Manchester United play bottom of the table Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Reds will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League after the disappointing home draw against Everton on Sunday. The result meant United failed to capitalise on Chelsea’s home defeat to Bournemouth and missed out on a chance of going within two points of the top four.
In theory, a fixture against the side rock bottom of the league would be the perfect fixture to get back on track, but we have seen so often this season that these are the fixtures in which the struggles are laid bare for United.
The Reds have problems breaking down deep-lying defences, and we expect a stubborn and organised defensive effort from Nigel Pearson’s side.
Watford showed their resilience in last weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield, where they were perhaps unlucky not to get a result after missing several chances.
Despite the frustrating 1-1 draw against Everton, we expect Solskjaer to name a similar starting eleven for Sunday’s game after changes were made in the 3-0 midweek Carabao Cup victory over Colchester.
Jesse Lingard is likely to retain his place in attacking midfield, behind a familiar attacking trio of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Daniel James.
A midfield pivot of Scott McTominay and Fred will start, with Paul Pogba back in training as he looks to get to full match fitness.
Meanwhile, Brandon Williams could replace Luke Shaw at left-back after being left out of the last two games.
Predicted XI to face Watford (4-2-3-1): De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Williams, Fred, McTominay, Lingard, Martial, Rashford, James.