Monday, 11 December, 2017

Jose Mourinho expects another tough test from Watford

Carrick GETTY Michael Carrick recently underwent a procedure to resolve an irregular heart rhythm
Judith Alexander | 28 November, 2017, 01:46

Ashley Young says Manchester United will go to Watford to win on Tuesday night as they look to turn around their stuttering away form.

The match is being shown live by BT Sport with coverage starting at 7.15 pm on BT Sport 1.

We'll talk a little bit with each other and once the match starts it is Watford against Manchester United. With Pogba, United tend to be more assertive and against a Watford side who could be got at, it's imperative that the visitors go with the right attitude from minute one to avoid a repeat of last season.

His stock only grew at the weekend as Watford made the trip to the North East to take on Newcastle United, and they certainly humbled The Magpies with goals from Will Hughes, Andre Gray and an own goal from DeAndre Yedlin secured the resounding 3-0 victory at St James' Park.

Watford are coming off an impressive 3-0 win against Newcastle What are the odds?

That status was hard to imagine back in September when Manchester City hit six at Vicarage Road without reply.

However, Silva did concede that he may move away from Vicarage Road at some point, providing he continues to prosper.

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     Juan Mata is eager to see Michael Carrick back on the pitch for United
GETTY Juan Mata is eager to see Michael Carrick back on the pitch for United

Mourinho will look to Romelu Lukaku to end his run of four away games without a league goal - and at a ground where he netted a brace last season.

A year on, a third straight away defeat for Mourinho's men could severely undermine any hope of sustaining a challenge to their runaway city rivals for the title. The 20-year old is dynamic - with pace and strength in the air (4.2 aerial duels won per game) - and his performance will be really key to the home side who could potentially exploit United's recent shaky displays at the back - particularly in the full-back areas where they tend to get caught high up.

Watford's 21-point tally from 13 games is their joint top-flight record at this stage of a season, tied with their best-ever league campaign; when they finished 2nd in the 1982-83 season (also 21 points after 13 games).

Young eventually left for Aston Villa in 2007 but he retains fond memories of his time with the Hertfordshire club, who are eighth in the Premier League following consecutive victories against West Ham and Newcastle.

An automatic choice between the sticks, the Spaniard will be looking to keep a second clean sheet in three days.

Marco Silva and Jose Mourinho's sides have both won their last two Premier League outings, making for an interesting encounter.

Richarlison has been involved in seven goals in his last eight Premier League appearances for Watford (four goals, three assists).

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