By Andy Hyslop
- Injury-time goal seals three points for United
- Absence of Rooney and Martial meant Memphis return to starting line-up
Manchester United sealed an win at Vicarage Road thanks an injury-time own goal from Watford captain Troy Deeney, coming only minutes after he had levelled the scores from the penalty spot.
The question going into this game, was who would play upfront for United in the absence of Martial and Rooney. Van Gaal opted to restore Memphis to starting line-up for the first time in the Premier League since the 3-0 defeat to Arsenal.
United controlled the game from the kick-off and deservedly took the lead after eleven minutes, the goal came as United attacked through former Watford man down the right, who played the ball back to Herrera; whose whipped crossed was met on the volley by an unmarked Memphis.
The goal is just what Memphis needed, having struggled to adapt to live in the Premier League since his summer move from PSV. Hopefully he can kick-on now and give Van Gaal a selection headache when everyone is fit and available.
United were forced into an early change as Herrera went down with what looked like a hamstring strain. Rojo replaced the Spaniard and United reverted to a back three with Young and Blind operating as wing-backs.
Both team had chances in the second-half, with both keepers making fine saves and the score remained at 1-0 until Watford were awarded a penalty when Rojo tripped Watford striker Ignalo in the box and Deeney hammered to penalty home with 87 minutes played.
United attacked straight from the kick-off as they looked to go back in front with only minutes left on the clock. Watford keeper Gomes could only turn a Smalling flick from a corner behind for another corner.
Then came what proved to be the winning moment for United. Watford failed to properly clear the corner and United kept the ball alive through Lingard and Pereira. The ball fell to Lingard in the area, whose shot parried by Gomes, fell to Schweinsteiger, whose ball back across the goal-line was carried into his own net by Deeney.
The win and three points took United to the top of the league ahead of the rest of this weekends Premier League fixtures.
Manchester United: De Gea, Young, Jones (McNair 68), Smalling, Blind, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Mata (Pereira 79), Herrera (Rojo 25), Lingard, Memphis Substitutes Not Used: Romero, Darmian, Goss, Rashford