Watford manager Marco Silva’s impressive achievements since arriving in English football have seen him marked out as a possible new Special One. A mini Special One, maybe.

But the real Special One, Jose Mourinho, has been around a bit and seen off more than a few young pretenders. Last night his Manchester United team showed Silva in no uncertain terms who was boss.

The key to the night was Ashley Young. Given a new lease of life this season by the Portuguese, the 32 year old tore the heart of of his old tea with two brilliant first half goals, Anthony Martial adding a third in a blistering half an hour Young was greeted politely by Hornets fans when his name was read out at the start.

But by the time his second goal hit the back of the net the boos were ringing out. He cupped his ear as he celebrated – he can hear the sound of a new contract on its way.

United closed the gap on City to five points, and as they prepare to face Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday, that wobbly away form is suddenly beginning to look a little more steady. Troy Deeney’s late penalty gave Watford some deserved consolation. 

Watford’s tally of 21 points from 13 games before kick-off equalled their best ever start to a top-flight season. Silva’s side had beaten West Ham and Newcastle convincingly in their last two games and were buoyant.

Mourinho’s team had by contrast been worryingly fragile on their travels, losing their last two away trips, at Huddersfield and Chelsea. They went into the…

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