3 Things to Look Forward to as Watford Host Manchester United in the Premier League

Manchester United travel to Vicarage Road to take on joint league leaders Watford in the fifth round of Premier League fixtures. 


The Red Devils have endured a tough start to the league season, losing to Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur. After securing a good win against Burnley in their previous encounter, Jose Mourinho's men would be keen to maintain momentum against the Hornets. 


Javi Gracia's side have done very well this season, using their high energy approach to stifle opponents, while taking advantage of their physicality and aerial prowess.


Here's a look at three things to watch out for ahead of this encounter - 

3. Red Devils Looking to Build on Burnley Win

After the disappointment of back-to-back losses against Brighton and Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United put in a good performance from front to back to seal a comfortable win against Burnley. 


The win showcased some good combination play and positional interchange among the United forwards and that laid the groundwork for the win. 


With Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City having started the season very well, Jose Mourinho would be focused on helping his team continue their resurgence. 

2. Watford Thriving on Organisation and Counter-attacks

Javi Gracia has his team organised very well in their 4-4-2 formation, with a solid defensive partnership between Craig Cathcart and Christian Kabasele anchoring them. 


Daryl Janmaat and Jose Holebas provide the width from the full-back positions, while the midfield is comprised of Abdoulaye Doucoure and Etienne Capoue, with Roberto Pereyra and Will Hughes providing the invention needed. 


Andre Gray and Troy Deeney work very hard for the team, closing the opposition defenders down and providing a physical presence inside the box, helping their team convert from crosses and setpiece situations.


Gracia will be hoping that his meticulous planning will help them take down another strong team, after they defeated Spurs in their last match.

1. Paul Pogba Needs to Deliver

After starting the season well against Leicester City, Paul Pogba has had a couple of disappointing outings and was steady against Burnley. 


With all the talk of Barcelona being interested in signing him making the rounds, the midfielder has not done anything to shut down speculation. Instead, he has only added fuel to the fire. 


It is imperative that he shows he can step his game up and deliver when the team needs him most, in a tough away fixture. 

3 things to expect as Manchester United face Watford in the Premier League