In Ole’s first match as the official manager for United he will encounter a Watford side who have had a good season so far. For this league game, Watford are in 8th place and they are a competitive side. They are one point behind seventh placed Wolves. The Hornets recently advanced to the semi-finals of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.
Marcus Rashford, Nemanja Matic, Anthony Martial, and Romelu Lukaku, all of them missed matches for their countries due to injury. Jesse Lingard missed two games for England during the international break and Victor Lindelof didn’t travel with Sweden either. Alexis Sanchez is still out with a knee injury. Antonio Valencia could possibly play after he played the full 90 minutes of Ecuador’s friendly last week. Ashley Young is in contention for the game after missing the Wolves FA cup match through suspension. Eric Bailly may be unavailable after missing Ivory Coast’s friendly win over Ecuador last Tuesday night.
As for Watford, Javi Gracia has an almost fully-fit squad. He confirmed in a press conference earlier this week. “All the internationals came back in good condition and are all ready to play.” Jose Halebas and Andre Gray is available. Tom Cleverley has a calf injury so he is the only player out for Watford.
Watford has won three out of there last 5 games in all competitions. We have won 21 times and drawn five against the Hornets in the 31 games that both teams had faced each other. Stuart Atwell will be the referee for the match.