Manchester United were not at the races during Saturday afternoon’s Premier League tie against Watford.
The Red Devils would have come into Saturday’s encounter at Old Trafford desperate to put in a good showing following an underwhelming European performance against Atletico Madrid earlier in the week.
Despite their desire to return back to winning ways following a fortunate 1-1 draw in Spain on Wednesday, the Red Devils, led by interim boss Ralf Rangnick, failed to beat Roy Hodgson’s resolute Hornets (0-0) and ended up dropping two points in the race for top four football.
Reacting to the 20-times league winner’s abysmal performance, which saw them register just three shots on targets, BeIN Sports presenter Andy Gray gave a damning verdict and believes that something is seriously wrong at the club, but admitted he isn’t quite sure what it is.
“The thing is right, you see, United fans will say, as the commentator said ‘it should have been three points’,” Gray told co-presenter Richard Keys. “Nonsense it should have been three points.
“There are parts of football, there is defending, there is creation, there is the scoring of goals. There is all these sorts of things that go to get the result.
“When you don’t have the best players, what do you do? – Little bit like Burnley did against Tottenham the other night. You defend stoutly, they make sure they make of any attacking bits they get and they get a result.
“Roy [Hodgson] got his team wonderfully organised, really determined. Top class defensive performance.
“What’s wrong with that, if you’re Watford? – Nothing, absolutely nothing.
“United fans, if they’d said to me ‘well, we battered them, had 30 shots at goal, the [Watford] keeper has made 15 saves, or 10 saves. No – the keeper made three saves all day. Three saves.
“The last was that long shot from Fernandes in stoppage time.
“So they had two shots in the whole of 90-minutes, the third shot came in stoppage time – on target.
“That’s not good enough if you’re going to be a top-four side.
“Something is lacking there and I can’t quite put my finger on it.”
🗣️ “These are the kind of teams that United have struggled against this season… That’s not good enough if you want to be a top four side.” @richardajkeys & Andy Gray react to that goalless draw at Old Trafford!#beINPL #MUNWAT
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