Preview: Watford v United

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Manchester United return to Premier League action with the late kickoff on Saturday as they face an in-form Watford side.

With four wins from four, Watford head into matchday five sitting in third place- level with Liverpool (first) and Chelsea (second) on points.

United meanwhile come into Saturday’s clash in troubled form. The reds have only managed to win two out of their opening four fixtures, and although United’s performance and 2-0 result over Burnley at Turf Moor managed to alleviate pressure on Jose Mourinho and his players, a loss against Watford on Saturday would definitely put the United boss on the hot-seat again.

United Team News: Mourinho indicated Luke Shaw is available to feature for the reds, despite his head injury on international duty, but may not get the start as he barely trained during the week.

Marcus Rashford will serve the first of his three game suspension, following his red card against Burnley so will be unavailable for selection. Dalot, Rojo, Herrera, and Fellaini are all doubts.

Watford Team News: Gerard Deulofeu suffered a ‘minor’ injury in training and is unavailable for selection, while former United midfielder Tom Cleverley is also unavailable with an Achilles problem.

Did You Know?

  • Watford have lost 12 of their last 13 matches against Manchester United in league competition, with their solitary win coming at Vicarage Road in September 2016 (3-1)
  • Since Gracia’s first home game in charge in February, Watford (23) have won more Premier League points in home fixtures than any other team (P10 W7 D2 L1)
  • Watford have won four consecutive home games in the top-flight for the first time since December 1986. They last enjoyed a longer such streak back in October 1985 (7), a run that included a 5-1 victory against Ron Atkinson’s Man Utd at Vicarage Road
  • Jose Mourinho has won five of his six Premier League encounters with Watford (L1), including each of the last three.
  • United have either scored two or more goals or none at all in each of their last nine Premier League away games, scoring at least twice on five occasions (W4 D1 L4)

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