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Starting XI Prediction: 4-3-3 the key to revenge over Watford?

Manchester United take on Watford in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon, which comes after their 3-0 victory over champions Leicester City, overcoming their poor recent form and earning all three points at the King Power Stadium. This weekend, United will need to keep chase in the league as one of Liverpool or Tottenham Hotspur may drop points – meaning United will have the chance to claw back some much-needed space to aim for a top-four finish at the end of the season – which is needed to obtain a place in the UEFA Champions League next season, or United will face a decline in sponsorship money which will then result in pay cuts for the players – not ideal or wanted at the club. Jose Mourinho and his team look set to challenge their opposition also looking to get revenge for a 3-1 defeat at Watford earlier in the season.

Starting XI Prediction (4-3-3):

Goalkeeper – David De Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper may be a target for Real Madrid again, providing their fax machine is working, but he does not want to speak about the speculation, keeping an important focus on the rest of the season with United. Recently, De Gea has been in great form, intrinsic in United’s results in recent weeks. De Gea is undroppable unless he is being rested – which will not be the case at home to Watford, a team United need to get revenge over for the defeat earlier in the season. De Gea will be key to United’s result against the Premier League side.

Back Four – Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind

The defence is an issue for United again after Phil Jones suffered an injury not that long ago – missing the victory over Leicester. Training again, I expect Jones to be rested ahead of the first leg of the UEFA Europa League round of 32 match against Saint-Etienne at Old Trafford on Thursday evening, with United then travelling to Blackburn Rovers in the Emirates FA Cup the following Sunday. Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind should make the back four. Luke Shaw is a player who needs a run of matches but does not look to be the first choice in his position this season, which he needs to take hold of and earn his place in the team, otherwise, it could be onto pastures new in the summer, which could be costly.

Midfield Three – Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick, Paul Pogba

The midfield in recent weeks has been lacklustre and bringing back a midfield three could give United the edge over Watford. Michael Carrick, despite recently, has been a breath of fresh air in midfield, giving Paul Pogba the chance to play further forward and help his team get the better of their opposition. Ander Herrera has been one of the players of the season so far, despite what some supporters may say about him not doing much – they clearly have not been watching, or rely on results to tell a story, ignoring performances completely. The midfield is key to United getting the ball forward to the attacking players – of which United have some talented players this season.

Forward Three – Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial

Playing three up front may unlock something for United, especially with three midfielders behind them. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial are the three players who could cause maximum damage to Watford this weekend. Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic both scored against Leicester City last weekend, with Martial creating goals against Wigan Athletic in the Emirates FA Cup at the end of January. All three players have what it takes to play for Manchester United – two of them have the pace to destroy their opposition with Zlatan capable of turning nothing into something at times, especially after scoring his twentieth goal of the season, his fifteenth in the Premier League against Leicester. Come on UNITED!

What We Learned: Watford 3-1 Manchester United – Premier League 2016/17

Manchester United are in a spot of trouble five matches into the new Premier League season, again defeated, this time by Watford in the Premier League; the third defeat this season, in a row in just over a week. United’s week has not been great; beaten by Manchester City, beaten by Feyenoord, Dutch opposition again a year after Luke Shaw’s devastating injury, then the first defeat in 30 years at Vicarage Road. Jose Mourinho has his work cut out in order to get this team firing like they were at the start of the season. Consistency is something United lack, but they have been consistent in not turning up in the first half of matches, and losing them. It is just not good enough at the end of the day. I don’t mind seeing my team lose if they have played well – but when they play like this, in a clueless way, it is not on. These players get paid well, whether they do well or not. Many of them are stealing a living, including the club captain.

Wayne Rooney

The guy is finished. Many have been saying it for more than a season and have been jeered at for saying something that many did not agree with. Wayne Rooney is the captain of Manchester United. He has scored and created goals this season, he is at the top of his game. No, he’s not. He is closer to the bargain basement of his game than the top of it. The guy offers nothing. He sprays passes wide of the mark, loses possession, puts more shots into the stands rather than into the back of the net. I have had enough of it. Rooney is United’s top earner, close to breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record at the club, but just does not seem hungry enough to do it. That should ask many questions of the player, which will maybe see the ones who stick up for Rooney ask themselves why they stick up for him. What do they see, or think they see, to warrant the praise they give him. Rooney is 30, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is 35 and the Swede is running rings around him, yet Rooney is still the man. I was gutted to hear that Rooney wanted to leave the club in 2010 and part of me wishes that I had a DeLorean and a flux capacitor to go back to 2010 and make sure he left. You can defend him all you like, but deep down I think you all know that the ‘white Pelé in no longer.

