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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Watford 2 Manchester United 4: Ashley Young scores brace and Jesse Lingard adds late solo treat

There was a time when a three-goal lead for a Jose Mourinho team was a bankable victory but it was not until Jesse Lingard ran from his own half to score a fourth just four minutes from time at Vicarage Road that the Manchester United manager at last looked as if he could be sure of it. They had scored three goals in the first 31 minutes and for a while this just felt like one of those United victories from the days they ruled English football: when the opposition are reduced to a pile of rubble by half-time and you can hear a crisp packet blowing across the home end. Against one of the most upwardly mobile teams in the Premier League, Ashley Young had the first two, both of them brilliant strikes from a man who is one of the old guard at Old Trafford. Watford had been an embarrassment to their promising young manager and Marco Silva himself was aware that he was getting something of a clinic in counter-attacking football from his old friend in the away dugout. 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. The substitute Roberto Pereyra had an influence on the game, winning the penalty which Troy Deeney, another second half introduction, converted. Then it was substitute Andre Carillo’s cross for the second goal, finished by Abdoulaye Doucoure. Doucoure had been tormented by United for much of the first half so it was to his credit that he hung in there.  United were starting to rock a little and Lingard's brilliant solo effort was timely for the visitors. They had lost Nemanja Matic to injury and a team that had dropped back and allowed the home side to attack suddenly looked vulnerable. At half-time it had looked like it was all over with the night belonging to Young, a former Watford man. On the bench, the television cameras caught Mourinho reacting with theatrical disbelief to Young’s second, a violently hit free-kick that caught Heurelho Gomes off balance and shattered the confidence of the home team. For Young, whose career had begun at Watford as a teenager, having originally been rejected as an apprentice, this was one of those nights in the late stages of a career that he will treasure forever. 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 2013. This was their first away league win since beating Southampton on Sept 23 and moves them to within five points of leaders Manchester City, who have a game in hand. 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, re-imagined as an attacking No 10 for the Premier League by Marco Silva, roamed behind Andre Gray and probed down the left flank. Even Abdoulaye Doucoure looked, briefly, as if he might give Paul Pogba a run for his money. Doucoure’s first half was Watford’s personified: small errors leading to bigger errors, and resulting in a general catastrophe for the home team. Everything that could go wrong generally did and they were lucky not to go in four goals behind. Young is from Stevenage, 30 miles north of Watford, a footballer who fought for his career in its early stages when he was initially rejected at Vicarage Road, and he is reluctant to give it up now at the age of 32. His first goal was a low, hard half-volley from the right taken quickly after Kiko Femenia, the right wing-back, had lost the ball and Young seized his chance. It was a strange celebration, 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 quite clear given that his name had been cheered by a few of the home fans when it was read out at the start. But this was Young’s night and nothing was going to stop him.    It was Doucoure who chased down Pogba on 22 minutes and reached a speculative foot through the great strides of the France maestro, brought the United man down and found himself booked. It looked like Pogba might have the free-kick himself but he deferred to the right foot of Young. Young bent the free-kick away from Heurelho Gomes and past his right hand with plenty of fade and power but the goalkeeper should have done better. Just after the half hour there was a third when Christian Kabasele’s weak clearing header was picked up by Romelu Lukaku and threaded through to Martial. The Frenchman, operating wide of Lukaku, took the chance early and decisively and Watford looked broken. Only Gomes prevented the fourth at the end of the half when he saved from Lukaku and then got up to stop Jesse Lingard scoring the rebound. Just before Watford scored their two goals, Lukaku had hesitated fatally over a chance on 75 minutes and allowed himself to be crowded out. Then Watford struck with the goals from Deeney from the penalty spot and then Doucoure, finishing first time. The comeback was improbably on and it took a moment of brilliance from Lingard to settle the game. He ran from his own half against a backpedalling Watford defence, zagging through them as he looked for the angle and the range to beat Gomes. The Englishman finished beautifully with his right foot having moved right in the last few paces. Finally United could be sure of victory although they might well have thought that after the first 31 minutes.   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. 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.

