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United put more pressure on the top four with a comfortable win at home to Watford.

United dominated throughout and had a lot of chances. Heurelho Gomes made quite a few saves to deny United. Watford started brightly, pushing forward, but without Gomes, United would’ve been out of sight. He made a good save to parry Paul Pogba’s first-time shot. He also kept out Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s close-range header, which Ibrahimovic would’ve wondered how he didn’t score.

Watford nearly scored when Jose Holebas’ thunderous strike fell narrowly wide of the goal. They did take the lead, when Anthony Martial set up Juan Mata to finish from close range. Mata had been involved in the build-up and finished it off. United had a couple more efforts on goal before half time, but they weren’t clear-cut.

In the second half, Watford nearly levelled the game. Mauro Zarate’s cross was heading for the top corner, but David de Gea pulled out a fantastic save to deny him. United doubled their lead in the 60th minute. He was starting his first league game since 15 January and he sealed the victory when he drove through the Watford defence, before finishing past Gomes. 

Martial was in inspiring form in this game to press his claim to start continuously. He did everything to show he deserves to start in the EFL Cup final on 26 February. Jose Mourinho won’t have an easy decision picking his team for that game. 

United are still sixth in the league, but have extended their unbeaten run to 16 games in the league. They were briefly in fifth after this victory, but Liverpool’s win over Tottenham put them back in fifth.

Next up for United is the first leg of their Europa League last-32 against Saint-Etienne on Thursday, the 16 February. Next up in the league is a home game against Bournemouth on 4 March.