This is the fifth installment of our “Match Review” series, in which we analyze Premier League matches and provide commentary with the turning points that influenced the outcome of the match. This time, we will be looking at the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester United, which took place on November 21, 2012. Whether you’ve seen the game in full or not, you’re sure to enjoy this article, so be sure to read it all the way through.
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Watford vs Manchester United at Vicarage Road in the 12th round of the Premier League. Watford, who have lost three of their last five games, host Manchester United, who have also lost four of their last five games.
After only one year in the Premier League, Watford has struggled from the start of the season. They have been struggling since the start of the season, with Claudio Ranieri in charge since the eighth round after the dismissal of manager Cisco Munoz due to poor results.
Manchester United, on the other hand, got off to a good start in their first five games, winning four and drawing one, but after losing to Aston Villa in the sixth game of the season, they went on to win one, draw one, and lose four. Manchester United, on the other hand, started well in their first five games with four wins and one draw, but after losing to Aston Villa in the sixth game of the season, they have won one, drawn one, and lost four. There have been whispers of the dismissal of manager Ole Gunnar Suluşar.
Manchester United needs a win against a lower-ranked team to be sure. Watford will be looking to boost their morale with a win over a higher ranked team. This is a matchup where both sides will be looking for three points at the very least.
Let’s start with the starting eleven.
Watford started Tom Cleverley in place of Jussi Kucka, who was red carded last week against Arsenal, and Adam Magina started at left back instead of Danny Rose. Cleverley will face his old club.
Manchester United, on the other hand, made three changes from the previous game against Manchester City. The defensive line has been changed from a back three to a back four, with Nemanja Matic instead of Fletcher at the back, and Marcus Rashford and Jaydon Sancho on the wings. Matić and Sancho made their first starts in a long time, since the eighth game of the season against Leicester.
The match was not a great upset, but a fair reflection of our ability.
The game got underway right from the start. Joshua King cut the ball clear of Bruno Fernandez and tried to shoot, but Scott McTominay tackled him to stop it. It looked like a foul, but the referee ruled it was a foul and Watford was awarded a penalty. However, keeper David de Haan saved the penalty. It was a foul and Watford was awarded a penalty kick, but keeper David de Gea saved it to keep the score even.
The away team wanted to take the momentum from this play, but they were unable to create any chances. Instead, it was the home team, Watford, who stepped up their attack. They threatened Manchester United’s goal with sharp counters and set pieces. Finally, the score changed. In the 28th minute of the first half, Emmanuel Dennis picked up a loose ball from a clearance, cut into the penalty area, and crossed the ball for King to tap in with his left foot and score. The home team took the lead.
After that, both Watford and Manchester United had chances, but neither team was able to score. In the 44th minute of the first half, Kiko
In the 44th minute of the first half, Sarr received a cross from Kiko Feminia and quickly swung his right foot into the far side of the net. The Senegalese winger’s wonderful goal extended Watford’s lead to two goals.
Needing all three points, the Manchester United bench came out firing in the second half. Antony Martial replaced Rashford, and Donny van de Beek replaced McTominay. It was an aggressive move. The change proved to be a good one. In the 50th minute of the second half, Cristiano Ronaldo headed back Sancho’s cross and Van de Beek headed home. The away team pulled a goal back.
Manchester United would have liked to have equalized, but they were unable to create any more chances. In the 69th minute of the second half, the away team suffered a further setback. In the 69th minute, Harry Maguire was sent off for a second yellow card. This was the end of the game. They were outnumbered and unable to attack, and instead were subjected to an onslaught from Watford. They held on until the very end of the game, but finally ran out of steam and allowed the home team to score goals in succession, making the score 4-1. In the end, it was a game with a big difference.
Looking at the score alone, it might seem like a giant killing, with Watford beating one of the best clubs in the Premier League, Manchester United. However, if you watch the game closely, you would be able to tell that it was anything but a giant-killing. Take a look at the stats below.
Manchester United has the better possession, but Watford has the better shots. You can see how efficient they were in attack. From this, it can be said that Watford’s victory was not a great upset, but rather a fair reflection of their ability.
Turning Point 1: The time after the first goal
The first thing I would like to mention as a turning point is the attack and defense in the time period immediately after Watford took the lead. To be more specific, it was between the 30th and 32nd minutes of the first half. In this period of time, Manchester United had two chances to equalize.
Rashford’s shot from a great lob pass by B. Fernandez, and Sancho’s dreadful cross into the penalty area. If Manchester United had been able to score either of those goals, it would have changed the course of the game. If Manchester United had been able to score either of those goals, it would have changed the course of the game for the better, and it’s no exaggeration to say that their failure to do so gave Watford an extra point.
This was the time right after Watford had taken the lead. This was the time right after Watford had taken the lead, and it was also the time when Watford was pressing hard from the front with their momentum. In other words, the home team’s defensive line was high.
To begin with, Watford is a team that excels at laying down blocks deep in their own half and launching long counters. Naturally, defenders are not accustomed to covering the vast spaces behind them. Their center backs, Craig Cathcart and Nicolas Enckel, are good at playing the ball back to the front, but not so good at dealing with the ball at the back. This was a weakness that Manchester United were able to exploit. However, they failed to do the last and most important part of the game, which is to put a shot on goal.
If we could have scored the equalizer, the mood in the stadium would have been completely different. The Watford players must have been getting impatient. Even if they couldn’t pull off the upset, the home team wouldn’t have been able to get an extra point.
Turning Point 2: Harry Maguire’s dismissal
If you’re talking about the time period right after Watford took the lead as mentioned in the first turning point, then Harry Maguire’s dismissal was the turning point that decided the outcome of the game.
After trailing by two goals in the first half, the away team must have been fired up when they were able to pull one back early in the second half. The away team’s voltage must have gone up when they got a point back early in the second half after being down by two goals in the first half, and the players must have been thinking that they might be able to equalize. But then he was sent off. The psychological impact on the away team must have been so great that no detailed explanation is needed.
Even though Watford had the better stats, soccer is a sport where the game can change in an instant. There was always a chance that Manchester United could have equalized. In fact, if Manchester United had equalized, the momentum could have been enough to turn the game around. Maguire’s dismissal was the turning point in the game, and it was a moment that decided the outcome.