First openly gay referee Ryan Atkin says Rainbow Laces is a start, but big-name players must do more

Ryan Atkin recalls a game at Stevenage this season when he was fourth official and afterwards was tweeted by a 12-year-old boy who had recognised Atkin after English football’s only openly gay professional referee spoke publicly about his sexuality for the first time in August. The message was to tell Atkin that the boy and his father had resolved that if there had been any homophobic abuse from the stands, which there was not, then the two of them would have confronted it on his behalf. It was, Atkin, 32, says, one of the many messages of support he has received since he came out from all across the game and beyond in what has been a largely positive experience for him in a sport which still does not have a high-profile openly gay footballer. Atkin referees in the sixth tier National League South, as well as some fourth official duties in the Football League and his next game is Watford Under-23s against their Millwall counterparts on Monday. He is a key figure in the Rainbow Laces campaign, supported by The Daily Telegraph, to make all sport, including football, a more welcoming and inclusive environment for LGBT people. Atkin is clear that while efforts have been made in tackling homophobia, more can be done. “I don’t think as much education has gone into inclusivity and acceptance. We have made great strides when it has come to racism and making sure we treat people from all ethnic backgrounds equally. For me the rainbow laces campaign is about the building blocks to making change.” Starting with West Ham’s home game against Leicester on Friday night, players will be invited to wear the rainbow laces to “Come out for LGBT” over a 10-day period, with support from Team GB, and governing bodies including those in cycling, rugby and cricket. The Premier League has announced a three-year partnership with LGBT rights campaigners Stonewall to promote equality in the game. Ryan Atkin is the first openly gay referee in English football  Credit: Christopher Pledger /The Telegraph  There will be rainbow armbands for Premier League captains and a rainbow theme for the fourth officials’ boards although Atkin, a senior manager with Virgin Trains East Coast in his day job, would like to it to go further with big names in the sport being explicit about their support for LGBT equality. “There are key players in football who could make a difference by saying simply that homophobic abuse and homophobic comments are not acceptable,” he says. “Gary Lineker wore Rainbow Laces on Match of the Day last year but he didn’t say those words. There are big names like Sir Alex Ferguson, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo but none of them have said it: that if you are going to be homophobic, then don’t participate in sport. It needs people who the younger generation look up to. These are the people who can challenge behaviours.” On the subject of the first high-profile gay footballer, Atkin points out that the modern players lead very private lives whether they are heterosexual or gay. “They might be comfortable with how they live their lives. How many stories do you read these days about footballers’ lives? This isn’t Hollywood. Why would they upset the life they have by coming out? It obviously we would be great for the LGBT community but we respect that people don’t have to do it.” Premier League captains will wear rainbow armbands in support of Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign  Credit: Reuters Among the 92 clubs of the Premier League and Football League, only Charlton Athletic have an affiliated LGBT-friendly team who wear the club’s kit and use their training facilities. Charlton Invicta play in the London Unity League and the Kent Sunday Junior Trophy and are run by player-manager Gary Ginnaw, 34, a cost lawyer and lifelong Charlton supporter. “For me having Johnnie Jackson [Charlton’s first team captain] come to our launch and speak on television about us, I’m incredibly grateful for all the club have done.” Ginnaw came out to family and friends when he was 24 and gave up playing football for his 20s because he did not want the scrutiny around his sexuality that he felt being in a team would bring. Being gay is not a pre-requisite to play for Charlton Invicta, and two-thirds of the team are heterosexual, rather it is a LGBT-friendly environment in which gay players can be certain of acceptance. “We played one game in the cup and my dad, who is my assistant manager, heard some comments beforehand from the opposition along the lines of ‘This is the gay team, we better watch ourselves’,” Ginnaw says. “After the game their perception was how well we had played. There are a lot of people who don’t know an openly gay man or woman. Until they meet you and speak to you they see we are not a bad team. Then views start to change.” Atkin says even more can be done to promote LGBT rights and end homophobia by key figures in football   Credit: Christopher Pledger /The Telegraph  Ginnaw is a passionate Charlton supporter and feels that the club’s strong history of fan activism means it would have an enlightened attitude towards a gay player, recalling just one incident when he heard homophobic language being used. “When the first big player comes out there might be a backlash,” he says. “The most important thing for him will be that he has the support of his team-mates, the fans and football authorities. In the end fans don’t care who a player is sharing his bed with, they care he’s doing his job well.” Many clubs now have affiliated LGBT supporter groups, including West Ham’s Pride of Irons which has a 194-strong membership. Their co-chairman Jim Dolan, 36, a banking consultant, says the club have been very supportive and last month they focussed on awareness to counter the potential for homophobic chants in the home game against Brighton and Hove Albion. It went so well that the club received a commendation from the Premier League. It is the small things that matter to fans: the club stock rainbow merchandise in their official store and for the LGBT Pride event in London in July sent along Hammerhead, the club mascot. “We have many in our group in their 40s and 50s,” Dolan says. “It is not just hip young people trying to change the world, its people who have come to games for years and sometimes put up with some horrible stuff. We are not new, we have always been there.”

