Disregarding the fact that the victory was facilitated by their opponent’s mistake, Manchester United celebrated the triumph against Brighton & Hove Albion.
The 1-0 win had a positive impact on the players, and it would indubitably influence their performances in their next fixture, as they are now ready to take on Watford on a Tuesday night away fixture.
With 8 points separating them from the team on top, the Old Trafford outfit will not be rooting for a victory, but indeed a triumph with a great margin to separate them from the opposition, in the hopes of bettering the gap between them and Manchester City.
Jose Mourinho has reportedly reassembled the well-rested Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind and Jesse Lingard to the squad for the Premier League fixture, after having dropped them for the Brighton fixture
However, Luke Shaw, Marouane Fellaini and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were not among the travelling squad, according to MEN. Club captain Michael Carrick is still building his fitness after having a cardiac ablation to deal with an irregular heart rhythm.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who returned from a long-term injury a week ago, is pushing to start, but the availability of Lukaku could rule out any possibility of that occurring. The Swede marked his appearance in the Red Devilsl previous 3 games, albeit as a substitute.
Mourinho recently spoke of Watford: “They have an unusual squad for a mid-table team. They have a squad full of very good players who are not normal to be in these mid-table teams. They have a good coach. They have improved a lot from last season too.”
Goalkeeper: David De Gea
Defenders: Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young
Midfielders: Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford
Striker: Romelu Lukaku
Having won their last two games, the Vicarage Road outfit will possess a positive outlook on the match and would be ridden with confidence as they go up against the Red Giants.
Nonetheless, a victory could hardly be easy, even though they could offer much resistance, making it hard for the opposition to snatch away three significant points.
Defender Miguel Britos’ presence is sceptical, as he suffered a knock in the 3-0 victory over Newcastle, and will be given a late fitness test, according to Sky Sports.
Craig Cathcart (knee), Younes Kaboul (hamstring), midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah (knee) and forward Isaac Success (knee) are reportedly likely to miss out once more.
Watford have lost 12 of their last 13 games against Manchester United in all competitions, winning the other in the Premier League in this exact fixture last season (3-1).
Goalkeeper: Heurelho Gomes
Defenders: Sebastian Prodl, C. Kabasele, Adrian Mariappa
Midfielders: Femenia, Marvin Zeegelaar, A. Doucoure, Tom Cleverley, Will Hughes
Forwards: Richarlison, Andre Gray
Written by Hritwik NE
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