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Manchester United settle for a goalless draw with Watford in a festival of missed opportunities

Manchester United settle for a goalless draw with Watford in a festival of missed opportunities

Manchester United missed the opportunity to achieve a big and deserved victory over its guest Watford and was satisfied with a goalless draw today, Saturday, in the twenty-seventh stage of the English Premier League.

The same stage today also saw Tottenham beat Leeds United 4-0, Newcastle beat Brentford 2-0, Aston Villa beat Brighton 2-0, Crystal Palace drew 1-1 with Burnley.

At Old Trafford, Manchester United imposed almost absolute control over the game and surrounded Watford most of the time inside the penalty area, but its players, especially the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes, raced to waste the chances they had in front of the visitors’ goal, ending the meeting in a goalless draw.

Manchester United raised its score to 47 points in fourth place, compared to 19 points for Watford, who remained in the penultimate nineteenth place in the competition table.

The tie is only the third compared to 11 victories for Manchester United in the 14 games he played on this stadium against Watford on the date of the two teams’ meetings in the English Premier League, so that Watford is the most team that met Manchester United in this stadium without achieving a victory.

Watford had caused the ouster of coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from the position of coach of Manchester United after winning them 4-1 in the first leg of the English Premier League this season, knowing that Watford played that match under the leadership of his former coach, Italian Claudio Ranieri.

Manchester United made a strong and quick start in the match, and the team almost opened the scoring early after a cross pass played by Aaron Van Bissaka from the right side, and Cristiano Ronaldo met it with a creeping shot from the center of the penalty area in the fifth minute, but the ball bounced off the post.

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Bruno Fernandes manipulated Watford players on the edge of the penalty area in the ninth minute, then hit the ball strong, but it hit his teammate Ronaldo to miss the opportunity.

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster also saved another shot from Bruno Fernandes after a quick attack organized by the owners of the land.

It seemed that Ronaldo translated Manchester United’s superiority into a goal at the end of the first quarter of the match, but the referee canceled the referee for offside, and Bruno Fernandes missed a valuable opportunity for the team in the 19th minute after a quick organized attack and a cross pass played by Paul Pogba from the left side, and Bruno Fernandes rushed in front of the goal With a direct shot, but outside the goal.

Bruno Fernandes continued the series of wasting opportunities in front of the Watford goal after a quick attack by the team in the 27th minute, in which Ronaldo got rid of the goalkeeper and then played the ball cross from the right side, and Bruno Fernandes met it with a header with the goalkeeper quickly returning to his place, but the ball went away from the goal.

Manchester United continued the series of missed opportunities in the following minutes, ending the first half in a goalless draw, despite the team’s complete control over the course of the game and its players’ possession of the ball most of the time.

With the beginning of the second half, Manchester United resumed its offensive attempts with the emergence of some offensive skirmishes for Watford, although it did not pose a great danger.

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Manchester United had luck again in the 56th minute after a very quick organized attack by Anthony, who in turn passed it in front of Pogba inside the penalty area, to pass the latter with the heel of the foot to Ilanga, who shot it strong, but right next to the post.

Manchester United coach Ralf Rangnick made an attacking change by dropping Jadon Sancho instead of Fred in the 62nd minute, and Roy Hodgson, coach of Watford, pushed his player Kane Sima instead of Joshua King.

Pogba and Ronaldo missed a golden opportunity against Watford in the 67th minute.

Rangnick made two changes at once in the 74th minute, with Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford replacing Alex Telles and Nemanja Matic, respectively.

Manchester United intensified their attack in the last minutes of the match, but clashed with the lumpy and organized defense of Watford to end the match in a goalless draw.

And Tottenham swept its host Leeds United 4-0 in another match at the same stage.

Tottenham won the first half, as they finished with three goals, then scored the fourth goal in the second half.

Ireland’s Matt Doherty advanced with a goal for Tottenham in the tenth minute, then Swede Dejan Kulusevsky added the second goal in the 15th minute, and top scorer Harry Kane secured the third goal in the 27th minute.

Five minutes before the end of the match, South Korean Heung-Min Son scored the fourth goal for Tottenham.

Tottenham raised its score to 42 points in seventh place, while Leeds’ balance stopped at 23 points in fifteenth place.

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