Watford will provide the opposition for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first match as permanent Manchester United manager when Premier League action returns to Old Trafford on Saturday.
Manchester United vs Watford
League: English Premier League [EPL]
Date: Saturday 30th March 2019
Kick-Off: 4:00PM (WAT)
Stadium: Old Trafford [Manchester United]
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis, Simon Long
Fourth Official: Anthony Taylor
Fifth-placed Manchester United are seeking a return to the top four after losing to Arsenal last time out, but a fourth win in six for Watford could move the Hornets above Wolves into seventh.
Fact You Need To Know! The last time Man Utd had three players score 10 goals in a season was in 2012/13, while they last had four players do so in 1995/96. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are only one away from joining Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba in double figures this term.
Manchester United have kept only two clean sheets at home in the Premier League this season. Only Fulham have kept fewer, with one.
Watford are looking for their first league win at Old Trafford, at the 12th attempt. Their only victory away against the Red Devils came in the League Cup in October 1978.
Gerard Deulofeu has had a hand in six goals in his last four PL matches, with four strikes and two assists. Forty-one per cent of the Spaniard’s total goal involvements in the competition have come in his last 21 matches this season, with 12 out of 29.
Manchester United Team News
Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic and Anthony Martial all withdrew from international duty through injury, while Romelu Lukaku was forced to do the same before Belgium’s Euro 2020 qualifiers. Jesse Lingard also missed the Three Lions’ double success over the break, while Victor Lindelof didn’t travel for Sweden duty. It still remains to be seen whether they will be back in time for the clash against Javi Gracia’s men.
One player who seems certain to miss out is Alexis Sanchez, due to the knee problem he suffered during our 3-2 win over Southampton earlier this month. Antonio Valencia is back in contention after he played the full 90 minutes of Ecuador’s international friendly against the United States last week and Ashley Young could face his former club after missing the FA Cup tie at Wolves through suspension.
Eric Bailly is also a doubt after missing Ivory Coast’s friendly win over Ecuador on Tuesday night, just three days after reports suggested he picked up a head injury in a 3-0 win over Rwanda in which he scored his second international goal.
Watford Team News
Hornets boss Gracia has an almost full-strength squad to pick from this weekend, as he confirmed in his press conference earlier this week. All the internationals came back in good condition and all are ready to play, claimed the 48-year-old.
[Jose] Holebas is available for the next game and Andre Gray had a small problem last week after the last game, but he’s been training all week and he’s ready. The only man unavailable for Watford is former Reds midfielder Tom Cleverley.
We only have Tom [injured] in this moment with a problem in his calf, said Gracia. We will see his evolution next week, he has a problem. The rest of the players are available.
Manchester United vs Watford Quick View
- Manchester United have won 10 of their 11 Premier League matches against Watford, losing the other in September 2016.
- Watford are winless in all 11 away league visits to Manchester United (W0 D2 L9); they have won once at Old Trafford against the Red Devils, a 2-1 victory in the League Cup in October 1978.
- In top-flight history, the only team to play more away matches against Manchester United without winning than Watford (11) are Luton Town (15 matches between 1955 and 1991).
- Watford have lost 16 of their last 17 away games in Manchester (vs Man Utd and Man City), since a 2-1 win against the Citizens in April 1987.
- Manchester United lost their first league match under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last time out against Arsenal. They’ve not lost consecutive league games since August.
Manchester United vs Watford
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