lost the ball. It was a strange celebration for his first goal since May 2016, Young appearing to cup his hand to his ear in disdain to the Watford home end which naturally resulted in an angry response. His issue with them was not clear given that his name had been cheered by a few of the home fans when it was read out at the start. Watford vs Man Utd shots on goal It was Doucoure who chased down Paul Pogba on 22 minutes and brought the United man down. Mourinho said he expected Pogba to take the free-kick but Young beat Gomes with fade and power. Just after the half hour Lukaku threaded a pass through to Martial who finished well. That should have been it but Deeney scored from the penalty spot and then Doucoure struck Carillo’s cross first time for the second. This was United’s first away league win since Sept 23, and although it ended with that glorious goal from Lingard it was another night when they almost let themselves down. 9:54PM Full time: Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Eighth time this United have scored four this term. The game seemed absolutely over at 0-3 after 75 minutes, then Rojo gave away a penalty. Watford scored that, and then another, and then just as people were thinking &quot;they couldn&#39;t, could they?&quot; the answer was delivered by Jesse Lingard: &quot;no. no they could not.&quot; He scored a special, special individual goal for the fourth. Ashley Young, though, was the key man: he scored two attractive goals in the first half. United look very good. Certainly very good for a side FIVE points behind the leaders having played a game more. Match report and reaction to follow. Mourinho: &quot;At three nil we should have been smoking cigar. But then we were back in trouble.&quot; 9:48PM 88 mins Lingard immediately subbed off. Zlatan the man who comes on. Watford still plugging away, here&#39;s Richarlison getting to the byline, firing at goal from a very narrow angle. Corner. 9:44PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Jesse Lingard has scored an incredible solo effort. What a run. He breaks on his own, the Watford defence parts like the red sea. Anyone want to maybe try and get a challenge in? Credit: BT Sport 1 Nice confident finish as well by the way. Watford 2 - 4 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 86 min) Lingard finishes it off Credit: BT Sport 1 9:43PM They couldn&#39;t, could they? Here&#39;s hoping... 9:42PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 3 Scenes at Vicarage Road!! Watford 2 - 3 Man Utd (Abdoulaye Doucouré, 84 min) 9:41PM 81 mins United haven&#39;t done anything since the goal. Just sat back and defended. 9:37PM Watford 1 Manchester United 3 Perfect penalty! It&#39;s Troy Deeney from the spot. Low and straight into the corner. No chance DDG. A lifeline? Nah. 9:36PM 75 mins After Lukaku impresses to find some space by using his strength, he gets a shot away. Up the other end, Watford have a penalty after a daft lunge from Rojo. He chopped down Pereyra, from behind, never in danger of getting the ball. Rojo brings down Pereyra Credit: BT Sport 1 9:34PM 73 mins And Lukaku definitely should have scored it! This is a shocker. Rashford slips it to Lukaku, who has tons of space and time. He dithers rather tragically and panics, losing the moment. 9:33PM 72 mins Rashford with a shot. United doing everything but score that fourth. 9:32PM 71 mins Pogba! A flying header but it&#39;s not going in. 9:32PM 70 mins Deeney has come on (Gray off) and nearly gets a chance right away 9:27PM 69 mins Mariappa robs Lukaku (well) and shoots (poorly). 9:26PM 67 mins Rojo has yet to fully convince me for Man United, but he has made some important interventions tonight in his own box. Stops a dangerous Carrillo run and when the ball bounces free a second later, sorts that out as well. 9:25PM 64 mins Martial, who has been exciting, direct and dangerous, is taken off. Rashford on. 9:24PM Z is for Zorro, and Z is for Zorro... and Marvin Zeegelaar of Watford Credit: Getty 9:22PM 63 mins The only things Watford have had going for them have been Hughes, off injured, and Richarlison, who again pops up here at the back stick to go close with a header 9:21PM 62 mins Watford&#39;s defending and midfield play has been consistently a day late and a dollar short. You don&#39;t mind getting outplayed by a United, but the visitors have been first to the ball, sharper and snappier in their work around the pitch and in the contested zones. Deeply unimpressed by Watford. 9:18PM 56 mins Hughes, who has had a good game, has gone down clutching the back of his leg. He is off. This is very courteous and helpful from a Man Utd social media wonk. 57&#39; - Double change for Watford, as Carrillo and Pereyra replace Prodl and the injured Hughes. #MUFC#WATMUN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 9:15PM 54 mins Matic is coming off, not moving too well. This game is won, so they might as well be cautious. 9:11PM 51 mins Martial breaks, has a chance to play Lukaku in but tarries just a quarter of a second too long. Lukaku eventually fed, fires across goal. Watford have not a clue how to defend a break. 9:10PM 50 mins Corner for Watford. De Gea gets trapped between a couple of Hornets. Rojo comes to his rescue and clears with a wonderful defensive header, running at full tilt. 9:05PM 46 mins Watford come out like they mean business, and there&#39;s a decent run from Cleverley down the left. De Gea nabs his cross. 8:51PM Half time: Watford 0 Manchester United 3 A precision beasting. United so dangerous and precise in attack, despite having the minority of the ball. Good luck with that half time team talk, Marco. Perhaps start with &quot;I definitely want to carry on managing you, right, so...&quot; 8:51PM 45 mins Watford&#39;s best moment of the match comes right at the end of it. Good Femenia work down the wing, cross, Richarilson with a header and he hits the bar! Unlucky son. That might have made the second half into a contest. As it stands... 8:48PM 44 mins Oh wow, what a save this is. United break and, I haven&#39;t seen too much of Watford this season, but if this really is the 8th best team in the League, then the Continentals must be laughing up their sleeves at us, eh Nigel? Watford are about as resilient and well organised as a group overtired toddlers in a sweetshop. Lukaku powers down the centre and crunches a shot at goal. Good save Gomez. And the next one is even better. Magnificent reactions as he gets up off the turf to block from point-blank. Lingard it was following in, I think. 8:41PM 40 mins Martial is tearing Watford apart like he was a hairy Welshman. Mariappa into the book for fouling hi, Another freekick in a decent position. No cigar on this occasion. Hit into the wall. 8:39PM 37 mins A minor blip for United as Rojo is booked for blocking off an opponent. 8:32PM GOAL! Man United at it again! This is a pasting A chastening evening for Premier League flavour of the month Marco Silva, who has to watch his team absolutely gubbed by the XI sent out by his countryman. Marco Silva looks nonplussed Credit: BT Sport 1 United have their third when Lukaku finds Martial, who clips it in with a nice side-footed finish. It&#39;s men against boys out there at the moment. Watford opened up there. Gomez didn&#39;t have a chance with that one either. He&#39;s touched the ball three times, and each time to pick it out of the net! Watford 0 - 3 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 32 min) 8:28PM Young blood It was an incredible free. He got it over the wall and then bent it away viciously. Gomez was correctly positioned, it just did too much. That Young free-kick must be the optimum position to get one: dead-centre, about 28 yards out? What a great strike.— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) November 28, 2017 8:26PM GOAL! Ashley Young again! A blinding freekick Ashley Young hits the freekick Credit: BT Sport 1 Goal: Man Utd ( 25 min ) Pick that one out Credit: BT Sport 1 8:24PM 23 mins Hilarious foul by Doucoure. He has to have three goes but he finally brings down Pogba. Rugby tackle, shirt grab, push, kick combo. It gives United a freekick just outside the D, central. 8:23PM Jobs for the old boys Hodgson, Moyes, Allardyce, Pardew. All handed PL jobs this year (or will be soon), combined age of 243, 18 PL stints between them, 0 major honours. It isn&#39;t foreigners holding young British coaches back. It&#39;s old lags and a safety first mentality.— Oscillating Wildly (@OscillateWWFC) November 27, 2017 8:22PM 20 mins Young having a good match, releases Martial down the left. Well defended, but at the expense of a corner. 8:20PM GOAL! Ashley Young scores! The former Watford kid has scored a cracker at his old club. Good strength from Lukaku, he holds it up and plays Lingard, who shows great skill and patience to spot and release Young. Young crushes a shot at the near post, he just hit that so quickly after receiving it. Watford 0 - 1 Man Utd (Ashley Young, 19 min) 8:18PM 17 mins United are managing to be outnumbered in midfield and still have no runners up front when they do get the ball. Where is everybody? 8:17PM 16 mins Perhaps it&#39;s me, I am very weary today, but hard to get engaged with this game. Crowd are very quiet 8:16PM 14 mins Martial as bright as a button, raging down that left, cutting inside, eventually swamped by sheer numbers. 8:13PM 7 mins Clever move ie cheating from Watford. Corner delivered in, Lindelof is marking Richarlison. SebastienProdl pulls Lindelof&#39;s shirt, allowing Richarlison to get free. Might have done more with the header 8:07PM 5 mins Nice ball in from the right looking for Richarlison, who is becoming a real star this season. Lindelof outmuscles him here, though. 8:06PM 4 mins Interesting argument. Television channels don’t know what we want. They’re completely out of touch with real football fans. Brighton v Palace for the first time ever in the Premier League - it’ll be one of the occasions of the PL season - but we get yet another turgid Man Utd game?