First openly gay referee Ryan Atkin says Rainbow Laces is a start, but big-name players must do more

Ryan Atkin recalls a game at Stevenage this season when he was fourth official and afterwards was tweeted by a 12-year-old boy who had recognised Atkin after English football’s only openly gay professional referee spoke publicly about his sexuality for the first time in August. The message was to tell Atkin that the boy and his father had resolved that if there had been any homophobic abuse from the stands, which there was not, then the two of them would have confronted it on his behalf. It was, Atkin, 32, says, one of the many messages of support he has received since he came out from all across the game and beyond in what has been a largely positive experience for him in a sport which still does not have a high-profile openly gay footballer. Atkin referees in the sixth tier National League South, as well as some fourth official duties in the Football League and his next game is Watford Under-23s against their Millwall counterparts on Monday. He is a key figure in the Rainbow Laces campaign, supported by The Daily Telegraph, to make all sport, including football, a more welcoming and inclusive environment for LGBT people. Atkin is clear that while efforts have been made in tackling homophobia, more can be done. “I don’t think as much education has gone into inclusivity and acceptance. We have made great strides when it has come to racism and making sure we treat people from all ethnic backgrounds equally. For me the rainbow laces campaign is about the building blocks to making change.” Starting with West Ham’s home game against Leicester on Friday night, players will be invited to wear the rainbow laces to “Come out for LGBT” over a 10-day period, with support from Team GB, and governing bodies including those in cycling, rugby and cricket. The Premier League has announced a three-year partnership with LGBT rights campaigners Stonewall to promote equality in the game. Ryan Atkin is the first openly gay referee in English football  Credit: Christopher Pledger /The Telegraph  There will be rainbow armbands for Premier League captains and a rainbow theme for the fourth officials’ boards although Atkin, a senior manager with Virgin Trains East Coast in his day job, would like to it to go further with big names in the sport being explicit about their support for LGBT equality. “There are key players in football who could make a difference by saying simply that homophobic abuse and homophobic comments are not acceptable,” he says. “Gary Lineker wore Rainbow Laces on Match of the Day last year but he didn’t say those words. There are big names like Sir Alex Ferguson, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo but none of them have said it: that if you are going to be homophobic, then don’t participate in sport. It needs people who the younger generation look up to. These are the people who can challenge behaviours.” On the subject of the first high-profile gay footballer, Atkin points out that the modern players lead very private lives whether they are heterosexual or gay. “They might be comfortable with how they live their lives. How many stories do you read these days about footballers’ lives? This isn’t Hollywood. Why would they upset the life they have by coming out? It obviously we would be great for the LGBT community but we respect that people don’t have to do it.” Premier League captains will wear rainbow armbands in support of Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign  Credit: Reuters Among the 92 clubs of the Premier League and Football League, only Charlton Athletic have an affiliated LGBT-friendly team who wear the club’s kit and use their training facilities. Charlton Invicta play in the London Unity League and the Kent Sunday Junior Trophy and are run by player-manager Gary Ginnaw, 34, a cost lawyer and lifelong Charlton supporter. “For me having Johnnie Jackson [Charlton’s first team captain] come to our launch and speak on television about us, I’m incredibly grateful for all the club have done.” Ginnaw came out to family and friends when he was 24 and gave up playing football for his 20s because he did not want the scrutiny around his sexuality that he felt being in a team would bring. Being gay is not a pre-requisite to