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Preview: Manchester United v Watford – Barclays Premier League 2015/16

Old Trafford, Manchester

Barclays Premier League 2015/16

Wednesday 2nd March 2016, KO 20:00 GMT

Referee: Mike Jones;

Assistant Referees: Ian Hussin and Gary Beswick;

Fourth Official: Jonathan Moss

Manchester United face Watford in the Barclays Premier League on Wednesday evening, fresh from their 3-2 victory over Arsenal at Old Trafford. Louis van Gaal was in good spirits on Sunday, diving in the technical area in a morale boosting victory over a side chasing the Premier League title, a bid which has been dented slightly by the defeat to United. The Dutchman is steering his side in the middle of an injury crisis, which is coming to an end with possibly three players coming back from injury for Wednesday’s match against Watford, who are out of sorts at the current time. United have won three matches in a row, scoring at least three goals in each match, five against Midtjylland, conceding three goals in those three matches, two against Arsenal.

Manchester United, being in form, slightly, need to keep their winning record in order to break back into the top four this season. The fact that they have made it to the round of 16 in the UEFA Europa League and the sixth round of the Emirates FA Cup is good stead for a trophy this season, but there is still some work to do in order to get there. Winning matches against the likes of Watford needs to be the case, as anything less than a victory will mean the win over Arsenal will mean nothing with the club ending up in the position they were in before they face Arsenal at the weekend, especially if Arsenal win their next match. Come on UNITED!

Manchester United Statistics (Domestic League):

Based on Barclays Premier League 2015/16 [statistics taken from the Official Barclays Premier League website]

Played 27 matches, won 12, drawn 8, lost 7 and currently have 44 points

Scored 36 goals (1.33 goals per match) and conceded 26 goals (0.96 goals per match)

Longest unbeaten streak is 7 matches

Clean sheet record 44%

Watford (Domestic League):

Based on Barclays Premier League 2015/16 [statistics taken from the Official Barclays Premier League website]

Played 27 matches, won 10, drawn 7, lost 10 and currently have 37 points

Scored 29 goals (1.07 goals per match) and conceded 28 goals (1.04 goals per match)

Longest unbeaten streak is 5 matches

Clean sheet record 37%

Top Scorers (all competitions):

Manchester United: 14 – Wayne Rooney, 10 – Anthony Martial, 7 – Memphis Depay, Juan Mata, 6 – Ander Herrera, 5 – Jesse Lingard, 4 – Own Goal, Marcus Rashford,, 2 – Daley Blind, Marouane Fellaini, Chris Smalling, 1 – Adnan Januzaj, Andreas Pereira, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger

Watford15 – Odion Ighalo, 9 – Troy Deeney, 1 – Almen Abdi, Nathan Aké, Craig Cathcart, Ben Watson

Manchester United Form: WWWLLD

Last Six Matches (all competitions): Arsenal 3-2 W, Midtjylland 5-1 W, Shrewsbury Town 3-0 W, FC Midtjylland 2-1 L, Sunderland 2-1 L, Chelsea 1-1 D

Watford Form: DWWLDW

Last Six Matches (all competitions): Bournemouth 0-0 D, Leeds United 1-0 W, Crystal Palace 2-1 W, Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 L, Chelsea 0-0 D, Nottingham Forest 1-0 W

Head to Head:

Played two matches at Old Trafford in the Barclays Premier League:

Manchester United: Won 2, Drawn 0, Lost 0 – Scored 8 goals, conceded 1 goals and kept 1 clean sheet

Watford: Won 0, Drawn 0, Lost 2 – Scored 1 goals, conceded 8 goals and kept 0 clean sheets

Manchester United Squad:

Manager: Louis van Gaal

Goalkeepers: 1. David De Gea, 20. Sergio Romero, 34. Dean Henderson, 40. Joel Castro Pereira, 50. Sam Johnstone;

Defenders: 4. Phil Jones, 5. Marcos Rojo, 12. Chris Smalling, 23. Luke Shaw, 30. Guillermo Varela, 33. Paddy McNair, 36. Matteo Darmian, 37. Donald Love, 38. Axel Tuanzebe, 41. Regan Poole, 43. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson;

Midfielders: 8. Juan Mata, 16. Michael Carrick, 17. Daley Blind, 18. Ashley Young, 21. Ander Herrera, 25. Antonio Valencia, 27. Marouane Fellaini, 28. Morgan Schneiderlin, 31. Bastian Schweinsteiger, 35. Jesse Lingard, 44. Andreas Pereira, 45. Sean Goss;

Strikers: 7. Memphis Depay, 9. Anthony Martial, 10. Wayne Rooney, 39. Marcus Rashford, 48. Will Keane

Doubts/Injuries: 3. Luke Shaw (broken leg), 4. Phil Jones (knock), 10. Wayne Rooney (knee), 18. Ashley Young (groin), 25. Antonio Valencia (ankle), 27. Marouane Fellaini (hamstring), 31. Bastian Schweinsteiger (knee), 37. Donald Love (hamstring), 43. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (knock), 49. Will Keane (groin) [injury details taken from PhysioRoom.com]

Watford Squad:

Manager: Quique Sanchez Flores

Goalkeepers: 1. Heurelho Gomes, 13. Rene Gilmartin, 34. Giedrius Arlauskis;

Defenders: 2. Allan Nyom, 3. Miguel Britos, 4. Gabriele Angella, 5. Sebastian Prödl, 6. Joel Ekstrand, 14. Juan Carlos Paredes, 15. Craig Cathcart, 16. Nathan Aké, 18. Daniel Pudil, 25. José Holebas, 27. Essaïd Belkalem, 30. Jorell Johnson, 31. Tommie Hoban, 35. Josh Doherty, 37. Alfie Young, 38. Mahlondo Martin;

Midfielders: 7. José Manuel Jurado, 8. Valon Behrami, 17. Adlène Guedioura, 19. Miguel Layún, 20. Steven Berghuis, 21. Ikechi Anya, 22. Almen Abdi, 23. Ben Watson, 28. Connor Smith, 29. Étienne Capoue, 32. Alessandro Diamanti, 33. Lloyd Dyer, 40. George Byers;

Strikers: 9. Troy Deeney, 11. Fernando Forestieri, 24. Odion Ighalo, 26. Bernard Mensah, 36. Alex Jakubiak, 39. Dennon Lewis, 0. Diego Fabbrini, 0. Uche Ikpeazu, 0. Mathias Ranégie

Doubts/Injuries: 6. Joel Ekstrand (hamstring), 7. José Manuel Jurado (calf/shin) [injury details taken from PhysioRoom.com]

Predicted Formation/Starting XI:

Score Prediction:

Manchester United 3-1 Watford

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