English Premier League: Watford 1-2 Manchester United - Three Takeaways From the tie

Goals in quick succession from Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling propelled Manchester United to a well-deserved 2-1 win over Watford. Andre Gray made things interesting by pulling one back for Watford in the second half but United's imperious shot-stopper made sure the Red Devils walked away with all three points. 


Here are three major talking points from last night's encounter at Vicarage Road.

3. Watford Concede Their Perfect Record

Ahead of last night's clash, Watford were one of the three joint-leaders in the Premier League. They had beaten Tottenham Hotspur a fortnight ago and looked well-placed to pull one over Jose Mourinho's Manchester United. 


The Hornets didn't look scrappy in the match, but sadly, none of their tactics went according to plan. They still were great in the second half, and probably would've walked away with at least a point had De Gea not been in such outstanding form. 

2. Lukaku Quietly Doing His Work

Over the last few years, Romelu Lukaku has evolved from being a goalscorer to a complete all-round performer and last night's display against Watford was another fine example of his evolution.


Not only did the Belgian forward score his fourth Premier League goal of the season, he worked tirelessly to help his team-mates out. In the second half, Lukaku's ability to shield the ball paid dividends against Watford's relentless pressing, while his immaculate tackle on the touchline epitomised his unmatched work rate. 

1. United Finally Settling in

After succumbing to an upsetting 3-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, many had started counting United out of the contest. Jose Mourinho was bashed mercilessly after the defeat, forcing the manager to showcase his achievements. 


Last night's Manchester United, however, deserved all the praise for putting up such a courageous display. Chris Smalling's superbly-taken winner personifies the grit and determination this squad possesses, proving once again just how stupid it is to count the Red Devils out before the fat lady sings.