play for Charlton Invicta, and two-thirds of the team are heterosexual, rather it is a LGBT-friendly environment in which gay players can be certain of acceptance. “We played one game in the cup and my dad, who is my assistant manager, heard some comments beforehand from the opposition along the lines of ‘This is the gay team, we better watch ourselves’,” Ginnaw says. “After the game their perception was how well we had played. There are a lot of people who don’t know an openly gay man or woman. Until they meet you and speak to you they see we are not a bad team. Then views start to change.” Atkin says even more can be done to promote LGBT rights and end homophobia by key figures in football   Credit: Christopher Pledger /The Telegraph  Ginnaw is a passionate Charlton supporter and feels that the club’s strong history of fan activism means it would have an enlightened attitude towards a gay player, recalling just one incident when he heard homophobic language being used. “When the first big player comes out there might be a backlash,” he says. “The most important thing for him will be that he has the support of his team-mates, the fans and football authorities. In the end fans don’t care who a player is sharing his bed with, they care he’s doing his job well.” Many clubs now have affiliated LGBT supporter groups, including West Ham’s Pride of Irons which has a 194-strong membership. Their co-chairman Jim Dolan, 36, a banking consultant, says the club have been very supportive and last month they focussed on awareness to counter the potential for homophobic chants in the home game against Brighton and Hove Albion. It went so well that the club received a commendation from the Premier League. It is the small things that matter to fans: the club stock rainbow merchandise in their official store and for the LGBT Pride event in London in July sent along Hammerhead, the club mascot. “We have many in our group in their 40s and 50s,” Dolan says. “It is not just hip young people trying to change the world, its people who have come to games for years and sometimes put up with some horrible stuff. We are not new, we have always been there.”

First openly gay referee Ryan Atkin says Rainbow Laces is a start, but big-name players must do more

Ryan Atkin recalls a game at Stevenage this season when he was fourth official and afterwards was tweeted by a 12-year-old boy who had recognised Atkin after English football’s only openly gay professional referee spoke publicly about his sexuality for the first time in August. The message was to tell Atkin that the boy and his father had resolved that if there had been any homophobic abuse from the stands, which there was not, then the two of them would have confronted it on his behalf. It was, Atkin, 32, says, one of the many messages of support he has received since he came out from all across the game and beyond in what has been a largely positive experience for him in a sport which still does not have a high-profile openly gay footballer. Atkin referees in the sixth tier National League South, as well as some fourth official duties in the Football League and his next game is Watford Under-23s against their Millwall counterparts on Monday. He is a key figure in the Rainbow Laces campaign, supported by The Daily Telegraph, to make all sport, including football, a more welcoming and inclusive environment for LGBT people. Atkin is clear that while efforts have been made in tackling homophobia, more can be done. “I don’t think as much education has gone into inclusivity and acceptance. We have made great strides when it has come to racism and making sure we treat people from all ethnic backgrounds equally. For me the rainbow laces campaign is about the building blocks to making change.” Starting with West Ham’s home game against Leicester on Friday night, players will be invited to wear the rainbow laces to “Come out for LGBT” over a 10-day period, with support from Team GB, and governing bodies including those in cycling, rugby and cricket. The Premier League has announced a three-year partnership with LGBT rights campaigners Stonewall to promote equality in the game. Ryan Atkin is the first openly gay referee in English football  Credit: Christopher Pledger /The Telegraph  There will be rainbow armbands for Premier League captains