Manchester United make the trip south to take on Marco Silva’s Watford at Vicarage Road. The Red Devils have won the last two outings in the Premier League, and Jose Mourinho will want to continue the winning momentum ahead of a testing fixture schedule at the start of December.
United face off against Arsenal in the weekend to follow, and the Portuguese tactician could make a couple of changes to his starting lineup, although he would not want to upset the overall balance.
David de Gea is undoubtedly the first name on Mourinho’s teamsheet, and we expect the Spaniard to keep his spot against a Watford side, who pose an imminent threat on the counter-attack.
Onto the backline, Mourinho could keep the services of Antonio Valencia in the right-back spot, but he could replace Ashley Young with Daley Blind – who could offer more defensively on the road.
Likewise, Marcos Rojo could get another chance to impress in central defence with Phil Jones and Eric Bailly still in the treatment room. We fancy the Argentine partnering Chris Smalling, thus leaving the recently improved Victor Lindelof on the bench.
Paul Pogba lasted the full 90 minutes against Brighton last weekend, but the Frenchman could still make the lineup as he dictates the way United press in the opposition half. He could partner the ever-present Nemanja Matic in midfield.
Onto the attack, Mourinho may not compensate with his widemen and both Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford could start for the third league game on the trot.
However, Juan Mata could be the odd man out after his relatively no-show versus Chris Hughton’s men last weekend. In his place, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is a probable candidate to start, although he has been criticised for his poor form of late.
Romelu Lukaku has failed to find the net in the last two games for United across all competitions, and this is becoming a sort of a concern as he has lacked the physical presence in the box. The Belgian is still the favourite to start upfront.