Midfield

United’s midfield leave a lot to be desired at this moment in time. Playing Rooney in midfield is poor. He offers nothing. Having the likes of Ander Herrera, Morgan Schneiderlin and Michael Carrick on the bench is not a great option for United. Against Feyenoord, United played the 4-3-3 formation with Paul Pogba, Herrera and Schneiderlin in midfield and despite seeing United lose, albeit due to an offside goal, it was working for United. It was obviously the first time that formation was used, but it looked good, United had the space in midfield to play. If that formation was used a little more, the players, providing the right ones were played, would get used to it and United could be dominating once again. Paul Pogba, at £89 million should be a player that has a team built around him, but with Rooney in the team, that is not going to happen as he sees himself as the centre of attention, even though he offers nothing. Marouane Fellaini played well against Watford, had 97% pass completion and helped in terms of clearances, putting in some key passes to advancing players and generally trying to make an impact, but when you see Morgan Schneiderlin play against Feyenoord, then dropped after a good performance, what would that say to him. Yes, he’s not played a lot of matches this season and may not be fit enough to play two matches so close together, but in the coming weeks when he would be fit enough, and this still happens, many questions are going to be asked. United need to be evolving into a great side based on the players who have arrived at the club this summer, but they are devolving.

Sacking the manager

This seems to be the option for many after a defeat, yet when United were winning at the start of the season, you saw no comments like this. Modern football is starting to become a joke as there are literally millions of supporters out there who claim they support Manchester United, yet when United lose, it is these same people who are so offended with the fact ‘their’ team had lost, they come out with pathetic things like ‘time to sack the manager’, ‘I never wanted him anyway’ blah, blah, blah. Then if you have a look at their Twitter account, you go back to May and see that they did want Mourinho, they said he would change everything and bring United back to where they belong. It does make me wonder about supporters when I see this. Why do ‘fans’ always make themselves sound like they are the master when it comes to Manchester United? They know everything, yet when push comes to shove, they sware blind that they never wanted the manager, making them feel that they are always right.

These problems with United have affected the club since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. United have struggled to adapt post-Ferguson and they are still struggling now. I saw one person say that this is Mourinho’s fault that these problems have arisen again. Logic? If the same problems have been around for three years and Mourinho arrived at the end of May, how can it be his fault that a pre-existing problem has come back. Surely the problem would lie anywhere but the manager’s fault. Could it not be a problem that arises with players who have been at the club during those three years, could that be it? No, it can’t be can it. United have lost their third match in a row, it must be the managers fault and he must be sacked. I am glad I do not have that mentality. I was not happy with Mourinho coming to the club, but I have sucked it up and got on with it and now I feel the manager needs to be afforded time to solve the problems. Sacking him leaves United in square one, three manager’s (four if you include Ryan Giggs) into life after Ferguson and still no better for it. What manager would want to come to the club that sees the ‘fans’ moan after a defeat and call for their head?

Defence

This is something I felt the need to touch on. United have many competent defenders, and many incompetent defenders, naming no names. The point I am making is that there is depth in this area, enough for changes to be made in order to keep players fresh for the onslaught of matches they will face this season, especially over the next few months with the Premier League, UEFA Europa League and the EFL Cup all coming into contention. United started the season with Chris Smalling on the sidelines through injury and suspension, meaning that Eric Bailly and Daley Blind started the season and played well as a partnership, which was surprising as the former only arrived in the summer and was tipped to be ‘one for the future’ rather than a player for now. Bailly received a knock against Feyenoord on Thursday and was a doubt for today’s match, but be played after being passed fit. Perhaps with Blind being rested on Thursday he should have partnered Bailly in defence as they have worked well with each other and the Dutchman plays a different style of football, having the vision to read the game and pass from the back, which seems to be a trait that is liked at this moment in time, especially with goalkeepers.

Not having a settled defence can be a problem. Smalling was great last season, for the majority anyway, but he did make some rash challenges which could have cost United. Also him not starting the season saw a better partnership flourish, which is a good thing. Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw as the fullbacks is great, but I feel that Shaw may be holding himself back mentally because of his injury last season, which may cost United more as the weeks progress as it is stopping him from getting involved and getting tackles in to thwart attacking players – that may be something he does get over after time, but it is a worry of mine right now. With a solid back four, a back four who regularly play together, it will make United much better with minimal changes being made in rotation. If that offends players who are not picked for various reasons, sobeit. I am talking about the likes of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo here, who don’t really deserve to be part of the club going forward. One is injury prone to the point where he could become an expert in the field of private medicine and the other is not a footballer of United’s standard, despite getting into people’s hearts with his #RojoIsRed hashtags on his tweets.

