Man Utd 0 – 0 Watford

Manchester United’s top-four challenge was dented as Watford boosted their survival hopes with a plucky 0-0 draw at a disgruntled Old Trafford on Saturday.

In a poignant moment before a ball had been kicked, both sets of players, led by United interim boss Ralf Rangnick, displayed a sign calling for peace in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

On the pitch, United were superior throughout but were guilty of squandering a glut of gilt-edged chances, as they failed to respond to wins for Arsenal and Tottenham in the fiercely-contested race for Champions League football.

Cristiano Ronaldo was denied by the post in the first half, had an effort ruled out for offside and watched on as Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Anthony Elanga failed to underscore United’s dominance.

As United toiled, Watford, who were indebted to an inspired performance from former United goalkeeper Ben Foster, grew in confidence and could have completed a league double over their hosts, but Ismaila Sarr’s stoppage-time effort whistled inches wide.

All-too familiar boos rang out as the final whistle sounded at Old Trafford, as fourth-placed United moved two points clear of fifth-place Arsenal – who have played three games fewer – and second-bottom Watford claimed a priceless point which left them three points from safety.

More to follow.

What’s next?

Sunday 6th March 4:00 pm

Kick off 4:30 pm

Man Utd travel to Man City for the Manchester derby on Super Sunday – live at 4.30pm on Sky Sports Premier League. Before that, Watford host Arsenal on Super Sunday – live at 1.30pm on Sky Sports Premier League.

Sunday 6th March 1:00 pm

Kick off 2:00 pm

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