Wat­ford hand Mou’s Devils a thor­ough beat­ing

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

LON­DON / Manch­ester United suf­fered their third de­feat in eight days as Wat­ford handed Jose Mour­inho his worst run as a man­ager in a decade.

Goals from Eti­enne Capoue, Juan Zu­niga and a late penalty from Troy Deeney over­whelmed the vis­i­tors, who had lev­elled with a soli­tary strike from Mar­cus Rash­ford.

For all their pos­ses­sion, United were un­set­tled by Wat­ford’s har­ry­ing game and went be­hind on 32 min­utes af­ter An­thony Mar­tial, still groggy from an ear­lier clash of heads, was robbed by Miguel Bri­tos.

Daryl Jan­maat picked up the ball and crossed for Capoue to fire his fourth goal of the sea­son.

A half-time switch, which pushed Wayne Rooney fur­ther for­ward, set­tled United and they equalised on 62 min­utes when Rash­ford scram­bled the ball home af­ter his header bounced back to him off a de­fender.

Wat­ford keeper Heurelho Gomes de­nied Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic with a fly­ing save but United al­ways looked vul­ner­a­ble and Zu­niga scored from a cut­back by Roberto Pereyra less than a minute af­ter com­ing on.

Zu­niga was then brought down by Marouane Fel­laini in­side the area late on to al­low Deeney to score from the spot.

Mean­while Mour­inho has of­fered another vote of con­fi­dence in Paul Pogba, adamant that United’s mis­fir­ing sum­mer sign­ing should not be judged on his world-record trans­fer fee.

United’s man­ager says it is just a mat­ter of time be­fore the French mid­fielder demon­strates his nat­u­ral qual­ity at Old Traf­ford fol­low­ing an un­der­whelm­ing spell since his land­mark £89 mil­lion (Sh11.70bn) move from Ju­ven­tus in Au­gust.

/ REUTERS

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