Conclusion

If United are to get anywhere this season, they need to get over their problems, and fast. After five Premier League matches, United are in sixth place (could be seventh of Tottenham Hotspur beat Sunderland), which will see them already six points behind league leaders Manchester City, the team they need to be bettering this season. I know it is early days, but not getting over this now could be costly in the coming months and towards the end of the season. I do think City will falter at times, as to be honest Pep Guardiola is not all the experienced in the Premier League and things have been going well for him this season. His team has had a lot of luck and when it does not go their way, as it eventually will, we will then see that the bald manager is made of. He’s managed Barcelona and Bayern Munich, teams who were already successful before he arrived and teams who were full to the rafters with talent, meaning he just guided them to glory, which will not have always been his own work. City are not as successful as Barca and Bayern and again they had many players already at the club who were doing well; Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne etc. Funny how many seem to think these are Pep signings, when in fact they are just players the bald one had inherited from previous manager’s at the club. United will get there in the end. I mean they have won three league matches in five, it is not all that bad. Leicester City headed into this season as the champions and are now languishing in eleventh place and nothing has been criticised here. The work has only just begun for Manchester United and Jose Mourinho, what he does in the coming weeks will be telling for the way the season will go. If he continues to pick Wayne Rooney over other players who will have a better game in that position, more questions will be asked. Rooney was poor last season, and has got worse this season. That is not just a temporary problem. It is much more serious than that.

Report: Watford 3-1 Manchester United – Premier League 2016/17

Manchester United ended a tough week with another loss making it three in three games after an abysmal 3-1 defeat to Watford. Goals for Capoue, Zuniga and Deeney saw off a confused United side with no clear structure or form. Marcus Rashford managed to himself on the score sheet which was pretty much the only positive from this United performance.

Jose Mourinho as expected made big changes from the game against Feyenoord midweek with Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw, Marouane Fellaini, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic coming in to replace Matteo Darmian, Marcus Rojo, Morgan Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata. Set up as a 4-3-3 to suit Pogba meaning that Rooney sat deeper which is clearly a change in plan for Mourinho considering he said pre-season that he wouldn’t use the United captain in a deeper role. United fans happy to see Rojo removed from the team sheet with Shaw coming back in and the exciting addition of Marcus Rashford playing as one of the attacking three replacing Juan Mata, a move guaranteed to add pace and potency to the starting XI.

United began the first half brightly with good tempo and created the first chance of the game, it came from a free-kick in the second minute as Smalling headed wide a Rooney free-kick. Then it became all Watford, as centre-back Prodl headed across the face of goal but no one to tap it in. Ighalo then produced the miss of the season after a horrible mistake between De Gea and Smalling gave the Watford striker an open goal but he blasted it wide. Watford having the better of the early proceedings and again in the 16th minute, Deeney powered a header towards the far corner  but De Gea pulls out a terrific save to keep it level. United had their best chance after 21 minutes when Ibrahimovic meets Marcus Rashford’s cross and volleyed into the side netting! United nearly broke the deadlock after 30 minutes after Pogba shifts past one and rattled the bar from 25 yards out.

With chances at both ends, Watford broke the deadlock in slightly controversial fashion, Martial was clattered up the pitch and Watford broke down their right, ball into the box and Etienne Capoue slotted home making it 1-0. As a result from an earlier clash of heads, Anthony Martial came off for Ashley Young. After a clumsy challenge from Pogba at the end of the half, Watford’s Holebas produced a save from De Gea direct from the free-kick. Rashford blazed over the bar trying to find the far post which turned out to be the last kick of the half as the teams came off with the scoreline.

After the break Jose Mourinho makes a change and switches back to 4-2-3-1 with Rooney behind Ibrahimovic. United again had the better start with Ibrahimovic blasting wide from just outside the box and then Rashford winning a corner which came to nothing. Both teams creating little as the game went on and in an attempt to change it up more Mata comes on for Antonio Valencia with young dropping to right-back.

