At one stage it looked like it might be a rerun of the mauling Watford received at the hands of Man City, but a second half fightback managed to keep the score respectable for the Hornets.
Ashley Young disturbs the Hornets’ nest
Watford made a confident start to the game and enjoyed some early possession but weren’t able to trouble the United defence or goalkeeper David De Gea.
United’s opening goal was the first flash of individual brilliance from Ashley Young as he caught the ball on the rise and lashed it into the bottom corner from 20 yards out. He made a halfhearted effort not to over-celebrate his first goal as he back-peddled sheepishly towards the corner flag. Although there was no such effort made after he smashed in a stunning free kick six minutes later. This time Ashley went full knee-slide towards the home fans, which was met with a round of boos from the Hornet faithful who clearly didn’t think a ten year absence is long enough to justify that kind of behaviour against a former club.
The home fans must have feared a landslide when Martial, who was excellent in the first half, stroked a third goal past Gomes with only 32 minutes on the clock.
No Silva lining
Marco Silva’s Watford managed to get a foothold in the second half and even had the audacity to get a couple of goals back themselves as Marcos Rojo showed some rust on his return to the team giving away a penalty as he clumsily dived in having just been beaten by Roberto Pereyra. Deeney stepped up and dispatched in typical fashion.
A smart finish from Doucouré a few minutes later made it 3-2 and really had the home fans up for the comeback. Although there was to be no sting in the Hornets tail for United as Jesse Lingard displayed his exuberant Warrington flair as he danced through the Watford defence and slotted home confidently to complete a 4-2 win.