— Nick Goff (@nickgoff79) November 28, 2017 8:04PM 3 mins You have to go back to 1996 to find the occasion United lost three in a row on the road. Martial kicked on the jaw as he gets his head in. 8:00PM 1 mins United, then. Smalling plays in the middle, Lindelof right, Rojo on the left of their back three. Prodl in the centre for Watford, Mariappa on the right. Lingard making some decent runs, plenty of energy. 7:59PM Back threes for both side? Britos was hurt at the weekend, Prodl comes into the XI. Ten of the 11 are playing their third PL in a row. Rojo into the Man Utd XI. Credit: BT Sport 1 7:56PM Players are out on the pitch Here they come. Ground looks pleasant. Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:47PM Paul Scholes good on Lukaku &quot;I hate seeing him come out of the box, drop back and put his hand up asking for the ball. He is not good enough to do that. Don&#39;t worry about the midfield passing the ball, that is not your business. Get in the job and score a goal, that is your job.&quot; Lukaku failed to get in the box v Chelsea Credit: BT Sport 1 7:45PM Snood Credit: BT Sport 1 7:37PM Again: exceptional work 7:36PM Mourinho wandering around moodily like a man who has just got to his allotment and found that slugs have been at the greengages. Mourinho at Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:35PM Kick off is at 8pm by the way. I was wondering why wee Paul Scholes was still allowed to be standing on the pitch doing his talking. 7:33PM What a tremendous pair of individuals GT and EJ Credit: PA 7:27PM Best Elton album? Hard to look beyond Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, innit? Honky Chateau a valiant contender though, certainly up there. Madman Across The Water in with a shout. 7:26PM Yes Tom �� | Speaking to @btsport ahead of kick-off, Tom Cleverley discusses #watfordfc&#39;s strengths going into tonight&#39;s game with @ManUtd. pic.twitter.com/oiSPK7WHwM— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:24PM Shane O&#39;Leary writes I&#39;m sure that a bright, 21st century glow-grab-bag of high wattage reportage like Baron Tyers is going wrangle the Harry & Megan news of the century into this mud stained, plebian plagued, cider fuelled domestic? So, who&#39;d you fancy? I reckon Watford can take Megan, easy. Come on Honky Chateau! 7:22PM Tom Cleverley meets Owen Hargreaves. Nice use of the foreign footballer&#39;s terminology there from Tom: &quot;we&#39;re in a happy moment.&quot; Nice. Adds: &quot;We are happy playing for him at the minute.&quot; Also, I have awarded a bonus mark for &quot;the so-called top six.&quot; 7:06PM And teams in the old fashioned &#39;words&#39; format Watford: Gomes, Mariappa, Kabasele, Prodl, Femenia, Doucoure, Cleverley, Zeegelaar, Hughes, Gray, Richarlison. Subs: Janmaat, Deeney, Wague, Carrillo, Capoue, Karnezis, Pereyra. Man Utd: de Gea, Lindelof, Smalling, Rojo, Valencia, Pogba, Matic, Young, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Mata, Ibrahimovic, Rashford, Romero, Ander Herrera, Darmian, McTominay. Referee: Jonathan Moss (County Durham) 7:03PM As for the Hornets �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd: Gomes (GK) (C); Mariappa, Prödl, Kabasele; Femenía, Cleverley, Doucouré, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Wagué, Janmaat, Capoue, Carrillo, Pereyra, Deeney. pic.twitter.com/EdIc6KEZrs— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:02PM So, Zlatan had not outsted Lukaku just yet Rom keeps his place. 7:01PM Here are the teams The team news is in! Here&#39;s your #MUFC XI to take on Watford... #WATMUNpic.twitter.com/Ib4RBPywDA— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 6:57PM Laced up Well the banner is up and we&#39;re ready to hand out some laces! #watfordfc#ProudHornets ����️‍�� pic.twitter.com/s0wY5Yp4Lx— Proud Hornets (@ProudHornets) November 28, 2017 6:53PM Good evening! Welcome to our live blog of Watford against Man United. Here&#39;s a preview. Jose Mourinho believes Marco Silva&#39;s Watford are a far better side than the one that gave Manchester United a bloody nose last season. The Red Devils were condemned to their third defeat in a week in September 2016 as late goals from Juan Zuniga and Troy Deeney gave the Hornets a 3-1 win. That period remains the lowest ebb of Mourinho&#39;s Old Trafford reign and the United boss is aware just how hard it will be to exact revenge on Tuesday evening. Watford are eighth in the Premier League after their impressive 3-0 win at Newcastle, with manager Silva&#39;s fine work leading to admiring glances from rudderless Everton. &quot;Against Watford I was very upset with Watford&#39;s first goal after some guy sent (Anthony) Martial to the hospital and the referee let it go,&quot; Mourinho said. &quot;That is the reason why I was very, very upset at Watford. I think Watford made also progress. &quot;They have an unusual squad for a mid-table team. &quot;They have a squad full of very good players who are not normal to be in these mid-table teams. They have a good coach. &quot;They have improved a lot from last season too.&quot; Mourinho failed to get the better of Silva in their last two meetings, with his Hull side holding United to a goalless draw in the league at Old Trafford just a week after beating them 2-1 in the EFL Cup semi-finals in January - albeit a scoreline that did not prevent the Old Trafford giants from progressing. Zlatan Ibrahimovic starred as the Red Devils went onto triumph at Wembley and is now pushing for his first start since April, having made three substitute appearances after returning from serious knee ligament damage. Marcos Rojo has started the last two matches after being sidelined by a knee issue of his own, although should Phil Jones or Eric Bailly return from injury the Argentina international could be protected. How best to utilise Paul Pogba is another question for Mourinho given the trip to Watford is swiftly followed by a trip to Arsenal on Saturday. The 24-year-old has impressed since returning from a hamstring complaint, completing his first full match in 11 weeks against Brighton. Their returns are bolstered by the continued availability of Romelu Lukaku. Images appeared to show the striker kicking out twice at the Brighton defender Gaetan Bong just before Ashley Young&#39;s strike deflected in off Lewis Dunk to secure Mourinho&#39;s men a 1-0 win on Saturday. Lukaku was left sweating on FA action as retrospective punishment for violent conduct would incur a three-match ban, ruling him out of the derby clash with Manchester City. However, Press Association Sport understands the striker will face no action from the governing body over the incident. Referee Neil Swarbrick took no action against Lukaku at the time and the incident was confirmed to have been missed by officials at Old Trafford. As a result, a panel of three former elite referees reviewed the footage independently of one another to advise whether they deemed it a sending-off offence. The decision had to be unanimous for a charge to be brought and clearly was not as Lukaku has escaped punishment.
Watford 2 Manchester United 4: Ashley Young scores brace and Jesse Lingard adds late solo treat
Jose Mourinho has come up with some excuses in his time but explaining Romelu Lukaku’s lack of goals by revealing that his £75 million striker no longer has his own boot endorsement might be the most glorious diversion ever dreamed up by football’s most Machiavellian mind. It was already a strange night’s football by the time that Mourinho came in post-match to analyse a game in which his team had taken a three-goal lead within 31 minutes only almost to throw it all away in the second half when Watford claimed two of their own. This briefly looked like the worst nightmare for a manager whose speciality was once that his teams knew how to shut the door as well as any other, and it took Jesse Lingard to score a brilliant fourth to seal it. In the meantime, United had missed chance after chance, an “open goal” as Mourinho said for Lingard and two good opportunities for Lukaku who was playing in what might only be described as felt-tip Nikes, with the swoosh scribbled out. The outstanding performer had been Ashley Young, back at his first club scoring two first-half goals including a remarkable free-kick for the second, which was greeted by his manager on the bench with a theatrical expression of disbelief. One minute before substitute Troy Deeney scored the first of Watford’s two goals from the penalty spot, Lukaku missed badly, hesitating over his chance and allowing defenders back in between him and the goal. “I think he [Lukaku] needs a big contract with boots because at this moment he doesn’t have a contract with any brand, that’s why he’s playing with black boots,” Mourinho said. “He finished his deal and now he is waiting for the right offer and he is playing in black boots. “I think he needs a brand to give him the right boots and to pay him the right money so he goes back to goals. But jokes apart, he works amazingly well. Amazing player, amazing professional, great condition, great colleague. I couldn’t be happier with him.” Crowd control: Ashley Young celebrates Credit: Getty The United manager said that Nemanja Matic, substituted in the second half, has a “muscular” injury which the club do not yet know the extent of, and it was notable that their problems began when the Serb had left the pitch. Watford’s 77th minute penalty was won by another substitute, Roberto Pereyra, and Watford manager Marco Silva pointed out that it was a foul by Marcos Rojo who was already on a booking. “It was a second yellow card for Rojo,” Silva said, “With eleven against ten it would have been really difficult for them.” There were six of the regulation 90 minutes left when Abdoulaye Doucoure scored