After 62 minutes, a lovely interplay with Rashford and Ibrahimovic lead to the ball being lobbed up to the back post where Rashford stabbed the ball beyond the line to make it 1-1! Finally, the spark United needed and however scrappy it was, it was a foothold back into the game. United had a couple of free-kicks that came to nothing from either side, first Ibrahimovic hit a low shot into the wall and then Mata’s floated ball was dealt with easily. Both teams lacking a clinical edge in the final third and frustration started to set in with silly fouls being committed. However, on 79 minutes, Fellaini dinked a lovely ball into the box and Ibrahimovic meets it well forcing a top save from Gomes.

82 minutes and Watford shut up shop with another defender coming on for their goalscorer Capoue, or so it seemed until the defender in question Zuniga walks through the United defence and after a low cross, finishes well into the bottom corner 60 seconds after coming on to make it 2-1 to Watford. United threw Memphis on for five minutes in an attempt to get something from the game. Memphis shows his frustration getting booked for dissent after a silly foul. With four minutes of added time at the end of the game, United would have hoped to score a trademark late goal but a yellow card for Rooney followed and to rub salt in the wounds, Watford are awarded a soft penalty which Troy Deeney converts.

United slump to a third loss in a row. Mourinho has some work to do on and off the pitch to bring this back for United, Rooney seems undroppable but his form has been atrocious. With no clear formation or his best starting XI decided, United will have to recover and face League 1 side Northampton Town on Wednesday in the EFL Cup. If United play the way they did this week, the Cobblers will fancy their chances of causing a cup upset.

Goals: Marcus Rashford 62′

Assists: Zlatan Ibrahimovic 62′

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia (Mata 62′), Smalling, Bailly, Shaw (Memphis 85′); Fellaini, Pogba; Rashford, Rooney, Martial (Young 38′); Ibrahimovic

Substitutes Not Used: Romero, Blind, Carrick, Herrera

Bookings: Paul Pogba 75′, Marouane Fellaini 88′, Memphis Depay 89′, Wayne Rooney 90+2′

Starting XI: Watford v Manchester United – Premier League 2016/17

Manchester United take on Watford at Vicarage Road in the Premier League this afternoon in a bid to restore confidence after two defeats in a row against Manchester City and Feyenoord. Jose Mourinho will lead his team into the match hoping that they will prove themselves against the side that beat West Ham United 4-2 just over a week ago. United had previously started the season well with four wins in the FA Community Shield against Leicester City, then beating Bournemouth, Southampton and Hull City in the Premier league before faltering to City after the international break, then Feyenoord in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday. United have a busy schedule this month, playing Northampton Town on Wednesday in the EFL Cup, then Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday before entertaining Zorya Luhansk at the end of the month at home in the Europa League. United owe it to themselves to turn up from the very start of the match and show Watford and the rest of the league that they are very much back to challenge for the title this season. Here are the starting XI and list of substituted for both teams this afternoon.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Shaw;

Fellaini, Pogba;

Rashford, Rooney, Martial;

Ibrahimovic

Substitutes:

Romero; Blind; Memphis, Mata, Carrick, Young, Herrera

Watford:

Gomes;

Cathcart, Prodl, Britos;

Janmaat, Pereyra, Behrami, Capoue, Holebas;

Deeney, Ighalo

Substitutes:

Pantilimon; Zuniga; Amrabat, Kenedy, Guedioura, Watson; Success

Scouting The Opposition: Watford v Manchester United – Premier League 2016/17

After derby day defeat and disappointment in Europe, Manchester United return to Premier League football this Sunday with a visit to Watford. An away match in the Europa League is rarely the best preparation for a trip south and should make this fixture that much tougher for United. Yet Jose Mourinho will be eager to keep pace with the front-runners in the league after dropping points at home to Manchester City last week. Watford have had one of the toughest starts to their league campaign of any of the 20 teams. By this Sunday evening, they will have faced Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all within their first six matches. A poor run of early results is perhaps understandable against such strong opposition. The Hornets will take heart from the character displayed to overturn a two-goal deficit against West Ham in the last round of matches.

Form Guide

Watford 1-2 Gillingham (EFL Cup)

Watford 1-3 Arsenal

West Ham United 2-4 Watford

Manager: Walter Mazzarri

After earning automatic promotion to the Premier League in 2015, and maintaining that status with a comfortable thirteenth place finish a year later, sacking your manager might seem a little harsh. Quique Sanchez Flores would surely agree and he has left a high standard for new manager Walter Mazzarri to live up to. Those in charge at Watford hope this appointment will build on last season’s success rather than set it back.  Results so far have not supported this theory. An impressive comeback against West Ham was Watford’s first win of the season, Mazzarri having presided over three straight defeats before that. Yet it is the manner of the comeback at the London stadium that may give Mazzarri the most encouragement. The players showed a level of character that the manager will hope to cultivate during the rest of the campaign.

