Watford vs Man United: Nigeria’s Dennis scores, mocks Maguire, rated high

Emmanuel Dennis helped Watford to a shock 4-1 win against Manchester United dyring their their Premier League encounter on Saturday.

Watford could even afford to miss an early penalty twice as David de Gea saved from Ismaila Sarr and Kiko Femenia’s follow-up from the first spot-kick was ruled out for encroaching.

Joshua King worked under Solskjaer in the United youth ranks and did his old boss no favours by converting a low cross on 28 minutes to give the home side a deserved lead.

Sarr made amends for his penalty misses just before the break by drilling home from a narrow angle.

Solskjaer responded by introducing Donny Van de Beek at half-time and his refusal to give the Dutchman more opportunities will be questioned after he made an instant impact to turn home Cristiano Ronaldo’s header across goal.

However, just as the visitors were building momentum, captain Harry Maguire’s miserable season suffered another setback when he was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Joao Pedro and Emmanuel Dennis rubbed more salt into United’s wounds in stoppage time.

Watford striker Emmanuel Dennis took a shot at Manchester United defender Harry Maguire with a cheeky celebration in the Hornets 4-1 win on Saturday.

Dennis netted in injury time goal to cap Watford’s rout and leave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job hanging by a thread.

United skipper Maguire was sent off for a wild lunge with United trailing 2-1 midway through the second half – but his afternoon got worse as Dennis copied Maguire’s celebrations from midweek after downing United.

Maguire was slammed by United icon Roy Keane after celebrating his goal against Albania by cupping his ears in a defiant message to his critics.

And Dennis took the opportunity to poke fun at Maguire by copying his celebration late on at Vicarage Road.

Skysports and other sports websites rated Dennis’s performance high after the game.

The player’s performance was rated above 0 percent

Player ratings, according to Skysports:

Watford: Foster (7), Femenia (7), Nkoulou (7), Cathcart (6), Masina (7), Cleverley (7), Sissoko (7), Louza (8), Sarr (7), Dennis (9), King (8).

Subs: Hernandez (6), Ekong (7), Pedro (7).

Manchester United: De Gea (6), Wan-Bissaka (2), Lindelof (4), Maguire (3), Shaw (4), McTominay (5), Matic (3), Sancho (5), Fernandes (5), Rashford (5), Ronaldo (5).

Subs: Martial (4), Van de Beek (6), Dalot, Lingard (n/a).

Accolades for Nigerian star
Premier Leagueon its Twitter handle, @premierleague, described Dennis’ performance as remarkable.

“Late goals from Emmanuel Dennis and Joao Pedro cap off a remarkable afternoon for @WatfordFC,” EPL tweeted.

“An excellent start to life at Watford,” Statman Dave @StatmanDave added.
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