and a rainbow theme for the fourth officials’ boards although Atkin, a senior manager with Virgin Trains East Coast in his day job, would like to it to go further with big names in the sport being explicit about their support for LGBT equality. “There are key players in football who could make a difference by saying simply that homophobic abuse and homophobic comments are not acceptable,” he says. “Gary Lineker wore Rainbow Laces on Match of the Day last year but he didn’t say those words. There are big names like Sir Alex Ferguson, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo but none of them have said it: that if you are going to be homophobic, then don’t participate in sport. It needs people who the younger generation look up to. These are the people who can challenge behaviours.” On the subject of the first high-profile gay footballer, Atkin points out that the modern players lead very private lives whether they are heterosexual or gay. “They might be comfortable with how they live their lives. How many stories do you read these days about footballers’ lives? This isn’t Hollywood. Why would they upset the life they have by coming out? It obviously we would be great for the LGBT community but we respect that people don’t have to do it.” Premier League captains will wear rainbow armbands in support of Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign  Credit: Reuters Among the 92 clubs of the Premier League and Football League, only Charlton Athletic have an affiliated LGBT-friendly team who wear the club’s kit and use their training facilities. Charlton Invicta play in the London Unity League and the Kent Sunday Junior Trophy and are run by player-manager Gary Ginnaw, 34, a cost lawyer and lifelong Charlton supporter. “For me having Johnnie Jackson [Charlton’s first team captain] come to our launch and speak on television about us, I’m incredibly grateful for all the club have done.” Ginnaw came out to family and friends when he was 24 and gave up playing football for his 20s because he did not want the scrutiny around his sexuality that he felt being in a team would bring. Being gay is not a pre-requisite to play for Charlton Invicta, and two-thirds of the team are heterosexual, rather it is a LGBT-friendly environment in which gay players can be certain of acceptance. “We played one game in the cup and my dad, who is my assistant manager, heard some comments beforehand from the opposition along the lines of ‘This is the gay team, we better watch ourselves’,” Ginnaw says. “After the game their perception was how well we had played. There are a lot of people who don’t know an openly gay man or woman. Until they meet you and speak to you they see we are not a bad team. Then views start to change.” Atkin says even more can be done to promote LGBT rights and end homophobia by key figures in football   Credit: Christopher Pledger /The Telegraph  Ginnaw is a passionate Charlton supporter and feels that the club’s strong history of fan activism means it would have an enlightened attitude towards a gay player, recalling just one incident when he heard homophobic language being used. “When the first big player comes out there might be a backlash,” he says. “The most important thing for him will be that he has the support of his team-mates, the fans and football authorities. In the end fans don’t care who a player is sharing his bed with, they care he’s doing his job well.” Many clubs now have affiliated LGBT supporter groups, including West Ham’s Pride of Irons which has a 194-strong membership. Their co-chairman Jim Dolan, 36, a banking consultant, says the club have been very supportive and last month they focussed on awareness to counter the potential for homophobic chants in the home game against Brighton and Hove Albion. It went so well that the club received a commendation from the Premier League. It is the small things that matter to fans: the club stock rainbow merchandise in their official store and for the LGBT Pride event in London in July sent along Hammerhead, the club mascot. “We have many in our group in their 40s and 50s,” Dolan says. “It is not just hip young people trying to change the world, its people who have come to games for years and sometimes put up with some horrible stuff. We are not new, we have always been there.”