Mazzarri himself has enjoyed an uneven managerial career.  His best work came when in charge of Napoli, where he managed Marek Hamsik, Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi. He secured the 2012 Coppa Italia and lead Napoli to second place in 2013, their best league finish for 20 years. Success with Napoli earned him a crack at one of the top jobs in Italy as manager of Inter Milan.  Yet his tenure ended in acrimonious departure during 2014.  His sacking came after a run of defeats left the Nerazzurri in ninth place. Renowned for building well organised, counter-attacking sides, Mazzarri is well-known for getting the best out of his strikers. Troy Deeney and the resurgent Odion Ighalo will hope to improve further under his management. He is also known for three successful survival campaigns with Reggina. Most notably in 2007, leading Reggina to survival despite an 11 point deduction.

Key Player: Troy Deeney

Troy Deeney has worked hard to get where he is today. After the low of a short prison sentence in 2012, Watford stuck by him and he has repaid that faith through his performances on the pitch. Now club captain, he has embodied the hard-working attitude of the club and was instrumental in securing their survival in the Premier League last season. Offering strength and determination up front, Deeney is the perfect complement to the more technical ability of Ighalo.

Yet he is not without ability himself. Aside from strength and an excellent work rate, Deeney has the technique to worry even the most effective defences. His impressive chipped finish against West Ham providing proof of this. Unfazed by expectations, Deeney will look forward to facing a Manchester United back four who have conceded three goals in the last week. His combination with Ighalo is likely to cause problems for whatever defensive partnership United field on Sunday.

Predicted Starting XI

Score Prediction

Watford 1-2 Manchester United

Watford head into this game having won only once in their last five fixtures. A tough run of games including Arsenal and Chelsea may account for this but it will not get any easier. The Hornets having failed to take any points from United at the last three attempts. United have their own problems heading into this match. There is no shame in defeat to a confident and fluid Manchester City side but the manner of their midweek surrender to Feyenoord in Europe is more worrying. Expected to bounce back from the derby with a positive start to their Europa League campaign, United looked sluggish and lacked a cutting edge. The performance was reminiscent of the dour fare on offer under Louis van Gaal, with United unable to create chances or raise the tempo of their game.

The Premier League presents a different prospect though and many of those rested for the midweek fixture should return to the fold, lending greater urgency to their play. Troy Deeney was quick to point out how complacency from West Ham at the weekend ignited their comeback from two goals down. United will need to ensure that they show the proper respect to their opponents to ensure they do not suffer the same fate. The response needed from the men in red should come at Vicarage Road on Sunday. Though Ighalo and Deeney are likely to cause United problems throughout the afternoon, the fire power United have at their disposal should be enough to earn a win.

Preview: Watford v Manchester United – Premier League 2016/17

Vicarage Road, Watford

Premier League 2016/17

Sunday 18th September 2016 – KO 12:00 [Live on BT Sport]

Referee: Michael Oliver

Assistant Referees: Adam Nunn and Mick McDonough

Fourth Official: Stuart Attwell

Manchester United face a tough away trip to Watford in the Premier League this weekend. Jose Mourinho’s side a beaten in their last two matches; 2-1 to Manchester City and 1-0 to Feyenoord in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday evening. United had a great start to the season, winning their first four competitive matches in the FA Community Shield and the Premier League, coming unstuck in the Manchester Derby and once again in the Netherlands, a year to the day since Luke Shaw suffered a double fracture and United were beaten 2-1 by PSV Eindhoven. United have a lot of work to do in order to get back on track and to avoid a third defeat in a row. Bookies have already slashed odd on Mourinho to be sacked this season, which is poor by the bookies and will soon set the media off, just like they did against Louis van Gaal last season. United have bought well this summer, but things are not working perhaps as well as they should, which is a shame as on paper, United have a squad capable of beating any team.

World record signing Paul Pogba is a player being criticised by those fickle enough not to allow the player some time to find his form for the team, and for the team to settle after two years of frustration under Van Gaal. Mourinho has made many changes, and it is all not going to snap into place overnight or in a matter of months. United are a different team now, and for that reason, time needs to be afforded. We have already seen the muppets call for the manager to be sacked on Twitter, which seems to be the case when things do not go their way; winning, which is something the glory supporting element seem to want 100% of the time. Poor support of your team seems to be one of the main elements in football today, which is just not good enough. Too many football supporters are attracted by winning, not what the club means to them, which, I guess, is just one of those things in modern football.

