Pearson can’t stop himself hinting at great escape after Man Utd heroics

Date published: Sunday 22nd December 2019 5:45

Nigel Pearson claimed that Watford can get out of their relegation battle after their remarkable win over Manchester United.

Watford turned a corner with their first home league win of the season, as two quick goals proved too much for United to come back from.

The result moved Watford level on points with 19th-placed Norwich, although they remain bottom on goal difference.

However, Pearson has hinted that survival could be on, explaining how his side can only focus on themselves and not their relegation rivals.

“I am very pleased with the result,” he told Match of the Day. “We needed that very badly because it would have been difficult to go beyond Christmas without a win.

“Performance wise we probably played better last week, but I’m delighted how we approached the game. We have given the fans something to cheer.

“Errors always happen in games and I said to the players I would take a scruffy 1-0 win. I thought we did some good things, deserved to win the game and there is more to come.

“We’ve been unfortunate at times this season. We have to concentrate on ourselves and not worry what other people are doing. We have to set standards we are aiming for.

“I’m not going to discuss that [a potential great escape]. We are in a difficult situation but I believe we can get out of it.

“The situation we are in, we have do anything we can to win a game. I thought the players committed to the game exceptionally well. I’ll be very confident we can get out of this situation.”

Read more: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has criticised Manchester United for playing “too slow” in their shock defeat to Watford, a game he described as “like a testimonial”.

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