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How Manchester United line up should look in Watford fixture

Man Utd travel to Watford on Saturday looking to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

How Manchester United line up should look in Watford fixture

Man Utd travel to Watford on Saturday looking to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

15 September 2018 Saturday 08:05
How Manchester United line up should look in Watford fixture

Manchester United return to domestic action today as they travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford.

The high-flying Hornets are sitting pretty in third place in the Premier League table after picking up maximum points from their opening four fixtures.

United, by contrast, are 10th after two wins and two defeats from their first four matches but go into the game on the back of an encouraging win at Burnley before the international break.

Ander Herrera has been ruled out of the trip to Hertfordshire with an ankle injury, while Marouane Fellaini and Luke Shaw are doubts.

Here's how M.E.N writers think United should line up at Vicarage Road.

Samuel Luckhurst

If Shaw is absolutely fine then he has to retain his place, given he has been United's outstanding performer after four games. Mourinho will doubtless leave the back four unchanged but Eric Bailly is the better defender out of him and Victor Lindelof.

Should Herrera and Fellaini miss the trip then Fred has to step in. He would have two quality midfielders to guide him and he needs to find his feet. Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard functioned productively in 'inverted' roles at Burnley and the width was provided naturally by the full-backs.

Bailly and Fred come in

Bailly and Fred come in

Ciaran Kelly

No other team has made more changes in the Premier League than United this season and Jose Mourinho has to settle on a starting XI - particularly after such a professional display at Burnley.

Saying that, I would not risk Luke Shaw for the trip to Watford after he suffered a head injury on international duty. The left-back will be desperate to play but United should not take any unnecessary risks with Ashley Young waiting in the wings.

Even with Eric Bailly fit and available, United should try and keep some continuity in the team - and stick with Marouane Fellaini in midfield.

Young looks the most obvious replacement for Shaw

Liam Corless

Why change a winning formula?

If Jose Mourinho deems Luke Shaw fit enough to play and Marouane Fellaini has recovered from the problem that saw him pull out of the Belgium squad, then the United manager should name the exact same team that won at Burnley before the international break.

Romelu Lukaku scored two at Turf Moor before netting brace for Belgium against Scotland so will be brimming with confidence for the trip to Vicarage Road.

Alexis Sanchez was impressive in United's last outing and it will be thrilling to see if he can keep up his good form after a slow start to life at Old Trafford.

M.E.N. Sports

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