Since the Southampton match at Old Trafford where Paul Pogba made his second debut for the club, he has played every minute of football in the Premier League and the Europa League, which is no excuse for him, but he should be afforded more time to hit the heights expected of him. I have seen many call him an expensive flop, which is muppetry at it’s finest – the same people in a few weeks when he has settled a bit more and found his feet, will probably praise him, forgetting what they have said about the player. Fickle is as fickle does, I guess. Mourinho is not worried about his star player, though, speaking to the official Manchester United website, saying:

“You make a relation between what you pay and the club revenue, and realise that other clubs paying £20, £30, £40 million is a much bigger thing than what Manchester United did. I just want Paul to forget that and to play his football. [Having had] no pre-season, he had a very good impact in the first game and it’s normal that, after that, he has a little decrease. But I’m full of trust in him because I know the player he is; I know he’s a very good guy with a lot of ambition, so the form will come naturally. As the team improves, form improves.”

Mourinho also stated that he believed that Pogba could play both positional and more free-ranging roles in his squad this season, which would all depend on the opposition United face, with three competitions in the club’s sights this month; Premier League, UEFA Europa League and the EFL Cup. Mourinho said:

“It depends on the situation. In the Premier League, we are playing with Wayne Rooney as a no.10 and [against Feyenoord] we played [Ander] Herrera in front of the back four with [Morgan] Schneiderlin and gave Paul more freedom to occupy spaces. It’s not a problem with his position – he feels comfortable.”

Watford will be tough opposition for United. Only last week they were 2-0 down away to West Ham United, they won the match 4-2, which shows how devastating they can be o the attack, but the Hammers are not the same side they were last season, they seem to have lost their edge, which is probably down to the fact they are now funded by the taxpayer, at least their stadium and the cost of policing at their home matches will be, which in this day and age, with the money on offer, is pretty selfish from West Ham. United have four injuries at this moment in time, Phil Jones, no seriously, he’s injured, is definitely out, as he would have been if fit. United seem to be sweating on the fitness of Luke Shaw, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly, who received a knock against Feyenoord. Watford have three doubts; Sebastian Prödl, Stefano Okaka and Younès Kaboul.

Manchester United Form:- LLWWW

Feyenoord 1-0 L, Manchester City 2-1 L, Hull City 1-0 W, Southampton 2-0 W, AFC Bournemouth 3-1 W

Watford Form:- WLLLD

West Ham United 4-2 W, Arsenal 3-1 L, Gillingham 2-1 L, Chelsea 2-1 L, Southampton 1-1 D

Manchester United Top Scorers:

5 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 1 – Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford, Wayne Rooney

Watford Top Scorers:

3 – Etienne Capoue, 2 – Odion Ighalo, 1 – Troy Deeney, José Holebas, Roberto Pereyra

Manchester United Squad;

Manager: Jose Mourinho

Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Sam Johnstone

Defenders: Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Axel Tuanzebe

Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Memphis Depay, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin

Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford

Injuries and Suspensions: Eric Bailly (knock), Luke Shaw (hamstring), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (thigh muscle strain), Phil Jones (knee)

Watford Squad:

Manager: Walter Mazzarri

Goalkeepers: Heurelho Gomes, Rene Gilmartin, Costel Pantilimon, Giedrius Arlauskis, Charlie Bannister, Nathan Gartside

Defenders: Allan Nyom, Miguel Britos, Younès Kaboul, Sebastian Prödl, Juan Carlos Paredes, Craig Cathcart, Juan Camilo Zúñiga, José Holebas, Brice Dja Djédjé, Christian Kabasele, Ola Adeyemo, Andrew Eleftheriou, Brandon Mason, Charlie Rowan, Connor Stevens

Midfielders: Nordin Amrabat, Valon Behrami, Kenedy, Abdoulaye Doucouré, Adlène Guedioura, Ikechi Anya, Ben Watson, Sean Murray, Étienne Capoue, Roberto Pereyra, Rhyle Ovenden

Forwards: Troy Deeney, Isaac Success, Jerome Sinclair, Matěj Vydra, Odion Ighalo, Stefano Okaka, Michael Folivi, Ogo Obi

Injuries and Suspensions: Sebastian Prödl (knock), Stefano Okaka (hamstring), Younès Kaboul (knock)

Predicted Starting XI:

Predicted Score:

Watford 1-2 Manchester United

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