EPL: It's top five for Manchester United after 3-0 win vs Watford

Updated: Feb 24, 2020, 10:24 IST | AFP | Manchester

Man Utd beat Watford 3-0 for fifth spot which should be good enough for UCL qualification given No. 2 City's ban

Man United's Mason Greenwood scores their third goal against Watford yesterday. Pic/afp
Man United's Mason Greenwood scores their third goal against Watford yesterday. Pic/afp

Bruno Fernandes opened his goalscoring account at Manchester United on Sunday as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side climbed to fifth place in the Premier League table with a 3-0 win against lowly Watford. United have struggled for consistency all season but the victory at Old Trafford lifts them to 41 points, just three behind fourth-placed Chelsea. Fernandes, bought by Solskjaer last month to add creativity to United’s midfield, scored from the penalty spot shortly before half-time and Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood also found the net.

Watford in trouble

While United are looking upwards, Nigel Pearson’s Watford are in trouble, just one place off the bottom. As it stands, fifth place could be enough to earn a Champions League spot because second-placed Manchester City have been banned from Europe’s elite competition for two seasons, pending an appeal. United, who beat top-four rivals Chelsea on Monday, took the lead three minutes before the interval. Ben Foster pulled down Fernandes in the box and Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot. The Portuguese midfielder scored. Watford thought they were level shortly after half-time only to see Troy Deeney’s goal ruled out by VAR for a handball by Craig Dawson.

Martial’s smart lob

United doubled their lead just before the hour mark. Foster saved Martial’s initial shot but the ball came back to him and he lofted it over the goalkeeper and into the net from a tight angle. Greenwood found some space and fired home via the crossbar to put United 3-0 up with 15 minutes remaining.

Munich hero Gregg hailed

Old Trafford had earlier fallen silent to remember Harry Gregg, a hero of the Munich air disaster in 1958, who died last week.

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