a second for Watford from the cross of another substitute, Andre Carillo. In the end, Lingard’s decisive winner was one of the greatest goals he will ever score, running from his own half against a backpedalling Watford defence, zagging through them as he looked for the angle and the range to beat Heurelho Gomes. The Englishman finished beautifully with his right foot having moved to the right in the last few paces and picked his spot. Adrian Mariappa of Watford holds off Anthony Martial of Manchester United Credit: Getty “These teams in mid-table have quality and no pressure,” Mourinho said afterwards. “They don’t feel the pressure teams with other objectives have. They came with everything, they have no problems. They believed with the second goal it would be possible. They gave us a couple of minutes of real pressure, but this is football.” Spoken like a man who really does struggle to feel empathy with other managers. For a while this just seemed like one of those United victories from the days in which they ruled English football: when the opposition were reduced to a pile of rubble by half-time and you could hear a crisp packet blowing across the home end. Against one of the most upwardly mobile teams in the Premier League, Young scored two in 23 minutes. What a peculiar way to behave: Jesse Lingard Credit: AP When Anthony Martial picked off Watford with the third it looked like the home team had embarked with no plan at all, but in the second half they resisted the rout and came back with some goals of their own. “We had chances for 4-0, 5-0, 6-0,” Mourinho said. “We had that in the first half. We finished the first half with a chance from an open goal. We had more in the second half, again and again and we didn’t score. I think they may have had a feeling that it was too easy, they had a feeling that the game was over. They had a feeling that Watford had no conditions to react.” But react they did after conceding two goals from Young, the boy from Stevenage whose career had begun at Watford having originally been rejected by the club as an apprentice. He has fought back from injury to become, against the odds, a key part of this United team, a survivor from the club’s last Premier League winning season of 2012-13. Not over yet: sub Troy Deeney's penalty sparked an unlikely fightback Credit: AFP The strange thing about Watford’s first half collapse was that for the first 15 minutes they looked solid enough and even asked the occasional question of United. Will Hughes, later injured, roamed behind Andre Gray and probed down the right flank. Young’s first goal was a low half-volley from the right taken quickly after Kiko Femenia, the right wing-back, had lost the ball. It was a strange celebration for his first goal since May 2016, Young appearing to cup his hand to his ear in disdain to the Watford home end which naturally resulted in an angry response. His issue with them was not clear given that his name had been cheered by a few of the home fans when it was read out at the start. Watford vs Man Utd shots on goal It was Doucoure who chased down Paul Pogba on 22 minutes and brought the United man down. Mourinho said he expected Pogba to take the free-kick but Young beat Gomes with fade and power. Just after the half hour Lukaku threaded a pass through to Martial who finished well. That should have been it but Deeney scored from the penalty spot and then Doucoure struck Carillo’s cross first time for the second. This was United’s first away league win since Sept 23, and although it ended with that glorious goal from Lingard it was another night when they almost let themselves down. 9:54PM Full time: Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Eighth time this United have scored four this term. The game seemed absolutely over at 0-3 after 75 minutes, then Rojo gave away a penalty. Watford scored that, and then another, and then just as people were thinking "they couldn't, could they?" the answer was delivered by Jesse Lingard: "no. no they could not." He scored a special, special individual goal for the fourth. Ashley Young, though, was the key man: he scored two attractive goals in the first half. United look very good. Certainly very good for a side FIVE points behind the leaders having played a game more. Match report and reaction to follow. Mourinho: "At three nil we should have been smoking cigar. But then we were back in trouble." 9:48PM 88 mins Lingard immediately subbed off. Zlatan the man who comes on. Watford still plugging away, here's Richarlison getting to the byline, firing at goal from a very narrow angle. Corner. 9:44PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Jesse Lingard has scored an incredible solo effort. What a run. He breaks on his own, the Watford defence parts like the red sea. Anyone want to maybe try and get a challenge in? Credit: BT Sport 1 Nice confident finish as well by the way. Watford 2 - 4 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 86 min) Lingard finishes it off Credit: BT Sport 1 9:43PM They couldn't, could they? Here's hoping... 9:42PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 3 Scenes at Vicarage Road!! Watford 2 - 3 Man Utd (Abdoulaye Doucouré, 84 min) 9:41PM 81 mins United haven't done anything since the goal. Just sat back and defended. 9:37PM Watford 1 Manchester United 3 Perfect penalty! It's Troy Deeney from the spot. Low and straight into the corner. No chance DDG. A lifeline? Nah. 9:36PM 75 mins After Lukaku impresses to find some space by using his strength, he gets a shot away. Up the other end, Watford have a penalty after a daft lunge from Rojo. He chopped down Pereyra, from behind, never in danger of getting the ball. Rojo brings down Pereyra Credit: BT Sport 1 9:34PM 73 mins And Lukaku definitely should have scored it! This is a shocker. Rashford slips it to Lukaku, who has tons of space and time. He dithers rather tragically and panics, losing the moment. 9:33PM 72 mins Rashford with a shot. United doing everything but score that fourth. 9:32PM 71 mins Pogba! A flying header but it's not going in. 9:32PM 70 mins Deeney has come on (Gray off) and nearly gets a chance right away 9:27PM 69 mins Mariappa robs Lukaku (well) and shoots (poorly). 9:26PM 67 mins Rojo has yet to fully convince me for Man United, but he has made some important interventions tonight in his own box. Stops a dangerous Carrillo run and when the ball bounces free a second later, sorts that out as well. 9:25PM 64 mins Martial, who has been exciting, direct and dangerous, is taken off. Rashford on. 9:24PM Z is for Zorro, and Z is for Zorro... and Marvin Zeegelaar of Watford Credit: Getty 9:22PM 63 mins The only things Watford have had going for them have been Hughes, off injured, and Richarlison, who again pops up here at the back stick to go close with a header 9:21PM 62 mins Watford's defending and midfield play has been consistently a day late and a dollar short. You don't mind getting outplayed by a United, but the visitors have been first to the ball, sharper and snappier in their work around the pitch and in the contested zones. Deeply unimpressed by Watford. 9:18PM 56 mins Hughes, who has had a good game, has gone down clutching the back of his leg. He is off. This is very courteous and helpful from a Man Utd social media wonk. 57' - Double change for Watford, as Carrillo and Pereyra replace Prodl and the injured Hughes. #MUFC#WATMUN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 9:15PM 54 mins Matic is coming off, not moving too well. This game is won, so they might as well be cautious. 9:11PM 51 mins Martial breaks, has a chance to play Lukaku in but tarries just a quarter of a second too long. Lukaku eventually fed, fires across goal. Watford have not a clue how to defend a break. 9:10PM 50 mins Corner for Watford. De Gea gets trapped between a couple of Hornets. Rojo comes to his rescue and clears with a wonderful defensive header, running at full tilt. 9:05PM 46 mins Watford come out like they mean business, and there's a decent run from Cleverley down the left. De Gea nabs his cross. 8:51PM Half time: Watford 0 Manchester United 3 A precision beasting. United so dangerous and precise in attack, despite having the minority of the ball. Good luck with that half time team talk, Marco. Perhaps start with "I definitely want to carry on managing you, right, so..." 8:51PM 45 mins Watford's best moment of the match comes right at the end of it. Good Femenia work down the wing, cross, Richarilson with a header and he hits the bar! Unlucky son. That might have made the second half into a contest. As it stands... 8:48PM 44 mins Oh wow, what a save this is. United break and, I haven't seen too much of Watford this season, but if this really is the 8th best team in the League, then the Continentals must be laughing up their sleeves at us, eh Nigel? Watford are about as resilient and well organised as a group overtired toddlers in a sweetshop. Lukaku powers down the centre and crunches a shot at goal. Good save Gomez. And the next one is even better. Magnificent reactions as he gets up off the turf to block from point-blank. Lingard it was following in, I think. 8:41PM 40 mins Martial is tearing Watford apart like he was a hairy Welshman. Mariappa into the book for fouling hi, Another freekick in a decent position. No cigar on this occasion. Hit into the wall. 8:39PM 37 mins A minor blip for United as Rojo is booked for blocking off an opponent. 8:32PM GOAL! Man United at it again! This is a pasting A chastening evening for Premier League flavour of the month Marco Silva, who has to watch his team absolutely gubbed by the XI sent out by his countryman. Marco Silva looks nonplussed Credit: BT Sport 1 United have their third when Lukaku finds Martial, who clips it in with a nice side-footed finish. It's men against boys out there at the moment. Watford opened up there. Gomez didn't have a chance with that one either. He's touched the ball three times, and each time to pick it out of the net! Watford 0 - 3 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 32 min) 8:28PM Young blood It was an incredible free. He got it over the wall and then bent it away viciously. Gomez was correctly positioned, it just did too much. That Young free-kick must be the optimum position to get one: dead-centre, about 28 yards out? What a great strike.— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) November 28, 2017 8:26PM GOAL! Ashley Young again! A blinding freekick Ashley Young hits the freekick Credit: BT Sport 1 Goal: Man Utd ( 25 min ) Pick that one out Credit: BT Sport 1 8:24PM 23 mins Hilarious foul by Doucoure. He has to have three goes but he finally brings down Pogba. Rugby tackle, shirt grab, push, kick combo. It gives United a freekick just outside the D, central. 8:23PM Jobs for the old boys Hodgson, Moyes, Allardyce, Pardew. All handed PL jobs this year (or will be soon), combined age of 243, 18 PL stints between them, 0 major honours. It isn't foreigners holding young British coaches back. It's old lags and a safety first mentality.— Oscillating Wildly (@OscillateWWFC) November 27, 2017 8:22PM 20 mins Young having a good match, releases Martial down the left. Well defended, but at the expense of a corner. 8:20PM GOAL! Ashley Young scores! The former Watford kid has scored a cracker at his old club. Good strength from Lukaku, he holds it up and plays Lingard, who shows great skill and patience to spot and release Young. Young crushes a shot at the near post, he just hit that so quickly after receiving it. Watford 0 - 1 Man Utd (Ashley Young, 19 min) 8:18PM 17 mins United are managing to be outnumbered in midfield and still have no runners up front when they do get the ball. Where is everybody? 8:17PM 16 mins Perhaps it's me, I am very weary today, but hard to get engaged with this game. Crowd are very quiet 8:16PM 14 mins Martial as bright as a button, raging down that left, cutting inside, eventually swamped by sheer numbers. 8:13PM 7 mins Clever move ie cheating from Watford. Corner delivered in, Lindelof is marking Richarlison. SebastienProdl pulls Lindelof's shirt, allowing Richarlison to get free. Might have done more with the header 8:07PM 5 mins Nice ball in from the right looking for Richarlison, who is becoming a real star this season. Lindelof outmuscles him here, though. 8:06PM 4 mins Interesting argument. Television channels don’t know what we want. They’re completely out of touch with real football fans. Brighton v Palace for the first time ever in the Premier League - it’ll be one of the occasions of the PL season - but we get yet another turgid Man Utd game?— Nick Goff (@nickgoff79) November 28, 2017 8:04PM 3 mins You have to go back to 1996 to find the occasion United lost three in a row on the road. Martial kicked on the jaw as he gets his head in. 8:00PM 1 mins United, then. Smalling plays in the middle, Lindelof right, Rojo on the left of their back three. Prodl in the centre for Watford, Mariappa on the right. Lingard making some decent runs, plenty of energy. 7:59PM Back threes for both side? Britos was hurt at the weekend, Prodl comes into the XI. Ten of the 11 are playing their third PL in a row. Rojo into the Man Utd XI. Credit: BT Sport 1 7:56PM Players are out on the pitch Here they come. Ground looks pleasant. Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:47PM Paul Scholes good on Lukaku "I hate seeing him come out of the box, drop back and put his hand up asking for the ball. He is not good enough to do that. Don't worry about the midfield passing the ball, that is not your business. Get in the job and score a goal, that is your job." Lukaku failed to get in the box v Chelsea Credit: BT Sport 1 7:45PM Snood Credit: BT Sport 1 7:37PM Again: exceptional work 7:36PM Mourinho wandering around moodily like a man who has just got to his allotment and found that slugs have been at the greengages. Mourinho at Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:35PM Kick off is at 8pm by the way. I was wondering why wee Paul Scholes was still allowed to be standing on the pitch doing his talking. 7:33PM What a tremendous pair of individuals GT and EJ Credit: PA 7:27PM Best Elton album? Hard to look beyond Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, innit? Honky Chateau a valiant contender though, certainly up there. Madman Across The Water in with a shout. 7:26PM Yes Tom �� | Speaking to @btsport ahead of kick-off, Tom Cleverley discusses #watfordfc's strengths going into tonight's game with @ManUtd. pic.twitter.com/oiSPK7WHwM— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:24PM Shane O'Leary writes I'm sure that a bright, 21st century glow-grab-bag of high wattage reportage like Baron Tyers is going wrangle the Harry & Megan news of the century into this mud stained, plebian plagued, cider fuelled domestic? So, who'd you fancy? I reckon Watford can take Megan, easy. Come on Honky Chateau! 7:22PM Tom Cleverley meets Owen Hargreaves. Nice use of the foreign footballer's terminology there from Tom: "we're in a happy moment." Nice. Adds: "We are happy playing for him at the minute." Also, I have awarded a bonus mark for "the so-called top six." 7:06PM And teams in the old fashioned 'words' format Watford: Gomes, Mariappa, Kabasele, Prodl, Femenia, Doucoure, Cleverley, Zeegelaar, Hughes, Gray, Richarlison. Subs: Janmaat, Deeney, Wague, Carrillo, Capoue, Karnezis, Pereyra. Man Utd: de Gea, Lindelof, Smalling, Rojo, Valencia, Pogba, Matic, Young, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Mata, Ibrahimovic, Rashford, Romero, Ander Herrera, Darmian, McTominay. Referee: Jonathan Moss (County Durham) 7:03PM As for the Hornets �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd: Gomes (GK) (C); Mariappa, Prödl, Kabasele; Femenía, Cleverley, Doucouré, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Wagué, Janmaat, Capoue, Carrillo, Pereyra, Deeney. pic.twitter.com/EdIc6KEZrs— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:02PM So, Zlatan had not outsted Lukaku just yet Rom keeps his place. 7:01PM Here are the teams The team news is in! Here's your #MUFC XI to take on Watford... #WATMUNpic.twitter.com/Ib4RBPywDA— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 6:57PM Laced up Well the banner is up and we're ready to hand out some laces! #watfordfc#ProudHornets ����️‍�� pic.twitter.com/s0wY5Yp4Lx— Proud Hornets (@ProudHornets) November 28, 2017 6:53PM Good evening! Welcome to our live blog of Watford against Man United. Here's a preview. Jose Mourinho believes Marco Silva's Watford are a far better side than the one that gave Manchester United a bloody nose last season. The Red Devils were condemned to their third defeat in a week in September 2016 as late goals from Juan Zuniga and Troy Deeney gave the Hornets a 3-1 win. That period remains the lowest ebb of Mourinho's Old Trafford reign and the United boss is aware just how hard it will be to exact revenge on Tuesday evening. Watford are eighth in the Premier League after their impressive 3-0 win at Newcastle, with manager Silva's fine work leading to admiring glances from rudderless Everton. "Against Watford I was very upset with Watford's first goal after some guy sent (Anthony) Martial to the hospital and the referee let it go," Mourinho said. "That is the reason why I was very, very upset at Watford. I think Watford made also progress. "They have an unusual squad for a mid-table team. "They have a squad full of very good players who are not normal to be in these mid-table teams. They have a good coach. "They have improved a lot from last season too." Mourinho failed to get the better of Silva in their last two meetings, with his Hull side holding United to a goalless draw in the league at Old Trafford just a week after beating them 2-1 in the EFL Cup semi-finals in January - albeit a scoreline that did not prevent the Old Trafford giants from progressing. Zlatan Ibrahimovic starred as the Red Devils went onto triumph at Wembley and is now pushing for his first start since April, having made three substitute appearances after returning from serious knee ligament damage. Marcos Rojo has started the last two matches after being sidelined by a knee issue of his own, although should Phil Jones or Eric Bailly return from injury the Argentina international could be protected. How best to utilise Paul Pogba is another question for Mourinho given the trip to Watford is swiftly followed by a trip to Arsenal on Saturday. The 24-year-old has impressed since returning from a hamstring complaint, completing his first full match in 11 weeks against Brighton. Their returns are bolstered by the continued availability of Romelu Lukaku. Images appeared to show the striker kicking out twice at the Brighton defender Gaetan Bong just before Ashley Young's strike deflected in off Lewis Dunk to secure Mourinho's men a 1-0 win on Saturday. Lukaku was left sweating on FA action as retrospective punishment for violent conduct would incur a three-match ban, ruling him out of the derby clash with Manchester City. However, Press Association Sport understands the striker will face no action from the governing body over the incident. Referee Neil Swarbrick took no action against Lukaku at the time and the incident was confirmed to have been missed by officials at Old Trafford. As a result, a panel of three former elite referees reviewed the footage independently of one another to advise whether they deemed it a sending-off offence. The decision had to be unanimous for a charge to be brought and clearly was not as Lukaku has escaped punishment.