First openly gay referee Ryan Atkin says Rainbow Laces is a start, but big-name players must do more

Ryan Atkin recalls a game at Stevenage this season when he was fourth official and afterwards was tweeted by a 12-year-old boy who had recognised Atkin after English football’s only openly gay professional referee spoke publicly about his sexuality for the first time in August. The message was to tell Atkin that the boy and his father had resolved that if there had been any homophobic abuse from the stands, which there was not, then the two of them would have confronted it on his behalf. It was, Atkin, 32, says, one of the many messages of support he has received since he came out from all across the game and beyond in what has been a largely positive experience for him in a sport which still does not have a high-profile openly gay footballer. Atkin referees in the sixth tier National League South, as well as some fourth official duties in the Football League and his next game is Watford Under-23s against their Millwall counterparts on Monday. He is a key figure in the Rainbow Laces campaign, supported by The Daily Telegraph, to make all sport, including football, a more welcoming and inclusive environment for LGBT people. Atkin is clear that while efforts have been made in tackling homophobia, more can be done. “I don’t think as much education has gone into inclusivity and acceptance. We have made great strides when it has come to racism and making sure we treat people from all ethnic backgrounds equally. For me the rainbow laces campaign is about the building blocks to making change.” Starting with West Ham’s home game against Leicester on Friday night, players will be invited to wear the rainbow laces to “Come out for LGBT” over a 10-day period, with support from Team GB, and governing bodies including those in cycling, rugby and cricket. The Premier League has announced a three-year partnership with LGBT rights campaigners Stonewall to promote equality in the game. Ryan Atkin is the first openly gay referee in English football  Credit: Christopher Pledger /The Telegraph  There will be rainbow armbands for Premier League captains and a rainbow theme for the fourth officials’ boards although Atkin, a senior manager with Virgin Trains East Coast in his day job, would like to it to go further with big names in the sport being explicit about their support for LGBT equality. “There are key players in football who could make a difference by saying simply that homophobic abuse and homophobic comments are not acceptable,” he says. “Gary Lineker wore Rainbow Laces on Match of the Day last year but he didn’t say those words. There are big names like Sir Alex Ferguson, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo but none of them have said it: that if you are going to be homophobic, then don’t participate in sport. It needs people who the younger generation look up to. These are the people who can challenge behaviours.” On the subject of the first high-profile gay footballer, Atkin points out that the modern players lead very private lives whether they are heterosexual or gay. “They might be comfortable with how they live their lives. How many stories do you read these days about footballers’ lives? This isn’t Hollywood. Why would they upset the life they have by coming out? It obviously we would be great for the LGBT community but we respect that people don’t have to do it.” Premier League captains will wear rainbow armbands in support of Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign  Credit: Reuters Among the 92 clubs of the Premier League and Football League, only Charlton Athletic have an affiliated LGBT-friendly team who wear the club’s kit and use their training facilities. Charlton Invicta play in the London Unity League and the Kent Sunday Junior Trophy and are run by player-manager Gary Ginnaw, 34, a cost lawyer and lifelong Charlton supporter. “For me having Johnnie Jackson [Charlton’s first team captain] come to our launch and speak on television about us, I’m incredibly grateful for all the club have done.” Ginnaw came out to family and friends when he was 24 and gave up playing football for his 20s because he did not want the scrutiny around his sexuality that he felt being in a team would bring. Being gay is not a pre-requisite to play for Charlton Invicta, and two-thirds of the team are heterosexual, rather it is a LGBT-friendly environment in which gay players can be certain of acceptance. “We played one game in the cup and my dad, who is my assistant manager, heard some comments beforehand from the opposition along the lines of ‘This is the gay team, we better watch ourselves’,” Ginnaw says. “After the game their perception was how well we had played. There are a lot of people who don’t know an openly gay man or woman. Until they meet you and speak to you they see we are not a bad team. Then views start to change.” Atkin says even more can be done to promote LGBT rights and end homophobia by key figures in football   Credit: Christopher Pledger /The Telegraph  Ginnaw is a passionate Charlton supporter and feels that the club’s strong history of fan activism means it would have an enlightened attitude towards a gay player, recalling just one incident when he heard homophobic language being used. “When the first big player comes out there might be a backlash,” he says. “The most important thing for him will be that he has the support of his team-mates, the fans and football authorities. In the end fans don’t care who a player is sharing his bed with, they care he’s doing his job well.” Many clubs now have affiliated LGBT supporter groups, including West Ham’s Pride of Irons which has a 194-strong membership. Their co-chairman Jim Dolan, 36, a banking consultant, says the club have been very supportive and last month they focussed on awareness to counter the potential for homophobic chants in the home game against Brighton and Hove Albion. It went so well that the club received a commendation from the Premier League. It is the small things that matter to fans: the club stock rainbow merchandise in their official store and for the LGBT Pride event in London in July sent along Hammerhead, the club mascot. “We have many in our group in their 40s and 50s,” Dolan says. “It is not just hip young people trying to change the world, its people who have come to games for years and sometimes put up with some horrible stuff. We are not new, we have always been there.”

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