Watford v Manchester United preview – Tough task for the Hornets
Can the Hornets stop United at Vicarage Road this weekend?
November 20th, 2015
The weekend’s opening Premier League clash sees Manchester United make the journey south to Watford on the back of an unbeaten league run stretching back four games. Indeed, such is the ever-present pressure of being boss of United that manager Van Gaal is constantly being forced to answer tricky questions despite the fact that his side are winning games.
With just one win from six outings throughout October, the Red Devils have responded by recording a valuable win over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League and followed that by putting two past West Brom without reply in their last match before the international break.
Despite sealing the three points on that occasion which has seen them climb to just two points behind Premier League leaders Man City, there remains much criticism regarding the side’s style of play and whether their current form can be sustained throughout the remainder of the season.
The United fans are certainly a demanding bunch and nothing less than a thoroughly comprehensive title challenge will do, although with surprise package Leicester City in amongst the mix along with Arsenal and Manchester City, it is very clear that there is a battle ahead for a top-four place, given that in-form Spurs head into the weekend round of fixtures with just three points separating them from the top four.
Van Gaal will ignore the critics as long as the results continue in his favour and he will also be happy with the current form of Jesse Lingard which recently earned him an England place. We’ll be looking at Lingard to score at some point of this match with BetVictor going 31/10 on the anytime goalscorer market.
It wouldn’t be unfair to say that Manchester United’s players are still attempting to find their best form, however they will presented with a very realistic chance of piling the pressure on their main title rivals this weekend by clinching a valuable three points at Vicarage Road and the picture at the top of the Premier League could look very different at the close of the weekend. Manchester United to win is 21/10 with Betfair.
Live coverage on BT Sport 1 at 12:45pm, Saturday 21st November