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Manchester United possession never paid off after playing draw against Watford

Manchester United Possession didn’t pay off

“It’s frustrating because we’ve had most of the ball. Watford were there to be beaten and we had 22 chances. We should be making more of the possession, and the only thing to do when it’s not going your way is to get your head down and keep working.”

Appreciation for Cleverley

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Roy Hodgson has been shaking things up for Watford here in the closing stages, with his latest change seeing former Reds midfielder Tom Cleverley replaced by Juraj Kucka. Cleverley of course came through the Academy at United before going on to make 79 first-team appearances, most notably helping the Reds to win the Premier League title in 2013. His contributions haven’t been forgotten by the Old Trafford faithful, with the home crowd joining in with the Watford applause as our former no.23 left the pitch a short time ago.

The penalty shouts

“It is definitely a penalty if Ronaldo goes down. I think he’s been too honest, but I can see why he didn’t go down because there was a chance there for Fernandes to score. On the Elanga one, I think it was a penalty, but I haven’t seen the replays yet.”

Reds must take chances

United looked so dangerous and threatening early on but after so many chances came and went, particularly for Bruno Fernandes, the Reds went off the boil a bit. Watford look better than their 19th position in the Premier League but lack a cutting edge so Ralf Rangnick’s men are comfortable at the back and have been given almost carte blanche to attack. Ronaldo and co just need to find that elusive sharpness in front of goal in the second half.

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HT: United 0 Watford 0

The Reds have been on top for the first half, but have failed to hit the back of the net so far. Cristiano Ronaldo has seen an effort bounce back off the post and a goal ruled out for offside, while Bruno Fernandes has also had a couple of chances to open the scoring. It is all to play for in the second half.

Home fans raising the volume

The United supporters seemed a little edgy in the opening part of the second half as Watford looked a little livelier and one or two chances for the Reds were also squandered. But Ralf Rangnick’s arm-waving gestures, probably aimed at his players as a request to pick up the pace, also seemed to revive the Old Trafford crowd. A loud stadium is going to be needed to limit the Hornets’ renewed confidence and stop United’s chances of victory slipping away.

 

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