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    Watford 1-2 Manchester United: Troy Deeney own goal gives visitors late win

    By Alex Easley 
    Troy Deeney's own goal gifted Manchester United a 2-1 win at Vicarage Road.
    Watford captain Troy Deeney’s late own goal handed Manchester United a very dramatic 2-1 win over his side in Saturday’s early kick-off at Vicarage Road.

    Deeney, who was attempting to keep the ball out on the goal-line, went from hero to villain within five minutes as he diverted Bastian Schweinsteiger’s effort into his own net from an angle just moments after levelling proceedings from the penalty spot.

    Summer signing Memphis Depay gave United the lead in the 11th minute, turning home Ander Herrera’s cross, before David de Gea pulled off a truly world-class save to deny Almen Abdi an equalizer in the second period.

    The hosts leveled with just three minutes remaining through Deeney’s penalty after Odion Ighalo was bundled over by Marcos Rojo, it was the first goal United had conceded in almost 11 hours of football in all competition.

    But Louis van Gaal’s men left it late to pick up all three points, the result leaving the Red Devils just a point behind leaders and next week’s opponents Leicester City.

    Van Gaal had said pre-match that he was expecting more from Depay since his £25m move from PSV Eindhoven in the summer, and the Dutchman duly obliged.

    Getting on the end of Herrera’s first-time cross from the right, Depay turned the ball home into the top corner from eight yards leaving Heurelho Gomes no chance in the Watford net to score his fifth goal of the season.
    Memphis Depay celebrates putting United 1-0 ahead.
    The Hornets could have been level 10 minutes later though, after Ashley Young’s slip allowed Deeney to play Ighalo through but his effort went wide of De Gea’s goal.

    Depay was impressive throughout proceedings and nearly struck a second just before half-time from 20 yards, but Gomes saved his effort.

    Gomes had a fairly decent game, stopping Jesse Lingard’s shot from going past him just a minute into the second half.

    At the other end, Deeney’s scorching effort on the half volley forced a save out of the United keeper, as the league’s joint-best defence was thoroughly tested by the home side.

    The Spanish keeper was again at his best with 20 minutes to go, getting down smartly to turn away Abdi’s deflected shot off Chris Smalling’s head.

    Lingard, who opened his United account against West Brom before the international break, should have had his second late on, but his lofted effort fell into the grateful hands of Gomes.

    Watford were then handed a penalty by referee Robert Madley with five minutes remaining after Rojo brought down Ighalo, which allowed Deeney to put the ball down the middle of de Gea’s net to equalise from the spot.
    Troy Deeney celebrates leveling the score from the spot before his own goal moments later.
    England defender Smalling almost put United back in front, but Gomes again equal to his flicked effort inside the box.

    But with stoppage-time approaching, Gomes parried Lingard’s effort across goal into the path of Schweinsteiger from a tight angle, and the German’s effort was inadvertently put into his own net by Deeney to hand United a vital victory.


    Watford: Gomes; Nyom, Cathcart, Britos, Anya; Capoue, Watson; Abdi, Jurado, Deeney; Ighalo

    Subs used: Ake, Paredes

    Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Jones, Smalling, Blind; Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger; Mata, Herrera, Lingard; Memphis

    Subs used: Rojo, Pereira, McNair

    MAN OF THE MATCH: Memphis Depay
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