Ben Foster was one of four former Manchester United players to feature against us on Sunday.

Along with Craig Cathcart and substitutes Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley, Foster enjoyed a fruitless visit to Old Trafford and left with a 3-0 defeat.

It was not a game Foster will remember well, giving away a penalty for United’s opener and then being chipped by Anthony Martial for the second.

Foster spoke to Watford’s website about the penalty and said that Fernandes’ speed caught him out.

He said: “I’d say the first goal was a mistake from me, I should have held back really. I just thought I could get there, but he was really quick and got there first.”


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At the moment Fernandes is an unfamiliar player to opponents, and it’s easy to misjudge him.

His speed of mind is just as important as his pace and it enabled him to get to Dan James’ pass first and win the penalty.

Excellent finishing

Foster made no comment on Fernandes sending him the wrong way from the penalty spot, and nor did he address Anthony Martial’s remarkable chipped second goal.

As for Mason Greenwood’s clinical third, there was nothing the goalkeeper could do. Ultimately United’s excellent finishing was the difference, and it hasn’t always been that way this season.

Foster had one complaint about VAR ruling out Troy Deeney’s handball goal, but admitted his team should have handled it better.

He said: “The second half was disappointing, and we didn’t recover from the disallowed goal. We thought we’d got back into it, but it wasn’t to be, and we let our heads drop. It’s not handball for me. His arm is pressed to his body, but the new rule is what it is. You can’t let things like that affect you.”

United have had a few VAR decisions go our way over the past couple of games against Chelsea and Watford, with three goals against us ruled out.

One was for a push, one for offside and one for handball. While opposing fans will moan, all of the decisions appeared to be correct.

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