Manchester United's three best players against Watford

United delivered a below par performance to win 2-1 at home to Watford at the weekend.
In the first game at Old Trafford since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s permanent appointment, more was expected.
Still, the three points keeps United’s chase for a top four place on track. And it wasn’t all bad.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial both getting back on the scoresheet was a big boost for both players.
Here is a look at three more top performers from United’s hard fought win…

Luke Shaw

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Shaw’s excellent pass created Marcus Rashford’s opener, laying the ball on a plate for the striker.
It was the left-back’s third assist in his last six United matches.
He was excellent defensively and in attack, managing more touches (77) than any Red Devils player.
At the back he made five clearances and blocked one shot. He will be key in the upcoming Champions League ties.

Phil Jones

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This was Phil Jones’ first game since early February, a surprise selection ahead of Victor Lindelöf.
To his credit, Jones played like he had never been away, and was key in United shutting Watford out until their late consolation.
Jones made nine clearances, and three interceptions.

He gets criticism when he does not play well, so it’s only fair to praise him when he gets it right.

David de Gea

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The Spaniard is so easily taken for granted at times.
He had a mishap against Arsenal in United’s last Premier League game, but this time around he was back to his best, and it was good to see.

De Gea made seven saves against Watford, denying Troy Deeney, Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra twice each, along with Kiko Femenia.
He will be frustrated to have been denied a clean sheet late on.

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