|Emmanuel Denis peeled away from Lindelof before unleashing an unstoppable shot to round of scoring in Watford's 4-1 win in the reverse fixture, will he do it again on Saturday? (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)|
The reverse of this fixture was the final straw that broke the camel’s back for former Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, the 4-1 embarrassment of the Red Devils at the Vicarage Road Stadium was too much for the United Hierarchy to stomach, the fired the Norwegian that weekend.
Bruno Fernandes was pictured on the pitch urging the fans to put the blame on the players and not the manager, the boos were louder than the noise of the celebrating home fans, two months down the line, not much has changed.
Watford are down there in the relegation dogfight, Norwich’s loss at Southampton on Friday night would gladden the Hornets but they have lots of work to do if they want to swim out of the murky relegation waters.
The stakes are higher than ever for both sides, United are in danger of losing their top four fights to Arsenal after the Gunners closed the gap on them on Thursday at home to Wolves, Arsenal would have three games on United by the end of this fixture.
Watford have played two games more than Burnley, the Clarets are two points clear of Roy Hodgson’s side and that’s ominous considering the resurgence of Sean Dyche’s men in recent games, a draw wouldn’t be a good result for Watford.
Watford failed to take their chances against Crystal Palace in midweek, the weekend win at Brighton wasn’t improved on as fans would expect but they have an opportunity to do something special here to get the wind behind their sails.
Manchester United must win here, they won’t want Watford to complete a double over them but their defense must behave accordingly. How Leeds United got behind them twice in a minute over the weekend would remain a myth but it shouldn’t happen again.
The potential in the Man U side is scary but bringing them together to perform like a solid team has been the problem, Jadon Sancho has hit top gear in the premier league and another youngster, Elanga is proving his worth, maybe it’s time to turn to the kids.