Watford vs Manchester United Preview

Watford

Back to the grind for United players and fans alike as they travel down south to Watford for their Premier League encounter. After what seems yet another international break, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping that his players are rejuvenated after successful international outings or enjoying a break from the media hurricane after the losses to Liverpool and Manchester City.

It is time for these United players to start performing and produce a good display. Some might be thinking this is only Watford who sit in 17th place but there is no easy game in the Premier League and there especially needs to be a reaction following the losses against two rivals.

Watford’s Form

A trip to Vicarage Road is going to be a lot edgier than it would have been two months ago, Watford could just surprise some people as they look to move away from the foot of the table.

The Red Devils come up against an out of sorts Watford who have just won three games all season. Their last win came three games ago as they produced a magical late display to beat Everton 5-2 with form Manchester United man Joshua King grabbing a hat trick.

However, that has been the only glimmer of success recently as they were thumped 5-0 the week before by Liverpool…not that United can talk. They also lost to Southampton and Arsenal 1-0 in the last two games.

Manager Claudio Ranieri has been in charge for four games now with three losses and one win but he will be looking to take all three points against a fragile United side. It could well be a repeat of the 2019 game at Vicarage Road where Watford won 2-0 thanks to a massive howler by David De Gea.

Watford’s Tactics

Since Ranieri has come in, he has adopted a 4-1-4-1 formation allowing striker King to command the role up front on his own. He has also favoured Moussa Sissoko in the holding role in midfield and this could be a key battle with the weak midfield for United.

However, against Liverpool Ranieri favoured a 5-4-1 formation to restrict Liverpool’s dynamic front men but that plan did not work. Could he be tempted to pack the defence against United? Do they offer the same threat? Probably not but United can really struggle to pick the lock when sides sit deep against them.

Watford’s Team News

Watford will certainly be without the suspended Juraj Kucka who picked up a second yellow card late on against Arsenal before the International break.

The Hornets really are there for the taking and do not look solidified just yet as they battle relegation. Former Manchester United man Ben Foster has been one saving grace for them as he is constantly peppered by the opposition but has been repelling them more recently.

Watford also have Ashley Fletcher, Craig Cathcart and the aforementioned King who could all feature against their former side.

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