Manchester United will travel to Vicarage Road to face Watford as they look to bounce back from the Europa League loss in midweek.
Date, Kick-off time, and Venue
The game is scheduled for September 18, 2016, at Vicarage Road. The kick-off times for various time zones are provided below.
- UK time: 12 p.m
- USA time: 7 a.m.
- Pacific time: 4 a.m.
- Kenyan time: 2 p.m.
- UAE time: 3 p.m.
- Indian time: 4:30 p.m.
- Malaysia time: 7 p.m.
Watford vs. Manchester United: Preview
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United suffered a shocking defeat in the Europa league on Thursday, which means Manchester United have now lost two games in a row since the arrival of the “special one.”
United will be without Armenian international Henrikh Mkhitaryan due to a thigh problem. Eric Bailey sustained a slight knock against Feyenoord, but he is expected to start against the Hornets. If he fails to do so, Chris Smalling will partner with Daley Blind in the heart of defense.
Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo started for Manchester United in the last game, but Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw will start in their place vs. Watford.
Bastian Schweinsteiger will not play any part in this game. The German has been exiled from the first team by Mourinho, and his availability this season remains a complete mystery.
Stefano Okaka will not be available for the game due to a hamstring injury that he picked up in his debut game last week, as reported by BBC Sport. He is expected to miss a month of action.
Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Prodl are both doubtful to play their part against Man Utd. The duo will face late fitness tests, which will determine their availability.
Manager Jose Mourinho said the following about this game.
“It is a new event, it is another match. It starts minute zero at 0-0 so I think it has nothing to do with the previous two matches.”
“But obviously when you lose matches, the mood, the feeling, is not the same. That’s normal. But I think we are experienced players and the players are very good guys and I know they want to win and work, so that’s what we have to do.”
- Manchester United defeated Watford in last eight games in all competitions.
- The last five games in this fixture have seen over 2.5 goals.
- Watford has conceded a minimum of two goals in eight of the last nine matches.
- United has netted at least two goals in their last five away matches against Watford in all competitions.
The match stats are provided by Whoscored.
Watford Predicted Line-up (5-3-2): Gomes; Kaboul, Holebas, Britos, Cathcart, Janmaat; Behrami, Capoue, Ighalo; Deeney, Pereyra.
Man Utd Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1): De Gea;, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Fellaini, Pogba; Mata, Rooney, Martial; Ibrahimovic.
Watford vs. Man United: Head-to-Head (H2H)
Manchester United lead head-to-head record against Watford, winning 17 out of the 26 games.
The last time Watford beat United was in September of 1986 when the hornets secured a 1-0 victory at Vicarage Road.
Watford vs. Man United: Prediction
Despite the loss in midweek, Manchester United is tipped to win this game. The return of Ibrahimovic in starting lineup will boost United massively.
Final Predicted Score: Watford 1-2 Manchester United
Watford vs. Manchester United: Live Stream Online
Can Manchester United overcome the challenge of Watford in the fifth Premier League game of the season? Or will they slump to third consecutive defeat? To find out, watch Watford vs. Manchester United live at this link here.
Fans in the U.K. can watch the game live online on BT Sports through this streaming link.
The links will be updated just before kick off.
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