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Who needs Rooney? Man United's makeshift striker has come good

Meanwhile, Louis van Gaal has included a little-known 18-year-old on the bench.

Manchester United's Memphis Depay scores his side's first goal of the game.
Manchester United's Memphis Depay scores his side's first goal of the game.
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DESPITE SUFFERING MULTIPLE injuries in attack, Man United scored twice against Watford in today’s Premier League clash at Vicarage Road.

With United having failed to score in three of their last five games before today, the absence of attacking trio Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Marouane Fellaini did little to alleviate fans’ concerns that the Red Devils would struggle up top this afternoon.

However, despite being deployed as a winger more often than not, Memphis Depay was given the nod in attack, and duly rewarded Van Gaal’s faith in him with a goal after 11 minutes.

Decent movement from Depay ultimately saw him side-foot home Ander Herrera’s deep cross to give the Red Devils the lead.

A late own goal from Troy Deeney then sealed United’s victory, after the Watford striker had equalised moments before with a penalty.

Before the game, Van Gaal indicated that James Wilson — the 19-year-old forward who has appeared sporadically for the club since making his debut in 2014 — could get a chance to impress.

However, intriguingly, the Dutch coach has gone with 18-year-old striker Marcus Rashford on the bench rather than Wilson.

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