Player Ratings: Watford 3-1 Manchester United – How The Watford Players Performed


Watford secured their first win against Manchester United for 30 years, in an emphatic 3-1 win. But, how did the players individually get on?

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Heurelho Gomes – 7

Started off very shaky, but as the game wore on he got better and better. His highlight moment of the game has to be his save from Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s header, which kept Watford in the game. It was a stunning one handed reflex save, and the Brazilian won’t have made many better.

Craig Cathcart – 6

Looked a bit rusty against his old side, with Prodl having to bail him out after a severely under-hit back pass almost cost the Hornets the lead. He will have to put in some stellar performances to stop Kaboul taking his place in the starting XI.

Sebastian Prodl – 10

The big Austrian had one of the most assured defensive displays that I have seen in my 17 years as a Watford fan. He contained Ibrahimovic for the whole game, which is no easy task. He definitely won the battle of the man-buns, and he almost got an assist too. He cushioned a header to the far post from Holebas’ free kick, with Deeney inches away from finishing. By far the best defender on the pitch.

Miguel Britos – 6

Had an ok game, solid defensively as usual but that was about it. The main contribution from the Uruguayan was dispossessing Martial and laying it off to Janmaat so he could tee it up for Capoue to get the first goal.

Daryl Janmaat – 8

Another great performance from the Dutchman. Newcastle fans were telling me that he was terrible at defending, but from what I’ve seen he can both defend and attack! He always got back to deal with the threat of Martial and Young, and always got forward when he had the chance. He also got the assist for Capoue’s goal to top off a great performance.

Valon Behrami – 7

Since Walter Mazzarri has come in, it has given Behrami a new lease of life. He acts as a sweeper for the midfield, picking up all of United’s misplaced passes, and clearing the ball whenever he needed to. You could say that he was at fault for Rashford’s goal, but there’s nothing more that he could’ve done. Good all round performance.

Etienne Capoue – 8

The goal machine churned another one out on Sunday. Showed Pogba how it is done, even when you were bought for 15 times less money. After last season with no goals, and feeling like he will miss with every shot, he has turned it all around and now whenever he shoots, you know it’s either on target or in the back of the net.

Roberto Pereyra – 7

A quieter performance from the Argentine on Sunday. For the first 60 minutes he was almost invisible, made a few good runs and won a couple of free kicks, but other than that was very subdued. In the last 30 minutes, however, he found a second wind and sprung to life. Provided the fantastic assist for Zuniga’s goal, and would not stop running, even getting back defensively. Great to watch.

Jose Holebas – 8

Seems to improve with every game. Over the summer he has turned into a completely different player. He has been fantastic defensively, and was in this game too. He also has been great going forward, putting in some great crosses and good free kicks. Very nice to see him growing into a great Premier League player.

Troy Deeney – 8

What a captain’s performance. Controlled everything that was happening when Watford were seeing out the win. He was also all over the pitch, clearing corners then getting up the pitch to set up a chance. Of course, topped off with a goal to confirm the win. Seems to be back to his old self.

Odion Ighalo – 5

A game to forget for Ighalo. After missing an open goal following a De Gea mistake, it seemed as if his confidence just left. Everything he did from then on seemed like it would go wrong. Needed to be taken off for Success earlier, but that didn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.


Nordin Amrabat – 7

Had a massive impact on the game, didn’t give Luke Shaw a moments rest. His pace was very welcome in the closing stages, as he chased down every ball and won it. Much better performance following his one against Arsenal.

Juan Zuniga – 8

What an impact Zuniga had. Scoring after 53 seconds on the pitch to put the Hornets 2-1 up with an emphatic finish. He had a massive impact on seeing the game out too, holding the ball up, and winning the penalty that sealed the 3 points for the Golden Boys.

Isaac Success

Wasn’t on the pitch long enough for me to give him a rating, but he completed the most take-ons in his 6 minutes on the pitch than any other Watford player. Should’ve come on earlier for me, but he still had a great impact, mugging off Bailly twice on his mazy run in to the box. Hopefully gets a start soon, maybe to replace the dwindling Ighalo.

So, that’s my Watford player ratings from the historic win against Man United! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!

By Tom Cobbing (@tomcobbing)