WATFORD, England (AP) — Manchester United ended Watford’s unexpectedly perfect start to the English Premier League with a 2-1 victory in the fifth round on Saturday.
Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling both scored inside three minutes in the first half and Jose Mourinho’s side had to withstand a second-half fightback by Watford.
After Andre Gray was left unmarked to pull one back for Watford, United was reduced to 10 men in stoppage time: Nemanja Matic received a second booking for bringing down Will Hughes.
It then took David de Gea’s fingertips save from Abdoulaye Doucoure’s header to ensure United claimed a third victory of the campaign.
Fourth-place Watford is still ahead of United, although the gap between the sides has been narrowed to three points.
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