Former Manchester United Star Unsure of Red Devils' Prospects At Watford

Manchester United star Nemanja Matic may miss the match with Arsenal

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who returned from a long-term injury a week ago, is pushing to start, but the availability of Lukaku could rule out any possibility of that occurring.

Elsewhere there could be changes at full-back, with at least one of Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young stepping aside and Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian and Luke Shaw all standing by.

Defenders Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are out for United.

The Hornets have been one of the most impressive sides in the Premier League this term, with the form of Abdoluaye Doucoure and Richarlison in particular helping them build a five-point gap ahead of ninth-placed Brighton and the multitude of teams aiming to put daylight between themselves and the relegation zone. Their last two games against West Ham and Newcastle have been their brightest defensive games of the season, against two offensively lackluster teams. The Younes Kaboul (hamstring), Craig Cathcart (knee), Tommie Hoban (ACL), Isaac Success and Nathaniel Chalobah (both knee) are all on the sidelines and set to miss the tie. United have an important run of fixtures in the next two weeks with a Premier League showdown at Arsenal coming Saturday.

"I cannot say right now whether United can go to Watford and beat them comfortably". They haven't lost three successive league away games since January 1996.

The hosts come into this match having made their joint best-ever start to a top-flight season with 21 points from 13 games, leaving them eighth in the standings and with the prospect of climbing up to sixth should they win tonight.

Richarlison has been involved in seven goals in his last eight Premier League appearances for Watford (four goals, three assists). Nonetheless, a victory could hardly be easy, even though they could offer much resistance, making it hard for the opposition to snatch away three significant points.

After seeing his victor against Brighton on Saturday go down as an own goal, the opener was Young's first league strike since May 2016.

But neither Fellaini or Mkhitaryan will be involved at Vicarage Road after they failed to take the train down to Hertfordshire with the rest of the side.

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