Possession: United 42% Watford 58%
Shots: Watford 6 United 8
Shots on target: Watford 3 United 0
Corners: Watford 0 United 3
Although Ibrahimovic sent a shot well wide, Watford carried the greater threat for a spell after the break and pressed by forcing corners and free-kicks. It took an incisive move to get United back into the game as Ibrahimovic played a one-two with Rashford and chipped dangerously into the area. The ball came off Valon Behrami’s arm and fell to Rashford, who smacked a left-footed shot past Gomes to level the scores.
Ibrahimovic was close to securing the lead when meeting a Fellaini cross with a powerful header that forced a superb one-handed stop out of Gomes as Mourinho’s men tried in vain to edge in front. Instead, out of nothing, Roberto Peyreyra managed to find enough space to tee up Zuniga and the Colombian, who had only just entered the fray as a substitute, swept past De Gea.
Memphis came on for Shaw in another attacking move but there was no route back for the Reds as Watford ran down the clock convincingly and even won a late spot-kick as Zuniga tumbled under a Fellaini challenge inside the box. Deeney stepped up to smash home, as he did in the fixture last season, and it wrapped things up.
After three defeats in succession, a trip to Northampton Town in the League Cup awaits United in midweek, with the Reds desperate to get back on track.
Possession: Watford 40% United 60%
Shots: Watford 10 United 15
Shots on target: Watford 5 United 2
Corners: Watford 5 United 7
Watford: Gomes; Cathcart, Prodl, Britos; Janmaat, Pereyra, Behrami, Capoue (Zuniga 82), Holebas; Deeney, Ighalo (Success 90). Subs: Pantilimon, Kenedy, Watson, Amrabat, Guedioura.
Booked: Britos, Holebas, Deeney
United: De Gea; Valencia (Mata 61), Smalling, Bailly, Shaw (Memphis 85); Pogba, Fellaini; Rashford, Rooney, Martial (Young 38); Ibrahimovic. Subs: Romero, Blind, Carrick, Herrera.
Booked: Pogba, Fellaini, Memphis, Rooney