MANCHESTER UNITED visit Watford in the Premier League on Saturday – but who will start for the Red Devils?
“Jose Mourinho appears to have weathered the storm at Manchester United after a woeful start to the campaign”
Jose Mourinho appears to have weathered the storm at Old Trafford after a woeful start to the campaign.
After scraping past Leicester in the season’s opener at the Theatre of Dreams, United suffered two damaging defeats – the first a 3-2 humbling away at Brighton, the second a 3-0 thrashing at home to Tottenham.
However, a Romelu Lukaku brace ensured they returned to winning ways at Burnley in their last outing before the international break.
Mourinho – whose job was hanging by a thread at one stage – now prepares his side for a trip to Vicarage Road in Saturday’s late kickoff.
Their opponents, remarkably, still have their 100 per cent start to the season intact; with four wins coming against Brighton, Burnley, Crystal Palace and, most strikingly, Tottenham.
United have a number of players set to miss the game.
Phil Jones is out, as is Luke Shaw following his horror collision with Dani Carvajal in England’s 2-1 Nations League defeat by Spain on Saturday – which saw the 23-year-old forced off on a stretcher.
Marcus Rashford is suspended after being sent off in the win at Burnley; while Diogo Dalot, Marcos Rojo, Sergio Romero and Marouane Fellaini are doubts.
Yet, Mourinho is likely to gamble on the fitness of the latter.
Fellaini should start in between Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic in midfield, who are likely to sit in front of Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Ashley Young.
As usual, David De Gea is expected to start in goal.
Romelu Lukaku is certain to lead the line once more, with Jesse Lingard and Alexis Sanchez likely to flank the centre-forward.