Watford 3 Manchester United 1 player ratings: Wayne Rooney, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Etienne Capoue ranked…in emojis

WATFORD heaped more pressure on Jose Mourinho as they sent Manchester United crashing to a third straight defeat.

Etienne Capoue continued his impressive start to the new season as he opened the scoring with his fourth league goal of the season.

Troy Deeney celebrates his late penalty as Watford ran out convincing winners over Manchester United
Troy Deeney celebrates his late penalty as Watford ran out convincing winners over Manchester United
PA:Press Association

Marcus Rashford levelled the scores for United while some of his senior teammates struggled to make any impression on the game at Vicarage Road.

But Watford were not to be denied as substitute Juan Zuniga struck before Troy Deeney’s penalty wrapped up the win.

Analysis: Five things we learnt as Watford send Manchester United tumbling to defeat

The Hornets fully deserved the win for a fine all-round display but too many of United’s players were well off the pace.

Find out how they performed with our SunSport emoji ratings….


Heurelho Gomes


A quiet afternoon for the giant Brazilian, had no chance with the United equaliser, but struggled with his kicking game.

Darryl Janmaat

janmaat emoji

Defended well and provided excellent threat down the right. Picked out Etienne Capoue well for the goal before injury ended his day early.

Craig Cathcart

cathcart emoji

No fuss display from a no fuss defender. Dealt well with the threat of the United attack and was blameless with Marcus Rashford’s equaliser

Sebastien Prodl

prodl emoji

Used his strength well to cope with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but needed a fine last ditch tackle after his error let the Swede clean through on goal

Miguel Britos

britos emoji

Becoming an important player for Watford with a calm assurance about his play.

Valon Behrami

behrami emoji

Always full of running in midfield and largely nullified Wayne Rooney’s impact on the game, but could have defended better when the ball bounced off him for Rashford goal.

Etienne Capoue

capoue emoji

Always looked to join in as Watford pressed and calm finish for the goal showed he is playing with sky high confidence

Jose Holebas

holebas emoji

Looking at home as a Premier League player, did much of the hard work for Watford and quick tackle on Anthony Martial set up the opening goal.

Roberto Pereyra

pereyra-emojiCommitment not in question but struggled to make any real impact on the game going forward.

Troy Deeney

deeney emojiDenied goal by brilliant David de Gea save, a constant menace as the outlet for Watford all game and got his rewards from the spot.

Odion Ighalo


Wasted golden chance as shot wide of an empty net, struggling to recapture the form of his first season in the top flight.



David de Gea

de-gea emojiLucky Ighalo missed open goal after his flap, made amends with fine save from Troy Deeney header. But poor effort with his feet when Capoue fired Watford into the lead.

Antonio Valencia

valencia emojiNot the finest afternoon’s work for the normally consistent Valencia, replaced by Juan Mata as United chased an equaliser

Eric Bailly

bailly emojiMatched up well to the physical threat and willing running of Troy Deeney, clearly first choice centre-back for Jose Mourinho.

Chris Smalling

smalling emojiWelcome return to the starting line-up, looked comfortable alongside Bailly and grew in confidence as the game wore on.

Luke Shaw

shaw emojiAnother consistent display at left-back, though struggled to get forward as much as he likes to support United attacks.

Marouane Fellaini

fellaini emojiFortunate the ref missed his blatant shirt pull on Deeney, endured a torrid first half and conceding the late penalty summed up his poor afternoon.

Paul Pogba

pogba emojiEarly season struggles continued, and became increasingly frustrated as the game developed. Booked for a needless shove on Behrami

Marcus Rashford

rashford emojiMay have struggled to shine at times, but striker is there to score vital goals and he came up trumps again when United needed him most.

Wayne Rooney

rooney emojiLargely anonymous in his role, failed to threaten going forward, off the pace and poor distrubution. Well below par.

Anthony Martial

martial emojiShould have been substituted after clash of heads with Darryl Janmaat and was in a daze when robbed of possession when Watford took the lead,

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

ibrahimovic emojiNever hid despite United struggling to impose themselves, but wasted an early chance and hardly got any change out of the Watford defence.

Watch ALL the goals from the Premier League before anyone else for FREE plus all the latest news, fixtures and results and live match commentary all on the go with the new Sun Football App – click here to download


Leave a comment