Manchester United will have only one agenda in mind as they welcome Premier League struggles Watford to Old Trafford on Saturday. They will be looking to continue their unbeaten run which they extended on Wednesday Night against Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League clash at the Wanda Metropolitano. Anthony Elanga, a Young Boys target, was on target for his club away from home and rescued a crucial draw that would give them some confidence ahead of the second leg.
Switzerland League side Young Boys have shown interest in Elanga but due to his current form, United will not he expected to see him leave. That goal from the youngster means United head into this match having gone five games unbeaten after their shock FA Cup defeat to Middlesbrough. United sit fourth in the Premier League but fifth-placed Arsenal do have two games in hand.
In the last meeting between Watford and United, the Red Devils embarrassingly lost 4-1 to Watford when the sides last met at Vicarage Road and that was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s final game in charge. Watford have only won one game since beating United in November and they’re heavy candidates for relegation.
It needs to be all change at full-back after midweek. Diogo Dalot’s absence from the line-ups in Leeds and Madrid was odd and Luke Shaw’s performance level has not been high enough this month, so Alex Telles deserves a start.
With Scott McTominay still unwell, Nemanja Matic should come in to bring balance to the midfield. Paul Pogba was having a decent month until Madrid and could be the game-changer in the second-half. It is a quirk of his career he tends to get outperformed by compatriots – Geoffrey Kondogbia was the latest in midweek – and Moussa Sissoko could start for Watford.
Marcus Rashford’s poor form has gone on for 14 months and his selection was the most surprising in midweek. Anthony Elanga merits a start today.