Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Potential Lineups: Watford vs Manchester United

Potential Lineups: Watford vs Manchester United

Reuters / Eddie Keogh

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 victory had a positive impact on the players, and it would indubitably influence their performances on their next fixture, as they are now ready to take on Watford on a Tuesday night away-fixture.

With eight 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.

Manchester United:

Jose Mourinho has reportedly reassembled Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind and Jesse Lingard to the squad for the Premier League 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.

Dropping Darmian, Blind and Lingard for the Brighton fixture, the Portuguese tactician has them well rested and available for the important fixture. 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 three previous games of the Red Devils, 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.”

Potential lineup:

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

Defenders: Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young

Midfielders: Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Rashford

Striker: Romelu Lukaku

Reuters / Eddie Keogh


Having won the last two games, the Vicarage Road outfit will be possessing 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’s 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 SkySports. Craig Cathcart (knee) and 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).

Potential lineup:

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 

Passionate writer, coated in Blue.


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