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Not sure this is a game for Perreira. (Banned Rashford?)
Going to be a tough game 9 would think. Hopefully we’ll come away with the win but they are an easy banana peel team at the moment.
Hopefully I'm wrong but I can see things going incredibly bad in this game. If we lose then I honestly think top 4 is gone. It would also be 3 losses in 5 games which is a horrendous record, we really need a win badly but at this stage I would even accept 1 point.
I want to see us play the same quick passing game that we saw for a little while against spurs and for majority of the game against Burnley.
Another Burnley level performance would be a win for us
expecting a tough game but Watford will give us chances
Our attacking play is improving. We should keep that going. My concern is the defence. They did pretty well in the last game though. If we get our defending right, I see us taking this game and if we do, it will mark a turning point in the season for us.
For a debut, it is extrememly important DD has a good game from a psychological perspective. I forsee Jose playing safe for him. Young on the left, Valencia on the right and DD as a late sub if we are winning comfortably.
I reckon this will be a very tough game for us. We're up against a team who are full of confidence, strong players going forward from midfield. (We just cannot play Lindelöf in this game). On top of that they look to have made a fantastic recruitment by getting Gracia as their manager. Not saying they are going to do a Leicester, but should certainly be taken seriously. For me this is about the worst type of opposition we could meet right now and I think we'll struggle.
I think we'll start with the exact same team as against Burnley but May be Young for Shaw. We'll keep Fred and Pereira back for the CL game.
A draw wouldn’t be a bad result, although I think we can sneak a win if we can win that midfield battle.
I’m going for a 0-1 win, Lukaku with the goal.
We certainly need to score first to get anything out of this. We look so poor once we go behind. No idea of the result let alone score...
I think we can get a draw here, which would not be a bad result considering Watford are off to a flyer. 2-2.
You lot are too negative. We'll win this comfortably. 3-1 I'm predicting.
I think we'll do them. 3-0
Bit worried without Fellaini.
Lindelof will get bullied by Deeney if Fellaini is't present. Hopefully he plays, otherwise gonna be a long night.
Watford are a physical team, but we have the right personnel to 'out bully' them. The line-up vs Burnley was a good template for this match and I'd be tempted to use again.
My preference would be:
Valencia, Bailley, Smalling, Shaw
Matic, Fellani, Pogba
Lingaard, Lukakku, Sanchez
Victor L is dropped as it could be a very messy day for him against a physical team like Watford. If Jose does not want Bailley back in, then I'd move Matic into defence and bring in Perreira or Fred.
Edit - Just remembered that Rashford is banned. Was having a debate in my head on whether to start him or Jesse!
Personally, I think anything but a win would be a bad result against Watford, regardless of their early season form.
Even though we are early into the season, we need to keep up with the leading pack and build some momentum.
We'll smash them 0-1
Nightmare opponent for us right now. Hope Mourinho gets it right!
Win this and we could maybe begin to turn a corner.
Confirmed travelling squad.
Confirmed United squad members
David de Gea, Sergio Romero, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Ashley Young, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Fred, Marouane Fellaini, Andreas Pereira, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku
Is that saying Luke Shaw is a definite no or travelling separately?
Surely he wouldn't travel to Watford seperately, they turn up for home games seperately sometimes. You would think they are given him the extra days to make sure he is fine. It might make him available for the Young Boys game.
Good, Fellaini travelling.
This is what the MEN said.
Manchester United travelling squad to Watford confirmed
Luke Shaw has not travelled with the Manchester United squad for their Premier League fixture at Watford but Marouane Fellaini is in contention to figure.
Full squad details here.
Same lineup as Burnley but Young for Shaw then.
Good, rather they take a bit more time for his health .... a few days/a game isn't worth the risk. Lose/lose mediawise too... we play him/he's ok and we'd be gambling with his long-term health... we play him/something happens and whether a fluke or not, it'd be news top story for weeks.
Well, let's hope Young repeats his performance there from last season.
Watford vs Man U.
One team trying to mantain their 100% record at the beginning of the season.
The other is floating around midtable and struggling to find a pattern of play.
Not too long ago it could only have been the other way around.
Sep 14, 2018 at 16:37
It's been all of 4 games, c'mon. Nobody even needs to look at the table at this stage. Not like we are "floating around midtable" after week 20.
Just watch the Burnley game after returning from hols and thought he was outstanding. Who's this new Shaw lad too.....
I’ve got my doubts if Fellaini doesn’t play now. I don’t think Fred should be starting, and if Herrera is also missing I can see this ending badly for us tbh.
Sep 14, 2018 at 18:18
That’ll defo require a ‘turning the corner’ thread for sure.
Looks like it's going to be Smashley at LB.
Sep 14, 2018 at 20:25
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Shame about Shaw, but after Young's performance against these last season I've got a good feeling. He'll be out to impress to win his place back.
Pretty sure this is what Mourinho will do:
Valencia Smalling Lindelöf Young
Lingard Lukaku Sanchez
Fred(60'), Martial(70'), Pereira/McTominay(80')
International breaks are so annoying. Season barely starts and you have 2 weeks off right away. Thank feck this is back. Fully ready to be disappointed again!
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