Man Utd in huge penalty let-off as David De Gea saves retaken spot-kick after Bruno Fernandes and McTominay blunders
MANCHESTER UNITED survived a shambolic few minutes against Watford as David De Gea bailed out Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay following their double-blunder.
The Hornets were awarded a seventh-minute penalty after Fernandes' woeful, sliced clearance led to McTominay bringing down Joshua King with a clumsy 'rugby tackle' in the area.
Ismaila Sarr's poor spot-kick was pushed away by De Gea – only for Kiko Femenia to thump home the rebound.
However, Watford were ordered to re-take the penalty after Femenia had charged into the box before it Sarr made contact with the ball.
But AGAIN Sarr unleashed a weak effort with De Gea able to push the ball away, before United's defence scrambled it clear.
Despite breathing a huge sigh of relief, United could count themselves lucky to still have 11 players on the pitch.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Alan Hutton claimed McTominay should have been sent off for his foul.
The former Aston Villa and Tottenham defender claimed: "I think Scott McTominay is actually lucky to still be on the pitch for that initial challenge for the penalty…
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"He completely rugby tackles him to the floor."
Hutton continued: "The word for this game is frantic – it's very end to end.
"This is what we like to see – two teams going at it.
"Three points on the line and they're both definitely going for it today.
Amid the chaos, Ashley Williams – speaking on Final Score – was quick to pile praise on De Gea for keeping his focus.
Williams said: "That was unbelievable save by David de Gea, and he has had his critics."
But De Gea's good work was undone just 20 minutes later after Watford finally made their pressure count as King side-footed into the back of the net after Emmanuel Dennis had beaten Aaron Wan-Bissaka on the wing.
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