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    Watford v Manchester United Preview: Three set to return for United

    By Alex Easley
    Wayne Rooney is in the United squad after being rested on Thursday.
     Manchester United will be aiming to bounce back following back-to-back defeats, to Manchester City and Feyenoord respectively, this weekend when they travel to Watford.

    Jose Mourinho’s side have suffered a poor week with defeat at Old Trafford in the Manchester derby before losing 1-0 in Rotterdam on Thursday evening.

    United and Mourinho will be hoping to get back on track against Watford in the midday kick-off on Sunday.

    The United manager said pre-match: "It is a new event, it is another match. It starts minute zero at 0-0 so I think it has nothing to do with the previous two matches.

    "But obviously when you lose matches, the mood, the feeling, is not the same. That's normal. But I think we are experienced players and the players are very good guys and I know they want to win and work, so that's what we have to do."

    Watford, meanwhile, have accumulated four points from their opening four league games, including that incredible 4-2 win after being 2-0 down at West Ham last weekend.

    United is the latest tough fixture for Walter Mazzarri’s side at home after already losing to big clubs Chelsea and Arsenal.
    Watford won their last league game 4-2 at West Ham.

    Mazzarri is expected to retain much of the starting XI that won at the London Stadium, Younes Kaboul faces a late fitness test, as does Sebastian Prodl, who replaced him as a substitute.

    Stefano Okaka also made his debut, coming on as substitute, but has been ruled out for the next month with a hamstring injury.

    Wayne Rooney, Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw all return to Mourinho's matchday squad after being rested for Thursday's Europa League tie at Feyenoord, with the latter not risked after complaining of a tight hamstring following the derby defeat to Manchester City.

    Centre-back Eric Bailly will be assessed after receiving a knock during the midweek loss in Holland, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to join Phil Jones on the sidelines.



    Watford's last win against Manchester United came on 16 September 1986, when Iwan Roberts scored his first senior goal in a 1-0 victory at Vicarage Road.


    The Hornets are vying to win successive league matches for the first time in 2016.

    They could lose three consecutive top-flight home matches for the first time since 1988. Watford have only twice lost their opening three home matches of a league season: 1990-91 and 1991-92.

    Five different players have already scored Premier League goals for Watford this season - in 2015-16, it took until 20 December to reach that mark.

    Walter Mazzarri has already used 22 players in the Premier League this season, spanning 18 nationalities.

    Manchester United

    Manchester United have won all four of their previous Premier League games following a home defeat in the Manchester derby.

    The Red Devils could win their opening three Premier League away matches of a season for the first time since 1993.

    Jose Mourinho has won all three previous matches as a manager against Watford by an aggregate score of 8-0.

    Wayne Rooney needs one goal to become the Premier League's outright top scorer in away matches, he is currently level with Alan Shearer on 87 goals.

    K.O. 12PM (UK) 18/09/2016 VENUE VICARAGE ROAD
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