Watford vs Manchester United [Player Ratings]

Written by David Robinson

Watford have beaten Manchester United 3-1 in what was a memorable victory at Vicarage Road. The Hornets hit the front and took a 1-0 lead going into half-time. A Rashford equaliser put the game all square but two late goals from the home side ensured victory. Here are Watford’s player ratings from their impressive performance and result against Mourinho’s men.

Hereulho Gomes 8/10

An important performance from the Brazilian which pre-match would’ve been expected. He was there during the vital periods when he was called into action making a fantastic stop from a towering Ibrahimovic header in the second half. He was comfortably the better goalkeeper, showing De Gea how to command his box although he had a few iffy first half moments when he kicked unconvincingly which was unsettling. In these games you need your ‘keeper to stand tall and he did just that with a good performance overall.

Daryl Janmaat 7.5/10

It was interesting to see how the Dutchmen operated as he is so attack minded, I wanted to see if he’s got a bit of character and is willing to role his sleeves up as well. He did a bit of everything before being subbed, a sensible and energetic performance which provides encouragement. Was unfortunate to slip when tracking Shaw in the first half which led to the United left back very close to goal. A compliment defensively as Martial and Rashford swapped wings and didn’t hurt the former Newcastle man as much as possibly expected.

Craig Cathcart 7.5/10

The former Man Utd player was again reliable although he always seems to have a worrying moment in him. That came in the first half when a bit of hesitation was caught upon although thankfully the resulting attack led to nothing. Down his right side Martial was ineffective which shows that the Northern Irish defender was very solid. His positioning is normally spot on and he does cover the flanks well for someone who isn’t the most mobile.

Sebastian Prodl 10/10

Wow, where did that come from? Kaboul’s injury gave the Austrian his chance and my word he took it. He bossed Ibrahimovic with some terrific pieces of defending, notably a sensational sliding tackle to block the Swedish forward’s shot when going 1 v 1. He made so many well timed tackles and won his aerial duels, kept it simple with the ball at his feet. Just when Kaboul looked to be taking his place he’s given Mazzarri a very positive problem now. His best display in a yellow shirt.

Miguel Britos 7/10

It would feel harsh to give any player below a 7 (bar Ighalo) but Britos would probably be the closest to gaining this mark. Again his distribution was poor particularly in the second half when the Hornets needed to have a spell with the ball. That aside though he carried out his defensive duties well which is more important of course. A game where he got more tackles and headers right than wrong but not as convincing as some of his teammates.

Jose Holebas 8.5/10

A perfect execution of the wing-back role, Holebas’s decision making was brilliant. His experience certainly contributed to that, he made it very tough for Valencia to power past him and was another player who was calculated and offered both defensive and attacking qualities. Very few mistakes made it a productive day for the Greek international. 

Valon Behrami 7.5/10

His one horrible moment came in the first half when a loose bit of play put his side in trouble when Ibrahimovic went through on goal. His intensity though is pivotal and was again today, he hassled and won challenges in typical Behrami fashion, a 7.5/10 is a good rating for a defensive midfielder, he went through a lot of unnoticed work particularly when the Red Devils were having one of their better spells. A player we know that will dig deep. Effective.

Etienne Capoue 8/10

I was worried that the tricks would come out for this game with too much arrogance following a great start to the season for Capoue. However this was such a well balanced performance which was very good to see. His goal was a very composed and sweet finish although he should also get plaudits for his ability to win the ball back for his side. His box-to-box nature means he gets through a lot of work, it is no surprise to see him get chances this season, he’s showing his intelligence on the pitch and is getting rewarded.

Roberto Pereyra 7.5/10

This maybe wasn’t a scintillating performance but when the Argentinian found Zuniga for the second goal, it demonstrated his quality that he has shown so far. A lovely pass which would’ve been easy not to spot proved to be the difference. His work for the team has got to lift the players, if someone who is meant to be an advanced midfielder can get stuck in then it only can encourage others around him and it proved to be a brilliant battling team performance. The way he finds space on the pitch is testament to his ability, he did that throughout and was again sensible with his decisions although things didn’t always work out with the execution, he offered more than certain players did in a red shirt…

Odion Ighalo 5.5/10

Very difficult to rate, you have to worry if that glaring first half miss will cause damage to his mindset when he spurned a gift to open the scoring. He had a really tough first half making some basic errors and really holding the side back when they needed to score while on top. That being said Bailly and Smalling couldn’t handle the physicality from Ighalo and Deeney, the Nigerian may not always have been bright on the ball always but he was still a handful. Some nice moments will be forgotten by the big miss.

Troy Deeney 9.5/10

The Captain had a tremendous afternoon, I’ve criticised Deeney this season because this is the type of performance we have become accustomed to. He terrorised Bailly and Smalling bullying them and building frequent attacks. His penalty in the last minute was the reward he deserved. Not only was he a threat going forwards but he never gave their defence a moments rest, this in itself was a result from the game…Deeney is back!

Watford fans, do you agree with the ratings? Let us know in the comments below!