In a dismal first half, Watford made a joke of two Man United transfer flops.
At Vicarage Road, Manchester United had a dreadful first 45 minutes.
Watford made a joke of Manchester United’s transfer failings at Vicarage Road on Saturday, scoring two goals in the first half through Josh King and Ismaila Sarr. Before the break, United turned in a lackluster performance, casting further doubt on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s managerial future.
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Last year, Solskjaer approved transfers for King and Sarr, but discussions for both fell through.
After David de Gea had saved two penalties, it came back to bite the Red Devils on Saturday, as King opened the score on the half-hour mark.
Sarr added a second on the eve of half-time to cap off a commanding first 45 minutes, despite missing both spot-kicks.
As Solskjaer walked into the tunnel for the halftime break, he could have reflected how different things might have been if United had signed both players.
After failing to replace Romelu Lukaku and losing Marcus Rashford to a back injury in January 2020, United desperately looked for a new striker.
As the transfer deadline came closer, the Red Devils sought AFC Bournemouth for King but were refused down.
Odion Ighalo, a Nigerian international, was eventually signed on loan by Solskjaer and spent a year at Old Trafford.
In the summer windows after that, Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo arrived, but King is demonstrating he would’ve been a wise purchase.
United were looking for a new right-winger last summer as Jadon Sancho became less unachievable as the transfer window progressed.
And Sarr’s agent, Thierno Seydi, has disclosed that the Red Devils were interested in signing his client, but that their offer was too low.
“The Manchester team wanted to sign him during the summer,” he claimed.
“They offered a loan without an option at the last minute, which Watford declined because the loan was expected to be accompanied with a right of first refusal option for the Manchester club.”
Five minutes after coming on as a half-time substitution, Donny van de Beek headed United back into the game, but it was all downhill from there.
Captain Harry Maguire was ejected after receiving a second yellow card on 69 minutes, while Joao Pedro and Emmanuel Dennis added to the misery. “Brinkwire News Summary.”