Bruno Fernandes scored one and assisted another goal as Manchester United moved to fifth on the English Premier League log with a 3-0 win over Watford at Old Trafford on Sunday.
United came in the game with the knowledge that Spurs had fallen to Chelsea a day earlier and a win was going to boost their top-four chances.
Watford, on the other hand, was looking to ease their relegation woes and in the earlier proceedings, they gave the home side all the problems in the world but couldn't find a way to prevent United from taking a 42nd-minute lead.
United was awarded a penalty with Fernandes making no mistake from the spot in what was his first goal in a Manchester United shirt. That goal ended a run of 235 minutes without a Premier League goal at Old Trafford for United.
Watford was never going to relent and they thought they had equalized when Troy Deeny slotted past De Gea ten minutes after the resumption but after the VAR review, the goal was chucked off after the Watford captain was adjudged to have handled the ball prior to the goal.
It was hardly been a vintage United but they were two goals to the good soon as Anthony Martial banged a beauty in the 60th minute before Mason Greenwood put the game beyond Watford with a third after being teed up by Fernandes later on.
A flurry of changes at Old Trafford saw the return of Scott McTominay coming on for Fred, Tahith Chong replacing Greenwood and Odion Ighalo replaces Martial.
Ighalo went close to adding a fourth a moment late on, but he fires into the side netting after seizing on a poor header by Adam Masina, who inadvertently plunged Foster into trouble.