The Red Devils returned to winning ways before the international break and will hope to be the ones to end the Hornets’ faultless start to the season
Manchester United will head to Vicarage Road on Saturday looking to become the first side to take Premier League points off Watford in 2018-19.
The Hornets have enjoyed a stunning start to the new campaign, collecting four successive victories, and will hope that the international break has not stunted their momentum.
The same could be said for United, with a welcome return to winning ways enjoyed last time out against Burnley.
That success helped to ease some of the pressure which has been building on Jose Mourinho, but more is required as the Red Devils prepare to add Champions League football to their domestic workload.
|Game||Watford vs Manchester United|
|Date||Saturday, September 15|
|Time||5:30pm BST / 12:30pm EST|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport and streamed via the BT Sport app.
Squads & Team News
|Defenders||Cathcart, Janmaat, Kabasele, Holebas, Prodl, Britos, Masina, Mariappa, Kiko|
|Midfielders||Hughes, Pereyra, Doucoure, Capoue, Chalobah, Sema|
|Forwards||Gray, Deeney, Success, Okaka|
Watford have no fresh injury concerns to contend with, allowing them to build stability and continuity.
Gerard Deulofeu and Tom Cleverley are the only players stuck on the sidelines and unavailable to Javi Gracia.
Potential Watford XI: Foster; Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Hughes, Doucoure, Capoue, Pereyra; Deeney, Gray.
|Position||Manchester United players|
|Goalkeepers||De Gea, Romero|
|Defenders||Valencia, Darmian, Bailly, Smalling, Lindelof, Young|
|Midfielders||Matic, McTominay, Fred, Fellaini, Pereira, Pogba, Mata|
|Forwards||Lingard, Sanchez, Lukaku, Martial|
Luke Shaw has not travelled with Mourinho’s squad after suffering concussion while away with England and international team-mate Marcus Rashford misses out as he serves a three-match ban.
Marouane Fellaini is back after sitting out Belgium duty due to a minor back problem, but Phil Jones is still nursing a hamstring complaint.
Sergio Romero returns to the fold after recovering from the ailment which dashed his 2018 World Cup dreams, while Diogo Dalot is not yet ready to make his .competitive debut.
Potential Man Utd XI: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Lindelof, Young; Fred, Matic, Pogba; Lingard, Sanchez; Lukaku.
Betting & Match Odds
Manchester United are firm favourites to emerge victorious, with bet365 pricing them at 19/20 to take all three points. Watford are considered to be 10/3 shots, with a draw available at 13/5.
Manchester United desperately need to find their spark after falling six points adrift of the early pace-setters.
Watford sit among that group, with the Hornets having made the most of home comforts to burst out of the blocks.
Saturday’s clash with the Red Devils will be their fourth fixture of the season at Vicarage Road, with Burnley the only side they have faced on the road.
United’s last outing also saw them tread a path to Turf Moor, with a Romelu Lukaku brace offering welcome respite on the back of successive defeats.
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Mourinho believes he remains the right man to get the Red Devils firing on all cylinders, with there still a long way to go in the 2018-19 campaign.
Gracia has already shown that he can be the coach to unlock Watford’s full potential, with the Spaniard enjoying a faultless opening to his first full season at the helm.
He could not have wished for a better start, but will be eager to avoid the curse of the Manger of the Month award having scooped the Premier League prize for August.