Mourinho and United looking to avoid third successive loss
The Hornets produced a stunning comeback at the London Stadium last week, overturning a two goal deficit to defeat West Ham United 4-2.
Manchester United’s winning start to the season came to an abrupt end, when they were played off the park last Saturday in the first half of the Manchester derby by neighbours’ City at Old Trafford and they then followed that up, by losing a Europa League clash in Holland.
Goal projections – Watford 0.79 Man Utd 1.89
Team news & predicted starting line-ups for Watford v Man Utd
Watford boss Walter Materazzi has a preference for a 3-man defence but he switched from his default 3-5-2 line-up last week, to a 5-3-2 and it paid off in sensational fashion.
José Mourinho made a number of changes to his line-up against Feyenoord but he’s expected to revert to type here and may go with the familiar shape that saw his side collect all 9 points from their opening 3 games.
Watford fantasy player to watch
Argentinian midfielder Roberto Pereyra only has two Watford appearances to his name, with one being from the substitute’s bench. However, that hasn’t stopped him from getting on the score-sheet and putting an assist to his name, so he’s certainly one for those fantasy football notebooks.
Watford team news
Stefano Chuka Okaka is the only absentee for Watford manager Walter Mazzarri and he may stick with the same line-up that defeated West Ham in Gameweek 4.
Predicted starting line-up for Watford
Man Utd team news
Phil Jones is back in the treatment room, following news that he has sustained a knee ligament injury, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan is struggling to be fit in time for Sunday’s encounter.
Luke Shaw will return to the starting line-up after missing the game in Holland.
Man Utd fantasy player to watch
Wayne Rooney was given a midweek breather by Mourinho but he’ll be back in the line-up at Watford.
Rooney’s set-piece deliveries have been poor this season. He has taken 11 of the 16 Premier League corners United have won and a plethora of free-kicks from wide areas. However, his high, floating crosses seem to lack the necessary velocity and penetration that is required, to capitalise on the abundance of height the Red Devils now possess within their ranks.
Rooney insists that it was him and not Roy Hodgson who took dead-ball responsibility away from Harry Kane at Euro 2016. If his deliveries for United continue to disappoint, he may find on the domestic front that he has the honour taken away from him, sooner rather than later!
Predicted starting line-up for Man Utd
Can the Hornets sting United, making it three defeats in a row for Mourinho’s men ?