First-half goals by Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling and some heroics from David De Gea in goal saw Manchester United end Watford's perfect start to the Premier League season.
WATFORD, England — Manchester United ended Watford's unexpectedly perfect start to the English Premier League with a 2-1 victory in the fifth round on Saturday.
Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling both scored inside three minutes in the first half and Jose Mourinho's side had to withstand a second-half fightback by Watford.
After Andre Gray was left unmarked to pull one back for Watford, United was reduced to 10 men in stoppage time: Nemanja Matic received a second booking for bringing down Will Hughes.
It then took David de Gea's fingertip save from Abdoulaye Doucoure's header to ensure United claimed a third victory of the campaign.
Fourth-place Watford is still ahead of United, although the gap between the sides has been narrowed to three points.