Manchester United have won back-to-back league games for the first time in 2020 after sealing a 3-0 win over struggling Watford.
Having beaten Chelsea last time out to keep their top-four hopes alive, Manchester United‘s game against Watford on Sunday afternoon was one in which they’ve typically struggled in this season, the Hornets beating the Red Devils 2-0 at Vicarage Road back in December.
It looked as though United would once again struggle to break down one of the division’s struggling sides, though in the 42nd minute, they were offered the chance to take the lead after January signing Bruno Fernandes raced into the area before being brought down by Ben Foster, the Portuguese stepping up to take the resulting spot-kick to score his first goal in English football.
Watford thought they had pulled themselves level following some poor defending at a set-piece, Troy Deeney stabbing the ball home, only for VAR to rule it out for a handball in the build-up.
Five minutes later, Anthony Martial netted his 15th goal of the season, and his third in three games, the Frenchman deftly lifting the ball over Foster, before teen sensation Mason Greenwood rounded off the scoring with 75 minutes played, the 18-year-old’s effort thundering in off the underside of the bar.
The result moves Manchester United up to fifth, closing the gap to Chelsea to just three points once again, and speaking afterwards, Ole Gunner Solskjaer urged his side to ‘kick on’.
“A very good win, two good wins and two clean sheets, some goals to celebrate, now we want to kick on,” he told the BBC.
“I thought first half we started by gifting them some good opportunities and gradually we created more and more chances.”
Having won, and converted the penalty, Bruno Fernandes also bagged an assist for Greenwood’s powerful strike, as he put in a man of the match display, and Solskjaer admitted the Portugal international’s arrival had ‘given everyone a boost’.
“Bruno Fernandes is quicker than he looks. Very excited by having him in,” said the Norwegian.
Bruno Fernandes has been directly involved in a Premier League goal every 90 minutes on average since joining Man Utd.
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“He has come in, given everyone a boost and wants to conduct a game. There are big games coming up now.”
Mason Greenwood’s strike was the 11th of the season in all competitions in what has been a fine breakthrough campaign for the teenager.
“The thing that matters in football is scoring goals and that is what Mason Greenwood does,” Solskjaer added.