The English Premier League restart after the international break when Warford host Manchester United at the Vicarage Road Stadium in Saturday’s early kick-off schedule at 12:45 GMT.
Manchester United sit 4th in the English Premier League table with 24 points, just 2 points less than the league leaders Man City. They are coming into the match on the back of a hard fought 2-0 win over West Bromich Albion last time.
Despite failing to find the back of the net on a regular basis, the team can take a lot of positives from their recent performances. If one has to believe it is only a matter of time for the Red Devils to start finding the goal scoring form, this will be the perfect occasion.
Team Form Guide
Since the beginning of the season, Watford have been the sort of smooth operators in the English Premier League and are on an impressive form which have kept them away from relegation zone after 12 games.
Their good performances early in the season have given the fans plenty reasons to be optimistic as they host United this Saturday for one of their toughest test in the league.
Manchester United have won just two of their last seven games in all competitions which seems poor.
Although they have kept give clean sheets in a row and are just 2 points behind the league leaders, Louis Van Gaal’s style of play has been criticized. There has been questions coming forth as if United can maintain this form till the end of the season, as the fans want nothing less than a strong title challenge
Head to head – Watford vs Manchester United
The teams met each for the last time in the 2007-2008 season of Premier League. The head-to-head stats clearly put Man United in the driving seat and they have not lost in 5 games to Watford, home or away.
Clearly, Manchester United have won all of the last nine competitive matches against Watford. The Hornets last win against the Red Devils in a competitive match came in September 1986, which was a 1-0 home win.
There has been plenty of goals in every United victory over Watdord; and fans can be hopeful of the flood-gates finally opening with the likes of Lingaard and Mata in fine form.
Watford – Team News
Head-coach Quique Sanchez Flores will be without Sebastian Prodl and Joel Ekstrand due to their respective injuries. Jose Manuel Jurado is doubtful for after suffering a hamstring injury. Flores is unlikely to make any changes to his usual starting line-up and could deploy a 4-4-2 formation.
Watford – Predicted Line-up
Manchester United fans had their hearts broken during the international week as Michael Carrick was hit by an ankle injury and will be sidelined for the tie.
Anthony Martial who limped off the pitch in the 2-0 loss of France against England is a doubt for Saturday’s game, while Fellaini is struggling for fitness.
But the biggest set-back is the absence of Rooney through illness. In the absence of both Rooney and Martial, Memphis Depay will finally get a much needed chance to impress his manager.
Manchester United – Predicted Line-up
Manchester United are to keep pressures on the three teams above them in the League Table as they travel to Vicarage Road to face-off against Watford on Saturday. On the other hand, a win against Louis Van Gaal’s side will help Watford jump into the top half of the table.
There has been plenty of goals in the clash between the two sides in the past, but with the number of key absentees for Man United, this might look like a tight affair on paper. The key for United will be to grab an early goal, if it happens, expect a big win for the Red Devils keeping a clean sheet.