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Solskjaer on the brink as Watford put four past United

It was a forgettable Saturday afternoon for beleaguered Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Watford bashed his side 4-1 in front of a packed Vicarage Road.

United were unable to deal with the high pressing of a well organised Hornets side and conceded a penalty when Scott McTominay bundled forward Joshua King inside the box.

But United goalkeeper David de Gea came to the rescue as the Spaniard saved not one, but two Ismaila Sarr penalties. Though Kiko Femenia managed to turn in the rebound from the first spot-kick, only for the goal to ruled out because of player encroachment from both teams.

It was not long, however, before Sarr rectified his penalty misses by sending a right-footed shot across de Gea’s goal to double Watford’s lead after King had opened the scoring thanks to Emmanuel Dennis’ assist.

Substitute Donny van de Beek put the ball in the net from Cristiano Ronaldo’s knock down following England winger Jadon Sancho’s cross.

But the nightmare continued for Solskjaer as Harry Maguire was booked twice in seven minutes and sent off.

Ronaldo threatened with half chances for the Red Devils – heading wide and having  a goal ruled out for offside.

But in the dying moments of the game, substitute Joao Pedro and Dennis added a third and fourth for Watford to complete the misery for United.

The defeat sees United tumble down the table to eighth on 17 points, while Claudio Ranieri’s side are only four points behind them in 16th.

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