Odion Ighalo of Manchester United gives his teammates instructions during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Watford FC at Old Trafford on February 23, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Premier League giants Manchester United extended their unbeaten run in the league to three fixtures after surpassing the challenge posed by Nigel Pearson’s rejuvenated Watford side. The Red Devils were put under a lot of pressure in the early stages of the tie but eventually came out of it unscathed. A first-half penalty from Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring for United, after which Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood ensured the win.

Manchester United Players Rated In Win Vs Watford

David De Gea – 6.5

For all the early pressure that the away side put on the United keeper, the Spaniard had a reasonably comfortable outing between the sticks. Only had two shots on target to deal with all night.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 6

The former Crystal Palace man had a tough outing for most of the night and wasn’t able to create much going forward. Needs to work harder on making meaningful attacking contributions.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 23: Anthony Martial of Manchester United celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Watford FC at Old Trafford on February 23, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Harry Maguire – 6.5

Had a horror moment in the first-half where he almost ran into Matic and gifted Watford a goal. Came back well and defended rather well from any set-piece situations that came their way.

Victor Lindelof – 5

The centre-half was far from convincing throughout the ninety as he looked a bit shellshocked right from the off. Could’ve easily gifted the Hornets a couple of clear chances.

Luke Shaw – 6.5

The Englishman put in a solid display down the flank tonight, as he singlehandedly dealt with multiple Watford attacks. Positioned himself well while defending too.

Fred – 7

The Brazilian midfielder guilty of overplaying the ball at times, but did well to keep the United possession flowing. Moved it around nicely and tried to pick out any well-positioned teammates.

Nemanja Matic – 6.5

The former Chelsea midfield destroyer could’ve cost the Red Devils the entire fixture with his mix-up in the first half, but did well to come back and help out in defence when required.

Daniel James – 7

The speedster showed a lot more enthusiasm and directness than his recent performances and did a decent attacking job in the first half. Needs to show more conviction in the final third.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 23: Anthony Martial of Manchester United celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal with teammate Bruno Fernandes during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Watford FC at Old Trafford on February 23, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Bruno Fernandes – 8.5

The latest Manchester United signing did an excellent job moving this team forward with his passing and movement. Won a penalty in the first half and converted it for his first goal.

Mason Greenwood – 7

Showed great composure to keep the ball under the cross-bar for his strike. Tried to create as much as possible over the course of the ninety, but was far from his usual high standards.

Anthony Martial – 7

The Frenchman showed great awareness as well as finesse to lob the ball into the net, above an onrushing Ben Foster. Didn’t do too much else and looked a little off the pace of the game.

Substitutes

Tahith Chong – NA

Didn’t have time to make an impact.

Odion Ighalo – NA

Didn’t have time to make an impact.

Scott McTominay – NA

Didn’t have time to make an impact.

Nikhil has been an avid Chelsea fan for as long as the concept of time has existed and rumours say that he even bleeds blue. Having lived in the UK for 3 years, Nikhil is said to have an excellent understanding of the atmosphere surrounding the English game. His role model is the greatest manager of all time - Jose Mourinho.