Jose Mourinho has come up with some excuses in his time but explaining Romelu Lukaku’s lack of goals by revealing that his £75 million striker no longer has his own boot endorsement might be the most glorious diversion ever dreamed up by football’s most Machiavellian mind. It was already a strange night’s football by the time that Mourinho came in post-match to analyse a game in which his team had taken a three-goal lead within 31 minutes only almost to throw it all away in the second half when Watford claimed two of their own. This briefly looked like the worst nightmare for a manager whose speciality was once that his teams knew how to shut the door as well as any other, and it took Jesse Lingard to score a brilliant fourth to seal it. In the meantime, United had missed chance after chance, an “open goal” as Mourinho said for Lingard and two good opportunities for Lukaku who was playing in what might only be described as felt-tip Nikes, with the swoosh scribbled out. The outstanding performer had been Ashley Young, back at his first club scoring two first-half goals including a remarkable free-kick for the second, which was greeted by his manager on the bench with a theatrical expression of disbelief. One minute before substitute Troy Deeney scored the first of Watford’s two goals from the penalty spot, Lukaku missed badly, hesitating over his chance and allowing defenders back in between him and the goal. “I think he [Lukaku] needs a big contract with boots because at this moment he doesn’t have a contract with any brand, that’s why he’s playing with black boots,” Mourinho said. “He finished his deal and now he is waiting for the right offer and he is playing in black boots. “I think he needs a brand to give him the right boots and to pay him the right money so he goes back to goals. But jokes apart, he works amazingly well. Amazing player, amazing professional, great condition, great colleague. I couldn’t be happier with him.” Crowd control: Ashley Young celebrates Credit: Getty The United manager said that Nemanja Matic, substituted in the second half, has a “muscular” injury which the club do not yet know the extent of, and it was notable that their problems began when the Serb had left the pitch. Watford’s 77th minute penalty was won by another substitute, Roberto Pereyra, and Watford manager Marco Silva pointed out that it was a foul by Marcos Rojo who was already on a booking. “It was a second yellow card for Rojo,” Silva said, “With eleven against ten it would have been really difficult for them.” There were six of the regulation 90 minutes left when Abdoulaye Doucoure scored a second for Watford from the cross of another substitute, Andre Carillo. In the end, Lingard’s decisive winner was one of the greatest goals he will ever score, running from his own half against a backpedalling Watford defence, zagging through them as he looked for the angle and the range to beat Heurelho Gomes. The Englishman finished beautifully with his right foot having moved to the right in the last few paces and picked his spot. Adrian Mariappa of Watford holds off Anthony Martial of Manchester United Credit: Getty “These teams in mid-table have quality and no pressure,” Mourinho said afterwards. “They don’t feel the pressure teams with other objectives have. They came with everything, they have no problems. They believed with the second goal it would be possible. They gave us a couple of minutes of real pressure, but this is football.” Spoken like a man who really does struggle to feel empathy with other managers. For a while this just seemed like one of those United victories from the days in which they ruled English football: when the opposition were reduced to a pile of rubble by half-time and you could hear a crisp packet blowing across the home end. Against one of the most upwardly mobile teams in the Premier League, Young scored two in 23 minutes. What a peculiar way to behave: Jesse Lingard Credit: AP When Anthony Martial picked off Watford with the third it looked like the home team had embarked with no plan at all, but in the second half they resisted the rout and came back with some goals of their own. “We had chances for 4-0, 5-0, 6-0,” Mourinho said. “We had that in the first half. We finished the first half with a chance from an open goal. We had more in the second half, again and again and we didn’t score. I think they may have had a feeling that it was too easy, they had a feeling that the game was over. They had a feeling that Watford had no conditions to react.” But react they did after conceding two goals from Young, the boy from Stevenage whose career had begun at Watford having originally been rejected by the club as an apprentice. He has fought back from injury to become, against the odds, a key part of this United team, a survivor from the club’s last Premier League winning season of 2012-13. Not over yet: sub Troy Deeney&#39;s penalty sparked an unlikely fightback Credit: AFP The strange thing about Watford’s first half collapse was that for the first 15 minutes they looked solid enough and even asked the occasional question of United. Will Hughes, later injured, roamed behind Andre Gray and probed down the right flank. Young’s first goal was a low half-volley from the right taken quickly after Kiko Femenia, the right wing-back, had lost the ball. It was a strange celebration for his first goal since May 2016, Young appearing to cup his hand to his ear in disdain to the Watford home end which naturally resulted in an angry response. His issue with them was not clear given that his name had been cheered by a few of the home fans when it was read out at the start. Watford vs Man Utd shots on goal It was Doucoure who chased down Paul Pogba on 22 minutes and brought the United man down. Mourinho said he expected Pogba to take the free-kick but Young beat Gomes with fade and power. Just after the half hour Lukaku threaded a pass through to Martial who finished well. That should have been it but Deeney scored from the penalty spot and then Doucoure struck Carillo’s cross first time for the second. This was United’s first away league win since Sept 23, and although it ended with that glorious goal from Lingard it was another night when they almost let themselves down. 9:54PM Full time: Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Eighth time this United have scored four this term. The game seemed absolutely over at 0-3 after 75 minutes, then Rojo gave away a penalty. Watford scored that, and then another, and then just as people were thinking &quot;they couldn&#39;t, could they?&quot; the answer was delivered by Jesse Lingard: &quot;no. no they could not.&quot; He scored a special, special individual goal for the fourth. Ashley Young, though, was the key man: he scored two attractive goals in the first half. United look very good. Certainly very good for a side FIVE points behind the leaders having played a game more. Match report and reaction to follow. Mourinho: &quot;At three nil we should have been smoking cigar. But then we were back in trouble.&quot; 9:48PM 88 mins Lingard immediately subbed off. Zlatan the man who comes on. Watford still plugging away, here&#39;s Richarlison getting to the byline, firing at goal from a very narrow angle. Corner. 9:44PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Jesse Lingard has scored an incredible solo effort. What a run. He breaks on his own, the Watford defence parts like the red sea. Anyone want to maybe try and get a challenge in? Credit: BT Sport 1 Nice confident finish as well by the way. Watford 2 - 4 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 86 min) Lingard finishes it off Credit: BT Sport 1 9:43PM They couldn&#39;t, could they? Here&#39;s hoping... 9:42PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 3 Scenes at Vicarage Road!! Watford 2 - 3 Man Utd (Abdoulaye Doucouré, 84 min) 9:41PM 81 mins United haven&#39;t done anything since the goal. Just sat back and defended. 9:37PM Watford 1 Manchester United 3 Perfect penalty! It&#39;s Troy Deeney from the spot. Low and straight into the corner. No chance DDG. A lifeline? Nah. 9:36PM 75 mins After Lukaku impresses to find some space by using his strength, he gets a shot away. Up the other end, Watford have a penalty after a daft lunge from Rojo. He chopped down Pereyra, from behind, never in danger of getting the ball. Rojo brings down Pereyra Credit: BT Sport 1 9:34PM 73 mins And Lukaku definitely should have scored it! This is a shocker. Rashford slips it to Lukaku, who has tons of space and time. He dithers rather tragically and panics, losing the moment. 9:33PM 72 mins Rashford with a shot. United doing everything but score that fourth. 9:32PM 71 mins Pogba! A flying header but it&#39;s not going in. 9:32PM 70 mins Deeney has come on (Gray off) and nearly gets a chance right away 9:27PM 69 mins Mariappa robs Lukaku (well) and shoots (poorly). 9:26PM 67 mins Rojo has yet to fully convince me for Man United, but he has made some important interventions tonight in his own box. Stops a dangerous Carrillo run and when the ball bounces free a second later, sorts that out as well. 9:25PM 64 mins Martial, who has been exciting, direct and dangerous, is taken off. Rashford on. 9:24PM Z is for Zorro, and Z is for Zorro... and Marvin Zeegelaar of Watford Credit: Getty 9:22PM 63 mins The only things Watford have had going for them have been Hughes, off injured, and Richarlison, who again pops up here at the back stick to go close with a header 9:21PM 62 mins Watford&#39;s defending and midfield play has been consistently a day late and a dollar short. You don&#39;t mind getting outplayed by a United, but the visitors have been first to the ball, sharper and snappier in their work around the pitch and in the contested zones. Deeply unimpressed by Watford. 9:18PM 56 mins Hughes, who has had a good game, has gone down clutching the back of his leg. He is off. This is very courteous and helpful from a Man Utd social media wonk. 57&#39; - Double change for Watford, as Carrillo and Pereyra replace Prodl and the injured Hughes. #MUFC#WATMUN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 9:15PM 54 mins Matic is coming off, not moving too well. This game is won, so they might as well be cautious. 