Match Preview: Watford vs. Manchester United

Manchester United return to Premier League action on Saturday afternoon when they square off against Watford.

In the top-flight, Manchester United have won 18 of their 26 matches against Watford (D4 L4), a win ratio of 69%. Among teams they’ve faced at least 20 times in their top-flight history, they only have a higher win ratio against Luton Town (73% – P30 W22).

Watford have lost 12 of their 14 Premier League matches against Manchester United (W2) – against no side have they lost more.

No team has failed to score in more different Premier League matches than Watford this season (7). In the four games in which the Hornets have managed to find the net however, they’ve netted at least three goals on three occasions.

Manchester United are winless in three Premier League matches against newly promoted teams, drawing against West Brom, Leeds and Fulham last season. They haven’t gone four in a row without a win against such opposition since a run ending in September 1997 that saw them fail to beat Sunderland, Derby, Leicester and Bolton.

Watford have conceded at least once in each of their last 21 Premier League games – it’s their longest ever run without a clean sheet in the top-flight.

Manchester United Team News:

Paul Pogba sustained a thigh injury during the early stages of international duty with France. While an official recovery time has not been disclosed, the midfielder will play no part on Saturday.

After Varane picked up a hamstring injury against Atalanta BC earlier this month, Solskjaer revealed that the centre-back would likely spend a month on the sidelines.

Luke Shaw needed to be withdrawn through concussion during the defeat against Manchester City, an injury which led to the left-back missing out on England’s recent double-header. He will continue to be assessed ahead of this game.

Scott McTominay missed out on Scotland’s win over Denmark on Monday night due to illness. However, the midfielder has since revealed on social media that he had “recovered well”, suggesting that he should be available on Saturday.

Cavani has missed out on Uruguay’s recent fixtures, the forward citing a tendon injury as the reason. With United well stocked for options in the final third, Solskjaer is unlikely to take any risks on the veteran.

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