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Man United stumbles again in Watford deadlock

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick said he was doing his job after the Red Devils wasted a number of opportunities to draw 0-0 at home to Watford and drop more valuable points in the battle for a place in the Premier League. top four in the Premier League.

United dominated from start to finish, but had to pay for Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Elanga who failed to reach the goal clinically.

The Red Devils remained fourth, but were only two points ahead of Arsenal, who have three games in their hand.

“Our job as coaches is to help the team create enough opportunities. The number of clear chances we had today should be enough to win a game like this,” Rangnick said.

“Sometimes we were unlucky, with Cristiano hitting the post, but we also had a few one-on-one chances with the goalkeeper. This is not luck, this is just a matter of sharpness and efficiency to be clinical.”

Before kick-off, both sets of players stood next to Rangnick holding a “peace” sign in six languages ​​in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Rangnick also wore a “no war” badge as Ukrainian flags fluttered among the crowd at Old Trafford.

A 4-1 defeat at Vicarage Road, when the teams last met in November, proved to be the final straw for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time as United manager.

United have since lost only once to open play in 20 games, but nine of those have been draws as a star-studded side still struggles to live up to expectations.

After speculation about the potential for Ronaldo to take over the captaincy from Harry Maguire, it was Fernandes who grabbed the armband when the England centre-back fell to the bench.

Fernandes could have scored a hat-trick before half time as he shot too close to Ben Foster when he was one-on-one, shot from close range and then went head over heels after Ronaldo appeared to have fouled Foster in the goal. area.

Ronaldo has only scored once in 10 games but was unlucky when he hit the post early and a goal was disallowed for narrow offside.

Elanga was United’s savior with a late equalizer to save a 1-1 draw from a disappointing performance at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last 16 midweek.

The Swedish teenager was rewarded with a start for Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford. He almost repaid Rangnick’s trust when he jabbed just wide after Paul Pogba’s heel put him through the goal.

Sancho and Rashford were thrown in in the closing stages and the first came close with a try that fell just too late as the game came into stoppage time.

But Watford could even have taken a memorable double off United when Ismaila Sarr fired a shot just wide in the final act of the game.

A draw puts Roy Hodgson’s men within three safety points in 19th place.

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