Watford sent Man Utd crashing to a 4-1 defeat at Vicarage Road as the wheels fell off following a stunning performance from the Hornets. Goals from King, Sarr, Pedro and Dennis made it a memorable day. Here is how I rated the players performance, doing my best not to get too carried away in the process…
Ben Foster – 10/10
Big saves, safe handling and an assist. Yes you read that right, Ben Foster got an assist. Denied Ronaldo in the most crucial of moments when he pulled off a couple of really key saves which was huge in securing the win. Did all the basics smartly and another resounding performance to back up his excellent showing at Arsenal.
Kiko Femenia – 10/10
Don’t worry, I’m not giving a 10/10 to every player. But Kiko Femenia was a joke today and thoroughly deserving of his rating. Seems to be full of confidence in his own ability at the minute and his play had so much purpose, he provided such safety in possession of the ball, there’s care shown in his passing and was such a key outlet going forwards for the hosts. His game was summed up when he deftly cut the ball back for Sarr to find the finish for the second goal. His defending was smart and meant he felt like he was always on the front foot despite the talent he was facing. Outstanding.
Craig Cathcart – 8.5/10
There’s no doubt Cathcart vs Ronaldo was a mismatch before the game but this was an assured performance from every Watford player and Cathcart was no different. Sensible decision making throughout, he got turned inside out once by Ronaldo and got caught a bit for the goal but that takes away from a very steady overall performance.
Nicolas Nkoulou – 8.5/10
Not the best positioning to help with the goal conceded but that’s a minor blip in what has been a complete calming presence to the Watford defence in the last couple of games. Went about his business quietly and calmly which is a testament to his first couple of performances for the club. Really good impact and gives you some hope that Watford may well keep a clean sheet this season…maybe.
Adam Masina – 8.5/10
Ultimately kept a £72 million winger quiet despite his side of the field being stretched on a few occasions. This was an accomplished performance from the full back, he showed a great deal of energy to support his winger, got first to the ball plenty of times and moved the ball well.
Moussa Sissoko – 9/10
Captain consistent, once again the calming influence in the heart of midfield. Watford may not have always been too smart in this department this season but that’s of no fault to the Frenchman. He’s showing the way on how to play a smart game, showing a great understanding of when to make the right decisions and still adding value by making some penetrative runs with his strength.
Imran Louza – 8.5/10
A blessing in disguise that Kucka was suspended for this match. Louza showed so much class and compose in his Premier League home debut. His passing was progressive and the control was pinpoint. It felt like he gave the midfield a balance as he offered something completely different to Sissoko and Cleverley. Wasn’t overawed physically which may have been a concern going into the match but his substitution was the right time and he can take full confidence as surely he will start the next game after such a fine performance?
Tom Cleverley – 10/10
You wouldn’t be surprised if Tom Cleverley was still running around Vicarage Road now. He was the catalyst for the ongoing press that Man Utd couldn’t live with and was simply outstanding off the ball for his side. Plenty of great work and link up play on the ball, his maturity was significant to plugging any gaps that the forwards left and stopping the visitors in their tracks.
Ismaila Sarr – 6/10
A huge second goal in the game and it was desperately needed for club and player. Two terrible penalty misses only compounded a complete lack of confidence for Watford’s star man. This comes with hesitant and poor decision making, and a player that sadly impacts his sides overall threat and performance when he is like this. Thankfully he fired home just before the break and was a completely different player after this albeit not making a huge contribution in the final third. Went off injured in the second half which is a big concern.
Emmanuel Dennis – 9/10
One goal, two assists. And that is what Dennis is bringing to Watford so far this season. Key contributions even if he can frustrate with his decision making. His movement was a constant thorn in Man Utd’s side and created a fluidity and unpredictability to the Watford attack. Took his late goal emphatically.
Josh King – 9/10
His all round play continues to impress and be crucial in Ranieri’s side building attacks. His brilliant control forced the early penalty and was not the last time his skill got the better of the opposition. The Norwegian forward will be delighted to get his first goal at Vicarage Road as he squeezed in a finish from close range following a Dennis cutback and it was again no less than he deserved for yet another top effort for his team.
William Troost-Ekong – 7/10
Cucho Hernandez – 6/10
Joao Pedro – 8/10
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