Manchester United vs Watford Preview: How to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

Manchester United vs Watford Preview: How to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News


​Fresh from a positive result against Chelsea and a bore draw with Club Brugge, Manchester United return to Premier League action with a home clash against Watford on Sunday.

Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire scored as the Red Devils left Stamford Bridge with all three points to boost their hopes of Champions League qualification on Monday evening, while a 1-1 draw in Belgium gave them the upper hand in their Europa League tie on Thursday night.

Anthony Martial

Watford are without a win in four league games after enjoying a mini revival under Nigel Pearson, and are in danger of being cut adrift from the stragglers above them unless the Hornets pick up points in the next few weeks.


How to Watch on TV

When Is Kick Off?Sunday 23 February​
What Time Is Kick Off?14:00 (GMT)​
Where Is it Played?Old Trafford​
TV Channel/Live Stream?​Sky Sports Premier League/Main Event
​Referee?​Martin Atkinson

Team News

Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford are confirmed absentees for United but Eric Bailly should be fit in time for the weekend, having been rested for the Club Brugge fixture after picking up a knock against Chelsea.

Scott McTominay, who has been out since Boxing Day with a knee ligament injury, returned to training on Thursday, though it’s unlikely he’ll usurp either Fred or Nemanja Matic to start on Sunday. 

Speaking about the Scot before the Brugge game, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “I think he might be in the squad. Scott had a rest day today [Thursday], so let’s see how he is tomorrow.”

Odion Ighalo is still waiting for his first start but, with Martial enjoying a good run of form, he may have to settle for a substitute appearance against his old side.

As for Watford, Ismailla Sarr has had a fortnight to recover from a muscle problem but is still a doubt, so his absence could see Danny Welbeck start at his old stomping ground. There are further concerns over Kiko Femenia and Tom Cleverley, while Craig Dawson and Daryl Janmaat will definitely miss out.

There are plenty of options for Pearson to consider in central midfield, with Nathaniel Chalobah likely to come into the side in place of Will Hughes.


Predicted Lineups

Manchester UnitedDe Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Matic; James, Fernandes, James; Martial.​
​Watford​Foster; Mariappa, Kabasele, Cathcart, Masina; Chalobah, Capoue; Welbeck, Doucoure, Deulofeu; Deeney.

Head to Head Record

In 28 games United hold a firm advantage with 20 victories, though Watford have taken steps to addressing that record in recent years.

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Watford triumphed at Vicarage Road 2-0 in December thanks to strikes from Sarr and Troy Deeney, though United had won the previous five meetings prior to that encounter.


Recent Form

Whenever Solskjaer needs a couple of wins under his belt, he delivers. The former United striker seems to do just enough to keep Ed Woodward happy, even if that’s not enough for the club’s suffering fans.

The 2-0 victory against Chelsea seemed to come totally out of the blue, while the 1-1 draw at Club Brugge gives the Red Devils a platform to go on and qualify for the last 16 of the Europa League.

Following Manchester City’s UEFA ban, fifth place may be good enough to qualify for the Champions League, though United still need to overhaul both Sheffield United and Tottenham while being wary of Wolves behind them.

Abdoulaye Doucoure,Nigel Pearson

Wins against Wolves and Bournemouth had given Pearson’s Watford a new lease of life in their battle to avoid relegation, but the new manager bounce seems to have disappeared in the last few weeks.

Draws with ​Tottenham and Brighton have earned them a few precious points, though tight losses to Aston Villa and Everton have been somewhat demoralising.

Manchester UnitedWatford
​Club Brugge 1-1 Manchester United (20/2)​Brighton 1-1 Watford (8/2)
​Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United (17/2)Watford 2-3 Everton (1/2)​
​Manchester United 0-0 Wolves (1/2)​Tranmere 2-1 Watford (23/1)
​Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United (29/1)​Aston Villa 2-1 Watford (21/1)
​Tranmere 0-6 Manchester United (26/1)​Watford 0-0 Tottenham (18/1)

Prediction

United don’t like playing sides that they should beat. They have a bad record against teams lower than them, losing at Old Trafford to Burnley and Crystal Palace and drawing with Aston Villa and pre-Carlo Ancelotti Everton this season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

​Watford will look to frustrate their hosts and should succeed in doing so for most of the game, but ​United should be able to make the breakthrough and keep the Hornets at bay.

Prediction: Manchester United 1-0 Watford



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