9:11PM 51 mins Martial breaks, has a chance to play Lukaku in but tarries just a quarter of a second too long. Lukaku eventually fed, fires across goal. Watford have not a clue how to defend a break. 9:10PM 50 mins Corner for Watford. De Gea gets trapped between a couple of Hornets. Rojo comes to his rescue and clears with a wonderful defensive header, running at full tilt. 9:05PM 46 mins Watford come out like they mean business, and there&#39;s a decent run from Cleverley down the left. De Gea nabs his cross. 8:51PM Half time: Watford 0 Manchester United 3 A precision beasting. United so dangerous and precise in attack, despite having the minority of the ball. Good luck with that half time team talk, Marco. Perhaps start with &quot;I definitely want to carry on managing you, right, so...&quot; 8:51PM 45 mins Watford&#39;s best moment of the match comes right at the end of it. Good Femenia work down the wing, cross, Richarilson with a header and he hits the bar! Unlucky son. That might have made the second half into a contest. As it stands... 8:48PM 44 mins Oh wow, what a save this is. United break and, I haven&#39;t seen too much of Watford this season, but if this really is the 8th best team in the League, then the Continentals must be laughing up their sleeves at us, eh Nigel? Watford are about as resilient and well organised as a group overtired toddlers in a sweetshop. Lukaku powers down the centre and crunches a shot at goal. Good save Gomez. And the next one is even better. Magnificent reactions as he gets up off the turf to block from point-blank. Lingard it was following in, I think. 8:41PM 40 mins Martial is tearing Watford apart like he was a hairy Welshman. Mariappa into the book for fouling hi, Another freekick in a decent position. No cigar on this occasion. Hit into the wall. 8:39PM 37 mins A minor blip for United as Rojo is booked for blocking off an opponent. 8:32PM GOAL! Man United at it again! This is a pasting A chastening evening for Premier League flavour of the month Marco Silva, who has to watch his team absolutely gubbed by the XI sent out by his countryman. Marco Silva looks nonplussed Credit: BT Sport 1 United have their third when Lukaku finds Martial, who clips it in with a nice side-footed finish. It&#39;s men against boys out there at the moment. Watford opened up there. Gomez didn&#39;t have a chance with that one either. He&#39;s touched the ball three times, and each time to pick it out of the net! Watford 0 - 3 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 32 min) 8:28PM Young blood It was an incredible free. He got it over the wall and then bent it away viciously. Gomez was correctly positioned, it just did too much. That Young free-kick must be the optimum position to get one: dead-centre, about 28 yards out? What a great strike.— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) November 28, 2017 8:26PM GOAL! Ashley Young again! A blinding freekick Ashley Young hits the freekick Credit: BT Sport 1 Goal: Man Utd ( 25 min ) Pick that one out Credit: BT Sport 1 8:24PM 23 mins Hilarious foul by Doucoure. He has to have three goes but he finally brings down Pogba. Rugby tackle, shirt grab, push, kick combo. It gives United a freekick just outside the D, central. 8:23PM Jobs for the old boys Hodgson, Moyes, Allardyce, Pardew. All handed PL jobs this year (or will be soon), combined age of 243, 18 PL stints between them, 0 major honours. It isn&#39;t foreigners holding young British coaches back. It&#39;s old lags and a safety first mentality.— Oscillating Wildly (@OscillateWWFC) November 27, 2017 8:22PM 20 mins Young having a good match, releases Martial down the left. Well defended, but at the expense of a corner. 8:20PM GOAL! Ashley Young scores! The former Watford kid has scored a cracker at his old club. Good strength from Lukaku, he holds it up and plays Lingard, who shows great skill and patience to spot and release Young. Young crushes a shot at the near post, he just hit that so quickly after receiving it. Watford 0 - 1 Man Utd (Ashley Young, 19 min) 8:18PM 17 mins United are managing to be outnumbered in midfield and still have no runners up front when they do get the ball. Where is everybody? 8:17PM 16 mins Perhaps it&#39;s me, I am very weary today, but hard to get engaged with this game. Crowd are very quiet 8:16PM 14 mins Martial as bright as a button, raging down that left, cutting inside, eventually swamped by sheer numbers. 8:13PM 7 mins Clever move ie cheating from Watford. Corner delivered in, Lindelof is marking Richarlison. SebastienProdl pulls Lindelof&#39;s shirt, allowing Richarlison to get free. Might have done more with the header 8:07PM 5 mins Nice ball in from the right looking for Richarlison, who is becoming a real star this season. Lindelof outmuscles him here, though. 8:06PM 4 mins Interesting argument. Television channels don’t know what we want. They’re completely out of touch with real football fans. Brighton v Palace for the first time ever in the Premier League - it’ll be one of the occasions of the PL season - but we get yet another turgid Man Utd game?— Nick Goff (@nickgoff79) November 28, 2017 8:04PM 3 mins You have to go back to 1996 to find the occasion United lost three in a row on the road. Martial kicked on the jaw as he gets his head in. 8:00PM 1 mins United, then. Smalling plays in the middle, Lindelof right, Rojo on the left of their back three. Prodl in the centre for Watford, Mariappa on the right. Lingard making some decent runs, plenty of energy. 7:59PM Back threes for both side? Britos was hurt at the weekend, Prodl comes into the XI. Ten of the 11 are playing their third PL in a row. Rojo into the Man Utd XI. Credit: BT Sport 1 7:56PM Players are out on the pitch Here they come. Ground looks pleasant. Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:47PM Paul Scholes good on Lukaku &quot;I hate seeing him come out of the box, drop back and put his hand up asking for the ball. He is not good enough to do that. Don&#39;t worry about the midfield passing the ball, that is not your business. Get in the job and score a goal, that is your job.&quot; Lukaku failed to get in the box v Chelsea Credit: BT Sport 1 7:45PM Snood Credit: BT Sport 1 7:37PM Again: exceptional work 7:36PM Mourinho wandering around moodily like a man who has just got to his allotment and found that slugs have been at the greengages. Mourinho at Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:35PM Kick off is at 8pm by the way. I was wondering why wee Paul Scholes was still allowed to be standing on the pitch doing his talking. 7:33PM What a tremendous pair of individuals GT and EJ Credit: PA 7:27PM Best Elton album? Hard to look beyond Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, innit? Honky Chateau a valiant contender though, certainly up there. Madman Across The Water in with a shout. 7:26PM Yes Tom �� | Speaking to @btsport ahead of kick-off, Tom Cleverley discusses #watfordfc&#39;s strengths going into tonight&#39;s game with @ManUtd. pic.twitter.com/oiSPK7WHwM— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:24PM Shane O&#39;Leary writes I&#39;m sure that a bright, 21st century glow-grab-bag of high wattage reportage like Baron Tyers is going wrangle the Harry & Megan news of the century into this mud stained, plebian plagued, cider fuelled domestic? So, who&#39;d you fancy? I reckon Watford can take Megan, easy. Come on Honky Chateau! 7:22PM Tom Cleverley meets Owen Hargreaves. Nice use of the foreign footballer&#39;s terminology there from Tom: &quot;we&#39;re in a happy moment.&quot; Nice. Adds: &quot;We are happy playing for him at the minute.&quot; Also, I have awarded a bonus mark for &quot;the so-called top six.&quot; 7:06PM And teams in the old fashioned &#39;words&#39; format Watford: Gomes, Mariappa, Kabasele, Prodl, Femenia, Doucoure, Cleverley, Zeegelaar, Hughes, Gray, Richarlison. Subs: Janmaat, Deeney, Wague, Carrillo, Capoue, Karnezis, Pereyra. Man Utd: de Gea, Lindelof, Smalling, Rojo, Valencia, Pogba, Matic, Young, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Mata, Ibrahimovic, Rashford, Romero, Ander Herrera, Darmian, McTominay. Referee: Jonathan Moss (County Durham) 7:03PM As for the Hornets �� | #watfordfc XI v @ManUtd: Gomes (GK) (C); Mariappa, Prödl, Kabasele; Femenía, Cleverley, Doucouré, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Wagué, Janmaat, Capoue, Carrillo, Pereyra, Deeney. pic.twitter.com/EdIc6KEZrs— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:02PM So, Zlatan had not outsted Lukaku just yet Rom keeps his place. 7:01PM Here are the teams The team news is in! Here&#39;s your #MUFC XI to take on Watford... #WATMUNpic.twitter.com/Ib4RBPywDA— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 6:57PM Laced up Well the banner is up and we&#39;re ready to hand out some laces! #watfordfc#ProudHornets ����️‍�� pic.twitter.com/s0wY5Yp4Lx— Proud Hornets (@ProudHornets) November 28, 2017 6:53PM Good evening! Welcome to our live blog of Watford against Man United. Here&#39;s a preview. Jose Mourinho believes Marco Silva&#39;s Watford are a far better side than the one that gave Manchester United a bloody nose last season. The Red Devils were condemned to their third defeat in a week in September 2016 as late goals from Juan Zuniga and Troy Deeney gave the Hornets a 3-1 win. That period remains the lowest ebb of Mourinho&#39;s Old Trafford reign and the United boss is aware just how hard it will be to exact revenge on Tuesday evening. Watford are eighth in the Premier League after their impressive 3-0 win at Newcastle, with manager Silva&#39;s fine work leading to admiring glances from rudderless Everton. &quot;Against Watford I was very upset with Watford&#39;s first goal after some guy sent (Anthony) Martial to the hospital and the referee let it go,&quot; Mourinho said. &quot;That is the reason why I was very, very upset at Watford. I think Watford made also progress. &quot;They have an unusual squad for a mid-table team. &quot;They have a squad full of very good players who are not normal to be in these mid-table teams. They have a good coach. &quot;They have improved a lot from last season too.