Solskjaer doesn’t fear Utd sack ahead of Watford
Claudio Ranieri’s side will be desperate to grind out a result here in the bid to beat the drop, but nothing short of a victory will do for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he endures intense pressure to save his job.
A humbling 2-0 loss at home to rivals Manchester City in the derby exposed United and demonstrated just how far off the required level they remain. Emile Smith Rowe denied a spirited Watford display at the Emirates, securing a 1-0 win for the Gunners, leaving the Hornets just two points clear of the drop zone.
Solskjaer maintains the pressure coming into the match, with the Red Devils five points off a top-four place and a further four to league leaders Chelsea, can be an advantage: “It’s been a long international break but it’s one that we’ve utilised to our benefit, we feel it’s been a good response from the players and we’re ready for the Watford game. We’ve been through periods like this before. Our away form, we’ve just gone 30-odd games and lost one. Last season we turned it around and went on a run of 20-odd games and one defeat, that’s the kind of run we need to get back. This week we’ve prioritised a few things we have to improve on. Form and performances haven’t been good enough.”
Watford 2 – 1 Man Utd
61 mins: Watford try to wrestle some control back from Man Utd as Kiko Femenia drives down the right wing and swings a cross into the box but boots the ball straight out of play.
Sarr then presses up against Maguire who gets on the wrong side of the attacker. He sticks out a leg and brings Sarr down just outside the box, going in the book for his challenge.
Michael Jones20 November 2021 16:23
Watford 2 – 1 Man Utd
58 mins: Save! Donny van de Beek slips a nice pass into the box for Cristiano Ronaldo who slips just as he strikes one at goal. Ben Foster sticks out a right arm and delfects the ball over the goal denying Manchester United an equaliser.
Michael Jones20 November 2021 16:18
GOAL! Wolves 1 – 0 West Ham ⚽️
58 mins: Wolves have finally broken the deadlock at Molineux. Raul Jimenez has the goal and it’s a deserved one for the home side who have caused the Hammers problems all game. David Moyes men need to win this game in order to move up to second place. Can they find an equaliser?
Michael Jones20 November 2021 16:16
GOAL! Burnley 3 – 3 Crystal Palace ⚽️
54 mins: Back at Turf Moor Maxwel Cornet has drawn Burnley back level. This has been a topsy-turvy game and could go either way yet.
Michael Jones20 November 2021 16:14
Watford 2 – 1 Man Utd
52 mins: It stands! The check is over and Manchester United get one back with the substitute’s goal counting. We’ve got a game on at Vicarage Road now.
Michael Jones20 November 2021 16:13
GOAL! Watford 2 – 1 Man Utd (Van de Beek, 50’) ⚽️
50 mins: Have United got one back? Donny van de Beek has found the back of the net but will it stand? There’s a check for offside but for now it’s been given.
A cross to the far left-hand post from Jadon Sancho picks out Cristiano Ronaldo in the box and he cushions a header across goal to Donny van de Beek who heads home from inside the xi-yard box.
Michael Jones20 November 2021 16:09
Watford 2 – 0 Man Utd
48 mins: Van de Beek gets stuck in straight away tussling with King and winning the ball for United much to the delight of the away fans who have been clamouring for his inclusion in the team.
United can’t get free though as Watford press them high up the pitch and win back the ball.
Michael Jones20 November 2021 16:08
Second half: Watford 2 – 0 Man Utd
Kick off: We’re back underway at Vicarage Road. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called for reinforcements, Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek are on in place of Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford.
Michael Jones20 November 2021 16:06
Coming up in the Premier League
Following the conclusions of the 3pm kick offs there’s one more game to close out Premier League Saturday as Liverpool host Arsenal. Both teams are in decent form and that should be a cracking affair at Anfield.
Kick off for that one is at 5:30pm with team news expected in around half an hour.
Michael Jones20 November 2021 16:01
King scores again
Only against Everton (eight) has Watford’s Josh King scored more Premier League goals than he has against Manchester United (five).
Michael Jones20 November 2021 15:57