United: K.O. In First Gear
It was too easy. United eased to victory against Watford who showed again they are a decent Championship side. The visitors made it difficult for us until the first goal but they were never really in this game.
United dominated from start to finish and apart from the cross that deceived Kuszczak to hit the bar, the Hornets never threatened to score. We weren't at our creative best and did not have many opportunities but 17 shots on goal speak for themselves, even though we needed a penalty to break them down.
Kieran Richardson started on the left wing and O'Shea in the middle. I think they would admit they did little to stake their claim for a regular place. Richardson was lively but one-dimensional and his vision and thinking deserted him all too often. O'Shea was invisible as a defensive midfielder but that's not his fault. Fletcher would have deserved a place on the bench at least, I don't know why he fell out of favour now he had started to play well this season.
Great to see Rooney in such a form. He sprang into life in the second half and as a result our attacks became much more refined. Watford simply could not cope with our players' pace and skill. They are definitely doomed, this squad is very far off the Premiership standard. The last 2 minutes were embarassing: United knocking the ball around in a relaxed fashion whilst Watford players did not have the mental and physical strength to take it. Mike Dean made the teams play until the end of the 3 minutes of added time. Torture for both teams.
Regarding our title chances, it's a sad thing Chelsea managed to win. They will defeat Charlton on Saturday to close the gap to three points and we will face an awfully tough game at Tottenham. The title race will be very, very close I believe.