&quot; Mourinho failed to get the better of Silva in their last two meetings, with his Hull side holding United to a goalless draw in the league at Old Trafford just a week after beating them 2-1 in the EFL Cup semi-finals in January - albeit a scoreline that did not prevent the Old Trafford giants from progressing. Zlatan Ibrahimovic starred as the Red Devils went onto triumph at Wembley and is now pushing for his first start since April, having made three substitute appearances after returning from serious knee ligament damage. Marcos Rojo has started the last two matches after being sidelined by a knee issue of his own, although should Phil Jones or Eric Bailly return from injury the Argentina international could be protected. How best to utilise Paul Pogba is another question for Mourinho given the trip to Watford is swiftly followed by a trip to Arsenal on Saturday. The 24-year-old has impressed since returning from a hamstring complaint, completing his first full match in 11 weeks against Brighton. Their returns are bolstered by the continued availability of Romelu Lukaku. Images appeared to show the striker kicking out twice at the Brighton defender Gaetan Bong just before Ashley Young&#39;s strike deflected in off Lewis Dunk to secure Mourinho&#39;s men a 1-0 win on Saturday. Lukaku was left sweating on FA action as retrospective punishment for violent conduct would incur a three-match ban, ruling him out of the derby clash with Manchester City. However, Press Association Sport understands the striker will face no action from the governing body over the incident. Referee Neil Swarbrick took no action against Lukaku at the time and the incident was confirmed to have been missed by officials at Old Trafford. As a result, a panel of three former elite referees reviewed the footage independently of one another to advise whether they deemed it a sending-off offence. The decision had to be unanimous for a charge to be brought and clearly was not as Lukaku has escaped punishment.
Watford 2 Manchester United 4: Ashley Young scores brace and Jesse Lingard adds late solo treat
Jose Mourinho has come up with some excuses in his time but explaining Romelu Lukaku’s lack of goals by revealing that his £75 million striker no longer has his own boot endorsement might be the most glorious diversion ever dreamed up by football’s most Machiavellian mind. It was already a strange night’s football by the time that Mourinho came in post-match to analyse a game in which his team had taken a three-goal lead within 31 minutes only almost to throw it all away in the second half when Watford claimed two of their own. This briefly looked like the worst nightmare for a manager whose speciality was once that his teams knew how to shut the door as well as any other, and it took Jesse Lingard to score a brilliant fourth to seal it. In the meantime, United had missed chance after chance, an “open goal” as Mourinho said for Lingard and two good opportunities for Lukaku who was playing in what might only be described as felt-tip Nikes, with the swoosh scribbled out. The outstanding performer had been Ashley Young, back at his first club scoring two first-half goals including a remarkable free-kick for the second, which was greeted by his manager on the bench with a theatrical expression of disbelief. One minute before substitute Troy Deeney scored the first of Watford’s two goals from the penalty spot, Lukaku missed badly, hesitating over his chance and allowing defenders back in between him and the goal. “I think he [Lukaku] needs a big contract with boots because at this moment he doesn’t have a contract with any brand, that’s why he’s playing with black boots,” Mourinho said. “He finished his deal and now he is waiting for the right offer and he is playing in black boots. “I think he needs a brand to give him the right boots and to pay him the right money so he goes back to goals. But jokes apart, he works amazingly well. Amazing player, amazing professional, great condition, great colleague. I couldn’t be happier with him.” Crowd control: Ashley Young celebrates Credit: Getty The United manager said that Nemanja Matic, substituted in the second half, has a “muscular” injury which the club do not yet know the extent of, and it was notable that their problems began when the Serb had left the pitch. Watford’s 77th minute penalty was won by another substitute, Roberto Pereyra, and Watford manager Marco Silva pointed out that it was a foul by Marcos Rojo who was already on a booking. “It was a second yellow card for Rojo,” Silva said, “With eleven against ten it would have been really difficult for them.” There were six of the regulation 90 minutes left when Abdoulaye Doucoure scored a second for Watford from the cross of another substitute, Andre Carillo. In the end, Lingard’s decisive winner was one of the greatest goals he will ever score, running from his own half against a backpedalling Watford defence, zagging through them as he looked for the angle and the range to beat Heurelho Gomes. The Englishman finished beautifully with his right foot having moved to the right in the last few paces and picked his spot. Adrian Mariappa of Watford holds off Anthony Martial of Manchester United Credit: Getty “These teams in mid-table have quality and no pressure,” Mourinho said afterwards. “They don’t feel the pressure teams with other objectives have. They came with everything, they have no problems. They believed with the second goal it would be possible. They gave us a couple of minutes of real pressure, but this is football.” Spoken like a man who really does struggle to feel empathy with other managers. For a while this just seemed like one of those United victories from the days in which they ruled English football: when the opposition were reduced to a pile of rubble by half-time and you could hear a crisp packet blowing across the home end. Against one of the most upwardly mobile teams in the Premier League, Young scored two in 23 minutes. What a peculiar way to behave: Jesse Lingard Credit: AP When Anthony Martial picked off Watford with the third it looked like the home team had embarked with no plan at all, but in the second half they resisted the rout and came back with some goals of their own. “We had chances for 4-0, 5-0, 6-0,” Mourinho said. “We had that in the first half. We finished the first half with a chance from an open goal. We had more in the second half, again and again and we didn’t score. I think they may have had a feeling that it was too easy, they had a feeling that the game was over. They had a feeling that Watford had no conditions to react.” But react they did after conceding two goals from Young, the boy from Stevenage whose career had begun at Watford having originally been rejected by the club as an apprentice. He has fought back from injury to become, against the odds, a key part of this United team, a survivor from the club’s last Premier League winning season of 2012-13. Not over yet: sub Troy Deeney's penalty sparked an unlikely fightback Credit: AFP The strange thing about Watford’s first half collapse was that for the first 15 minutes they looked solid enough and even asked the occasional question of United. Will Hughes, later injured, roamed behind Andre Gray and probed down the right flank. Young’s first goal was a low half-volley from the right taken quickly after Kiko Femenia, the right wing-back, had lost the ball. It was a strange celebration for his first goal since May 2016, Young appearing to cup his hand to his ear in disdain to the Watford home end which naturally resulted in an angry response. His issue with them was not clear given that his name had been cheered by a few of the home fans when it was read out at the start. Watford vs Man Utd shots on goal It was Doucoure who chased down Paul Pogba on 22 minutes and brought the United man down. Mourinho said he expected Pogba to take the free-kick but Young beat Gomes with fade and power. Just after the half hour Lukaku threaded a pass through to Martial who finished well. That should have been it but Deeney scored from the penalty spot and then Doucoure struck Carillo’s cross first time for the second. This was United’s first away league win since Sept 23, and although it ended with that glorious goal from Lingard it was another night when they almost let themselves down. 9:54PM Full time: Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Eighth time this United have scored four this term. The game seemed absolutely over at 0-3 after 75 minutes, then Rojo gave away a penalty. Watford scored that, and then another, and then just as people were thinking "they couldn't, could they?" the answer was delivered by Jesse Lingard: "no. no they could not." He scored a special, special individual goal for the fourth. Ashley Young, though, was the key man: he scored two attractive goals in the first half. United look very good. Certainly very good for a side FIVE points behind the leaders having played a game more. Match report and reaction to follow. Mourinho: "At three nil we should have been smoking cigar. But then we were back in trouble." 9:48PM 88 mins Lingard immediately subbed off. Zlatan the man who comes on. Watford still plugging away, here's Richarlison getting to the byline, firing at goal from a very narrow angle. Corner. 9:44PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Jesse Lingard has scored an incredible solo effort. What a run. He breaks on his own, the Watford defence parts like the red sea. Anyone want to maybe try and get a challenge in? Credit: BT Sport 1 Nice confident finish as well by the way. Watford 2 - 4 Man Utd (Jesse Lingard, 86 min) Lingard finishes it off Credit: BT Sport 1 9:43PM They couldn't, could they? Here's hoping... 