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Sports News of Monday, 22 November 2021

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Dennis happy with win over United

Emmanuel Dennis Emmanuel Dennis

Nigeria international, Emmanuel Dennis, has expressed his delight after guiding Watford to a historic 4-1 Premier League win against Manchester United at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Dennis was the star man as the Hornets handed the Red Devils their heaviest league defeat against a newly-promoted club since September 1989 when they suffered a 5-1 loss to Manchester City.

The 24-year-old set up two goals and then scored a goal as Claudio Ranieri’s side claimed their fourth win of the season.

Watford took the lead through Joshua King in the 28th minute following an assist from Dennis before Senegal international Ismaila Sarr, who had missed a penalty in the 11th minute, doubled the lead in the 44th minute for a 2-0 half-time scoreline.

Donny van de Beek’s reduced the deficit in the 50th minute with a fine header, but United were reduced to 10 men in the 69th minute when Harry Maguire was shown his second yellow card after a clumsy foul and then Dennis set up Joao Pedro for the third in the 92nd minute.

After two assists, Dennis finally got his deserved goal to put the game beyond any doubts and seal maximum points for the hosts in stoppage time.

Speaking on an unforgettable afternoon, the Nigerian was delighted with the deserved victory and three vital points and said he was ready to play anywhere the manager wants him.

“I can play anywhere in the front three, it’s okay to me and I did the job,” Dennis told the club’s official website after the game.

“I’m very happy, we deserved to win. Winning was the only thing in our heads, we kept going and got a very important three points.

“We kept going, I missed the chance before the penalty, I could have scored but we kept going and I got a goal!”

João Pedro’s two late goals calmed the nerves of Watford supporters in the second half, and Dennis was pleased to see the forward score his first Premier League goal.

“I’m really happy for him,” said the forward.

“He was emotional, which is normal, this is the Premier League. I’m happy I could give him the assist.

“I was running and I thought Cucho (Hernández) was going to chest it to me but he took it for himself. The defender was on Cucho so I took the ball, I knew he was going to stay with Cucho, and then the good finish.

“It (the win) was really important with the big games coming up, we’re really happy.”

Dennis, who joined Watford at the start of the season from FC Cologne, has scored four goals in the top-flight from 11 appearances.