First things first, well done Watford. A tactically fluid, hardworking and capable football team full of good players lead by a good manager. Credit to them and they brought a decent following.
Our lot though. What an afternoon. They don’t come much worse than that. I’ve been going regularly since 2005 and I’m thinking of Fulham under Souness (1 – 4), Liverpool under Pardew (0-6) and Bournemouth under McClaren (1 – 3) where I’ve seen United such a shambles.
Rafa Benitez was for the first time as manager tactically deficient against an opposition who flooded the middle of the park with players who ran off our statues all afternoon.
Warford could have scored more as we were incredibly bad all over the park. We started play but it was apparant that their wing backs were getting oceans of space as our rigid 4 4 1 1 was becoming exposed. All three goals came from crosses. All three goals cane down our right hand side. That’s shocking.
It was so obvious that Yedlin was leaving huge gaps by bombing forwards or by following their excellent winger into the area. I saw Clark and Yedlin having it out after the first goal about who was picking up who when Yedlin followed the winger leaving their left back the freedom of the East Stand to pick out Will Hughes. They should have saved their breath as the same happened again as the Watford left back had acres of space to fire a ball in, which via a deflection past the flat footed Elliot ended up in the back of the net. Yedlin’s attempt to stop the cross, or get close to his man was pathetic.
Two became three on the hour as the hapless Yedlin again left space in behind. That’s only half the story however as Lejeune allowed their player to pick out the unmarked Gray to stab home from close range. There was one player in the box for that cross and Clark decided to stand and watch rather than pick up Gray. Again, pathetic.
Watford constantly broke down he flanks and failed to add what would have been more deserved goals. It’s one thing to blame a lack of invenstment for a lack of points, it another for that group of players to put in that performance.
Damningly for the manager, the switch to 442 just hasn’t worked. Perez needs to come back into the team as we’re so easy to play against through the middle and on the break.
We go to West Brom on Tuesday and if we put anything like that performance in we’ll be well beaten. Four defeats in a row and Winter is Coming.
We need to get back to basics and fast. The narrow defeats to Burnley, Brighton and Huddersfield are a world away from what’s been served up during the last two games at home.
Joselu looks done as a footballer at this level unless he’s dropped sharpish. Diame and Shelvey is the least mobile pairing to probably ever play at this level. The full backs are horrendous and we lack a goal threat.
Come on lads, you’re better than this.
MOTM: No one
ALEX HURST – FOLLOW ALEX @tfAlex1892
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