9:42PM GOAL! Watford 2 Manchester United 3 Scenes at Vicarage Road!! Watford 2 - 3 Man Utd (Abdoulaye Doucouré, 84 min) 9:41PM 81 mins United haven't done anything since the goal. Just sat back and defended. 9:37PM Watford 1 Manchester United 3 Perfect penalty! It's Troy Deeney from the spot. Low and straight into the corner. No chance DDG. A lifeline? Nah. 9:36PM 75 mins After Lukaku impresses to find some space by using his strength, he gets a shot away. Up the other end, Watford have a penalty after a daft lunge from Rojo. He chopped down Pereyra, from behind, never in danger of getting the ball. Rojo brings down Pereyra Credit: BT Sport 1 9:34PM 73 mins And Lukaku definitely should have scored it! This is a shocker. Rashford slips it to Lukaku, who has tons of space and time. He dithers rather tragically and panics, losing the moment. 9:33PM 72 mins Rashford with a shot. United doing everything but score that fourth. 9:32PM 71 mins Pogba! A flying header but it's not going in. 9:32PM 70 mins Deeney has come on (Gray off) and nearly gets a chance right away 9:27PM 69 mins Mariappa robs Lukaku (well) and shoots (poorly). 9:26PM 67 mins Rojo has yet to fully convince me for Man United, but he has made some important interventions tonight in his own box. Stops a dangerous Carrillo run and when the ball bounces free a second later, sorts that out as well. 9:25PM 64 mins Martial, who has been exciting, direct and dangerous, is taken off. Rashford on. 9:24PM Z is for Zorro, and Z is for Zorro... and Marvin Zeegelaar of Watford Credit: Getty 9:22PM 63 mins The only things Watford have had going for them have been Hughes, off injured, and Richarlison, who again pops up here at the back stick to go close with a header 9:21PM 62 mins Watford's defending and midfield play has been consistently a day late and a dollar short. You don't mind getting outplayed by a United, but the visitors have been first to the ball, sharper and snappier in their work around the pitch and in the contested zones. Deeply unimpressed by Watford. 9:18PM 56 mins Hughes, who has had a good game, has gone down clutching the back of his leg. He is off. This is very courteous and helpful from a Man Utd social media wonk. 57' - Double change for Watford, as Carrillo and Pereyra replace Prodl and the injured Hughes. #MUFC#WATMUN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017 9:15PM 54 mins Matic is coming off, not moving too well. This game is won, so they might as well be cautious. 9:11PM 51 mins Martial breaks, has a chance to play Lukaku in but tarries just a quarter of a second too long. Lukaku eventually fed, fires across goal. Watford have not a clue how to defend a break. 9:10PM 50 mins Corner for Watford. De Gea gets trapped between a couple of Hornets. Rojo comes to his rescue and clears with a wonderful defensive header, running at full tilt. 9:05PM 46 mins Watford come out like they mean business, and there's a decent run from Cleverley down the left. De Gea nabs his cross. 8:51PM Half time: Watford 0 Manchester United 3 A precision beasting. United so dangerous and precise in attack, despite having the minority of the ball. Good luck with that half time team talk, Marco. Perhaps start with "I definitely want to carry on managing you, right, so..." 8:51PM 45 mins Watford's best moment of the match comes right at the end of it. Good Femenia work down the wing, cross, Richarilson with a header and he hits the bar! Unlucky son. That might have made the second half into a contest. As it stands... 8:48PM 44 mins Oh wow, what a save this is. United break and, I haven't seen too much of Watford this season, but if this really is the 8th best team in the League, then the Continentals must be laughing up their sleeves at us, eh Nigel? Watford are about as resilient and well organised as a group overtired toddlers in a sweetshop. Lukaku powers down the centre and crunches a shot at goal. Good save Gomez. And the next one is even better. Magnificent reactions as he gets up off the turf to block from point-blank. Lingard it was following in, I think. 8:41PM 40 mins Martial is tearing Watford apart like he was a hairy Welshman. Mariappa into the book for fouling hi, Another freekick in a decent position. No cigar on this occasion. Hit into the wall. 8:39PM 37 mins A minor blip for United as Rojo is booked for blocking off an opponent. 8:32PM GOAL! Man United at it again! This is a pasting A chastening evening for Premier League flavour of the month Marco Silva, who has to watch his team absolutely gubbed by the XI sent out by his countryman. Marco Silva looks nonplussed Credit: BT Sport 1 United have their third when Lukaku finds Martial, who clips it in with a nice side-footed finish. It's men against boys out there at the moment. Watford opened up there. Gomez didn't have a chance with that one either. He's touched the ball three times, and each time to pick it out of the net! Watford 0 - 3 Man Utd (Anthony Martial, 32 min) 8:28PM Young blood It was an incredible free. He got it over the wall and then bent it away viciously. Gomez was correctly positioned, it just did too much. That Young free-kick must be the optimum position to get one: dead-centre, about 28 yards out? What a great strike.— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) November 28, 2017 8:26PM GOAL! Ashley Young again! A blinding freekick Ashley Young hits the freekick Credit: BT Sport 1 Goal: Man Utd ( 25 min ) Pick that one out Credit: BT Sport 1 8:24PM 23 mins Hilarious foul by Doucoure. He has to have three goes but he finally brings down Pogba. Rugby tackle, shirt grab, push, kick combo. It gives United a freekick just outside the D, central. 8:23PM Jobs for the old boys Hodgson, Moyes, Allardyce, Pardew. All handed PL jobs this year (or will be soon), combined age of 243, 18 PL stints between them, 0 major honours. It isn't foreigners holding young British coaches back. It's old lags and a safety first mentality.— Oscillating Wildly (@OscillateWWFC) November 27, 2017 8:22PM 20 mins Young having a good match, releases Martial down the left. Well defended, but at the expense of a corner. 8:20PM GOAL! Ashley Young scores! The former Watford kid has scored a cracker at his old club. Good strength from Lukaku, he holds it up and plays Lingard, who shows great skill and patience to spot and release Young. Young crushes a shot at the near post, he just hit that so quickly after receiving it. Watford 0 - 1 Man Utd (Ashley Young, 19 min) 8:18PM 17 mins United are managing to be outnumbered in midfield and still have no runners up front when they do get the ball. Where is everybody? 8:17PM 16 mins Perhaps it's me, I am very weary today, but hard to get engaged with this game. Crowd are very quiet 8:16PM 14 mins Martial as bright as a button, raging down that left, cutting inside, eventually swamped by sheer numbers. 8:13PM 7 mins Clever move ie cheating from Watford. Corner delivered in, Lindelof is marking Richarlison. SebastienProdl pulls Lindelof's shirt, allowing Richarlison to get free. Might have done more with the header 8:07PM 5 mins Nice ball in from the right looking for Richarlison, who is becoming a real star this season. Lindelof outmuscles him here, though. 8:06PM 4 mins Interesting argument. Television channels don’t know what we want. They’re completely out of touch with real football fans. Brighton v Palace for the first time ever in the Premier League - it’ll be one of the occasions of the PL season - but we get yet another turgid Man Utd game?— Nick Goff (@nickgoff79) November 28, 2017 8:04PM 3 mins You have to go back to 1996 to find the occasion United lost three in a row on the road. Martial kicked on the jaw as he gets his head in. 8:00PM 1 mins United, then. Smalling plays in the middle, Lindelof right, Rojo on the left of their back three. Prodl in the centre for Watford, Mariappa on the right. Lingard making some decent runs, plenty of energy. 7:59PM Back threes for both side? Britos was hurt at the weekend, Prodl comes into the XI. Ten of the 11 are playing their third PL in a row. Rojo into the Man Utd XI. Credit: BT Sport 1 7:56PM Players are out on the pitch Here they come. Ground looks pleasant. Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:47PM Paul Scholes good on Lukaku "I hate seeing him come out of the box, drop back and put his hand up asking for the ball. He is not good enough to do that. Don't worry about the midfield passing the ball, that is not your business. Get in the job and score a goal, that is your job." Lukaku failed to get in the box v Chelsea Credit: BT Sport 1 7:45PM Snood Credit: BT Sport 1 7:37PM Again: exceptional work 7:36PM Mourinho wandering around moodily like a man who has just got to his allotment and found that slugs have been at the greengages. Mourinho at Vicarage Road Credit: BT Sport 1 7:35PM Kick off is at 8pm by the way. I was wondering why wee Paul Scholes was still allowed to be standing on the pitch doing his talking. 7:33PM What a tremendous pair of individuals GT and EJ Credit: PA 7:27PM Best Elton album? Hard to look beyond Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, innit? Honky Chateau a valiant contender though, certainly up there. Madman Across The Water in with a shout. 7:26PM Yes Tom �� | Speaking to @btsport ahead of kick-off, Tom Cleverley discusses #watfordfc's strengths going into tonight's game with @ManUtd. pic.twitter.com/oiSPK7WHwM— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2017 7:24PM Shane O'Leary writes I'm sure that a bright, 21st century glow-grab-bag of high wattage reportage like Baron Tyers is going wrangle the Harry & Megan news of the century into this mud stained, plebian plagued, cider fuelled domestic? So, who'd you fancy? I reckon Watford can take Megan, easy. Come on Honky Chateau! 7:22PM Tom Cleverley meets O