Competition: Premier League – Watford FC Vs. Manchester United
Venue: Vicarage Road – Sunday, Septemer 18 – 12:00 BST (07:00 ET)
Match Odds: Watford 5/1 – Draw 3/1 – Manchester United 8/15
The Hornets picked up their first win of the season last weekend as they came from 2-0 down to beat West Ham 4-2.
Walter Mazzarri will be delighted with how his side responded in that tie, they could have easily let their heads drop and been on the receiving end of a thumping.
This is going to be a tough tie for Watford but they will be looking to exploit Manchester United’s defence, who have looked suspect at times this season.
Manchester United come into this tie having lost in the Manchester Derby and Europa League in midweek, two results they would not have expected.
The response from United in the derby last weekend was positive. Despite not taking anything from the game they looked likely to be pushed back into an embarrassing defeat for large parts of the first half.
Jose Mourinho needs his side to bounce back with a convincing win here to avoid risking more criticism, United have been bemoaned for a lack of quality by many pundits and fans alike already this season.
United need their big-name players to step up and perform. They are giving opponents far too many opportunities in games at the moment, but it is going to take time for all their summer changes to fall into place.
Brice Dja Djedje is Watford’s only injury concern ahead of this tie.
Manchester United have two doubts for this one as Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have knocks, while Wayne Rooney, Antonio Valencia will return to the squad after being left at home for their Europa League tie.
Watford’s form: D/L/L/W
Manchester United’s form: W/W/W/L
Key Stat: Manchester United have won their last eight matches against Watford in all competitions.
Key Player: Marcus Rashford – The United starlet would have given the City defence more of a headache last weekend had he not been on the bench to begin with. He may not start in this one but he certainly has the class to make an impact in any game.
Watford 1-3 Manchester United – Watford’s winless run against Manchester United to continue. They definitely have the players and ability to get at the United defence, but with the squad depth and world-class players at Mourinho’s disposal, they should be winning this game. If United lose this tie and results go against them, they could be as many as six points behind the leaders.