Misery for Solskjaer when Watford beat Man Utd

De Gea saved Sarr’s penalty attempts twice in the first half

On Saturday, beleaguered Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer racked up more misery as Watford sealed a well-deserved Premier League victory against a packed Vicarage Road.

In an electrifying first half, United couldn’t deal with the high pressure of a well-organized Hornets team and quickly found themselves in danger when Scott McTominay shoved forward Joshua King into the box.

But United goalkeeper David de Gea came to the rescue when the Spaniard saved not one, but two penalties from Ismaila Sarr. All of the Senegalese winger’s efforts were tame, but Kiko Femenia managed to convert the rebound from the first penalty shot, only to have the goal disallowed due to invasion by players from both teams.

However, it wasn’t long before Sarr rectified his penalty mistakes by sending a right-footed shot through De Gea’s goal to double Watford’s lead after King opened the scoring thanks to the assistance of Emmanuel. Dennis.

A second-half uprising saw the forgotten Donny van de Beek, who replaced McTominay, who received a yellow card, and put the ball into the net after Cristiano Ronaldo’s takedown following a search cross from England winger Jadon Sancho.

But the nightmare continued for Solskjaer as Harry Maguire was booked twice in seven minutes and sent off.

A ray of hope seemed to have come in the 77th minute after the spirited Van de Beek found Ronaldo with a deep pass, but the Portugal captain’s goal was disallowed for offside.

In the closing moments of the game, to the delight of the rowdy Watford crowd, Joao Pedro and Dennis added a third and a fourth for Watford to rack up further heartache for traveling United supporters.

The defeat means United have slipped down the table to eighth place with 17 points, while Claudio Ranieri’s team is just four points behind them at 15th place.

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