Manchester United v Watford: Team news, Predicted XI, Opposition focus

Manchester United v Watford

By Andy Hyslop

Manchester United welcome Watford to old Trafford on Wednesday night, United are looking to build on the positives results against Shrewsbury, Midtjylland and Arsenal.

The positives results have come despite United suffering an injury crisis, that prompted the promotion of several youngsters from United’s successful under-21 team.

The star of the show in the wins over Midtjylland and Arsenal has been 18 year-old striker Marcus Rashford. The young striker has scored 4 goals in his two games to date and looks set to feature against Watford.

Another who could feature against Watford is Timothy Fosu-Mensah following his substitute appearance at left-back against Arsenal.

The Dutch youth international has been a regular in the under-21s this season playing mostly in centre midfield, but has also feature in defence either at centre-back and left-back.

Team News

Louis Van Gaal confirmed at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday afternoon that he will have at least two players recently out injured back in contention for this match.

Van Gaal confirmed that both Darmian and Martial will be fit to play, whilst he also hopes that Smalling will be available after missing the last two games.

Rojo looks set to be available despite limping off against Arsenal on Sunday after the manager confirmed he received a kick in the game.

Further good news on the injury front is that Valencia and Fellaini are both coming back and are currently entering the final stages of their rehabilitations.

Predicted XI

With several players returning from injury, the squad for this game is looking lightly stronger in terms of experience compared to the previous couple of games.

Despite Darmian returning to contention, we believe that Varela will keep him place at right-back, while we are hopeful that Smalling returns at the centre of the defence.

Despite Rashford’s goalscoring exploits in the last two games, we believe he may have to settle for a place on the bench for this one with Martial returning to the starting eleven.

Opposition Focus

Watford were tipped by many to struggle on their returning to the Premier League but currently sit 10th in league table on 37 points. Only three points away from the magic 40 point mark.

Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo have integral to Watford’s success this season. The strike pair have scored 21 of Watford’s 29 Premier League goals.

United’s defence whoever that may consist of will have to keep the pair quiet if Van Gaal’s side are to earn the three points from this clash.

Watford are a well drilled team, who will difficult for United to break down and earning the win from this game will need United to be at their best.

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