Manchester United lost their sixth loss in seven Premier League games, a humiliating 4-1 defeat at the hands of Watford. Harry Maguire was sent off as a result.
Goals from Joshua King and Ismaila Sarr, who had an early penalty saved, added to the mounting pressure on United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is fighting to turn things around.
For United, a late goal from substitute Donny van de Beek restored parity after captain Maguire was ejected for two bookable offences.
Although Claudio Ranieri’s side were denied by late goals from Joao Pedro and Emmanuel Dennis, the win was enough to lift them four points out of the relegation zone. It was the home team’s second victory in seven games.
Watford were presented with a fantastic chance to take the lead in the sixth minute, with Jon Moss signalling to the spot after Nemanja Matic’s reckless hack at the ball resulted in Scott McTominay bundling over Jordan King in the box.
After Sarr’s penalty was saved, Kiko Femenia hammered home the rebound, but the goal was disallowed for encroaching in the area, and the spot-kick was ordered to be retaken, with David de Gea coming to the rescue once again.
King slotted home against his previous club from a Dennis cutback in the 28th minute, leaving the United goalie unable to prevent the hosts taking the lead.
Almost immediately after the interval, Watford extended their lead, with an unmarked Sarr taking a touch before blasting past De Gea from a tight angle to make it 2-0.
The Norwegian coach introduced Van de Beek before the halftime break, and the former Ajax midfielder reacted instantly by scoring a goal inside five minutes of his debut.
Afterwards, Foster made a sensational save to deny Cristiano Ronaldo as the visitors increased the pressure.
After Maguire was given a second yellow card in the 70th minute for a harsh tackle on Tom Cleverley, they continued to provide a danger to the opposition.
Nevertheless, their dreams were shattered as Watford scored twice in stoppage time, with Pedro and Dennis both hammering low goals past De Gea from a tight angle.