Manchester United become first team to win 2000 Premier League points

That run has allowed them to close on the leading pack, with just one point separating them from the Champions League places. Jose Mourinho knew going into Watford's visit that, ahead of the busy period, he had to settle on an XI to remain competitive in all competitions. I don't think it is easy, because you want to play the competition, but at the same time we have motivation.

Mourinho spoke to Martial one-to-one at the team hotel before handing the 21-year-old his first Premier League start in almost a month against Watford. Mata and Martial linked up with a fine one-two to set up the Spaniard's sixth of the season, putting United deservedly ahead. Watford's Jose Holebas was the visitors' outlet on the counter-attack and he unleashed a wicked effort from 30 yards which drifted wide, before Paul Pogba did the same at the other end which Gomes did well to tip round his post.

Martial increased United's lead on the hr mark, shooting right into the lower left edge from 10 lawns after Zlatan Ibrahimovic's touch established him totally free right into the location.

"I gave him the chance to start". Martial has a goal and three assists in his last two appearances, so clearly he deserves more playing time. United have 48 points. In the first home match after Monday's 59th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster, the United fans unveiled a giant surfer flag bearing the words "We'll never die" in remembrance while the players donned the traditional black armbands.

The France global is well aware of the rowdy nature of the Saint-Etienne crowd, with even good atmospheres created at the ground when Les Verts take on smaller Ligue 1 sides. United then travel to Blackburn for an FA Cup meeting on Saturday before flying off to France for the second-leg against St. Etienne.

One final payment, worth £10m, will be scheduled should Martial be shortlisted for the Ballon d'Or, bringing the total transfer cost to £62m.

His ultimate goal this year is to get to the Europe League.

And former Liverpool captain Gerrard has assessed Manchester United's hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League. As would a top four position.

Anthony Martial says a goal against Saint-Etienne would be extra special in a rivalry that goes back to his days with Lyon. Leicester City square off against Sevilla, which will be a big ask of them considering their domestic form.

Mauro Zarate compelled a great conserve from David de Gea with a free-kick after the break, however United proceeded with wave after wave of sweeping assaults, as well as obtained their 2nd on the hr mark.

Check in next Monday for Europa League and FA Cup review.

  • Leroy Wright