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Hello, and welcome to tonight’s liveblog.

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Kick off for the games is at 8pm.

2Mins

We’re under way…

5Mins

United have started this game on the front foot.

However, Watford have plenty of pace on the counter with speedy attackers like Richarlison, so United will have to be careful.

8Mins

Femenía produces a dangerous cross.

However, Lindelöf does well to stop Richarlison getting to the ball.

14Mins

Watford have been impressive these early stages and have carved out a few half chances.

If the hosts win tonight, they’ll be just one point behind fourth-place Arsenal.

17Mins

Danger for Watford, as United break.

Eventually, Martial is crowded out by a couple of defenders.

21Mins

Ashley Young scores his first Premier League goal since 2016.

It’s good work in the build-up by Lingard. He plays it to the England international, who fires home from the edge of the area.

22Mins

23Mins

27Mins

Young gets his second of the night. He curls an unstoppable free kick into the top corner.

The 32-year-old is playing with serious confidence at the moment. He’s not a player who normally attracts headlines, but he’s been the difference between the sides so far.

28Mins

Watford haven’t actually played that badly and hardly deserve to be 2-0 down.

But United and Ashley Young in particular have been absolutely ruthless in attack.

30Mins

Richarlison sprints towards goal but Lindelöf makes a good interception to stop him in his tracks.

The Swedish defender has played well in these early stages.

31Mins

Watford v Manchester United - Premier League - Vicarage Road Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku (left) and Watford's Sebastian Prodl battle for the ball. Source: Andrew Matthews

34Mins

Man United are taking Watford apart.

It’s an awful header from Kabasele to give the ball away, before United counter and Martial finishes clinically.

35Mins

Watford have had an excellent season, but have already been beaten 6-0 by Man City earlier in the campaign.

The way they are defending at the moment, it could be a similar scoreline tonight.

38Mins

41Mins

Rojo is booked for a foul on Gray.

Watford are still throwing plenty of bodies forward, but haven’t had the necessary composure in the final third to hurt United.

42Mins

Mariappa gets booked for a mistimed challenge on Martial.

The young French attacker has looked very sharp tonight.

44Mins

Watford still look very vulnerable on the counter-attack.

This match has the makings of an absolute thrashing judging by the way it is panning out at the moment.

46Mins

Excellent double save by Gomes after United counter-attack again.

He saves from Lukaku first, before denying Lingard on the rebound.

47Mins

Good save from De Gea.

Femenía crosses to Richarlison, whose header is tipped over.

45Mins

So half-time and it’s been impressive from United.

Martial and Young have excelled, with the game now effectively over, given how clinical the visitors have been on the counter-attack.

Watford, though, have been disappointing, especially when you consider their recent excellent form.

Tactically, Marco Silva has got it wrong, with the Red Devils being given far too much space to exploit on the break.

48Mins

Cleverley’s cross is claimed by De Gea.

Watford still look like they think they can get something from this game.

53Mins

Richarlison and Zeegelaar both have shots blocked before it’s cleared for a corner.

Moments later, United break with speed, but Lukaku’s cross-shot from a tight angle goes wide.

54Mins

Worryingly for United, Matic hobbles off.

He’s replaced by Herrera.

57Mins

Watford v Manchester United - Premier League - Vicarage Road Manchester United's Anthony Martial scores his side's third goal of the game. Source: EMPICS Sport

59Mins

Watford make a double change.

Hughes and Prodl go off, while Pereyra and Carrillo come on.

63Mins

Doucouré curls a shot well over.

Watford look a beaten team devoid of ideas at the moment.

66Mins

Femenía finds Richarlison at the backpost. The Brazilian’s header is off target, however.

Meanwhile, United make a change, as Rashford replaces Martial, who has looked very good tonight.

70Mins

Carrillo finds space down the left. Rojo nervously clears the cross at the second attempt.

United have defended very well tonight as a unit.

73Mins

Watford make a final change.

Deeney is on for Gray.

74Mins

Pogba gets goal-side of Mariappa.

However, his free header goes over the bar.

77Mins

Mariappa loses the ball in his box.

Lukaku has a good chance to finish after Rashford plays it to him. However, he hesitates before forcing a save from Gomes.

76Mins

PENALTY TO WATFORD!

78Mins

Carrillo beats Rojo before being taken down by the defender.

It’s a definite penalty.

79Mins

Deeney makes no mistake with his penalty, sending De Gea the wrong way.

Surely they can’t complete a miraculous comeback, can they?

81Mins

Deeney gets his head to a cross, but his attempt is straight at De Gea.

Watford continue to press forward.

86Mins

Surely not.

Carrillo, who’s had a huge impact, finds Doucouré, whose unstoppable volley finds the corner.

89Mins

United have been so clinical on the counter-attack.

Lingard sprints from his own half, beats Mariappa and fires the ball home to confirm United’s win.

It’s his last act in the game, as he’s replaced by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

90Mins

Richarlison gets to the by-line. His cross is blocked by De Gea.

It’s been a highly entertaining second half.

Right, that’s all from me. Thanks for reading and commenting.

You can read our report of the game here.

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Paul Fennessy

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