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Juan Mata scores brilliant free-kick as Manchester United beat Watford 1-0

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Juan Mata prevented more speculation surrounding the future of Louis van Gaal after he scored a magnificent free-kick to seal a 1-0 victory for Manchester United against Watford.

It looked as though it would be, yet another, drab affair at Old Trafford until the Spaniard took centre stage.

The former Chelsea midfielder struck a 20-yard free-kick into right into the top corner to send the Stretford End into delirium.

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It could prove to be a vital victory for the Red Devils as it puts them level on points with Manchester City in fourth after the Citizens lost 3-0 against Liverpool at Anfield.

It also leaves Van Gaal’s side just four points behind Arsenal as the topsy-turvy Premier League campaign continues.

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Watch the brilliant free kick here:

The free-kick, and win, capped a fantastic week for the club.

Last Thursday they thrashed Midtjylland 5-1 to progress to the Europa League last-16 and followed that up with a brilliant 3-2 victory over Arsenal at Old Trafford.

Their third win in six days has helped ease the pressure on Van Gaal and the club have seemingly turned their season around.

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There was no need for the heroics of Marcus Rashford against Watford. The 18-year-old scored twice in the Europa League last week on his debut and followed that up with another double against the Gunners.

The youngster had a bit more help upfront this time, with Anthony Martial returning from injury to join the man of the moment. But neither players could create any clear cut chances in the opening 45 minutes.

In fact, Watford top goalscorer Odion Ighalo had the best two chances for the visitors. First, the Nigerian shot wide from a Troy Deeney knock-down before Ighalo should have squared it to his strike partner instead of shooting.

But the Red Devils did just enough to deserve their win and it came in style, as you can see in the video above.

United fans took to Twitter to praise the quality of the free-kick from their Spanish playmaker.

Talk of Jose Mourinho replacing Van Gaal at the end of the season will no doubt now be at the back of United fans' minds during this impressive winning streak. With ten matches remaining, they are well and truly in with a shout of achieving a top four finish this season.

They are also still in the FA Cup where they face West Ham in the quarter-final at Old Trafford, while they clash with Liverpool in the Europa League last-16.

Just weeks ago, the season looked over for the Red Devils but they are now fighting on three fronts as Van Gaal lives on.

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