The Hornets are hoping to continue their remarkable 100 per cent start to the season when Jose Mourinho’s side rock up at Vicarage Road
After an interesting international break, the Premier League is BACK.
And Watford, the team’s surprise package so far this season, will be looking to continue their 100 per cent start to the season with a win over Manchester United at Vicarage Road.
Javi Gracia’s men proved their credentials last time out by coming from behind to defeat Tottenham, and the Hornets have the chance of making it five wins from five when the Red Devils come to town.
United have endured a troubled start to the season, picking up just six points from a possible 12, and there were reports suggesting Jose Mourinho, the club’s manager, could have lost his job if the Red Devils were beaten by Burnley prior to the international break.
The Old Trafford outfit won that match against a very poor Burnley side, and they will have their work cut out this weekend against a Watford team riding high on a wave of momentum
You can listen to full commentary of the Vicarage Road clash LIVE on talkSPORT from 17:30 on Saturday, September 15.
Javi Gracia (Watford): “I don’t understand that word ‘crisis’. I don’t know if they [Manchester United] are in crisis. I only know they have a very good squad and they can choose different players, most of them internationals. I’m sure they play with 11 very good players and it will be very hard for us. But at this moment, playing at home, we feel we have the confidence to compete and to try to get points. The results help us to feel we can do it, but I know it’s only the feeling, because you have to do many things to win.”
Jose Mourinho (Manchester United): “It’s clear – four matches, 12 points. We know three of these matches were at home, so in relation to the 12 points, maybe we can speak about a little advantage in relation to other teams with two home and two away. But it is a fantastic start – 12 points is great for them, good victories at home, strong performances, congratulations to Javi Gracia, the players and the club overall because it’s a very good start.”
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Watford are unchanged for a fifth consecutive Premier League game.
Meanwhile the visitors’ only change sees Ashley Young come in for Luke Shaw after the latter sustained a nasty looking injury during England’s Nations League defeat to Spain last weekend.
Watford: Foster, Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas, Doucoure, Capoue, Hughes, Pereyra, Deeney, Gray
Subs: Gomes, Mariappa, Success, Masina, Sema, Chalobah, Femenia
Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Lindelof, Young, Pogba, Fellaini, Matic, Lingard, Lukaku, Sanchez
Subs: Bailly, Mata, Martial, Grant, Fred, Darmian, McTominay