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Manchester United team news: Striker out of Watford game with illness, midfielder in contention

Manchester United team news ahead of the visit of Watford to Old Trafford this Sunday.

Manchester United could welcome back Scott McTominay to their squad for Sunday’s clash with Watford.

According to BBC Sport, the midfielder is in contention for the Red Devils after being sidelined with a knee injury since Boxing Day.

McTominay may be fit enough to make the bench for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, as they aim to continue their push for a top four finish.

United’s January signing, Odion Ighalo, is set to make his first start for the club against his former team mates.

The Nigerian international made the move to Old Trafford on loan, scoring 16 goals in 55 Premier League appearances during his time with Watford.

While the Red Devils have been given a boost in McTominay, an illness looks to have ruled out teenage sensation Mason Greenwood.

With striker options already limited for United, Ighalo will more than likely lead the line with pressure on his shoulders to deliver in the absence of Marcus Rashford.

Solskjaer’s men are just four points off the top four following their victory over Chelsea on Monday night, as they look to make a return to the Champions League.

Their form in this fixture is promising, as United have won 16 of their last 18 meetings with Watford in all competitions.

The Red Devils did come unstuck in the reverse fixture though back in December, as goals from Ismaila Sarr and Troy Deeney consigned them to a 2-0 defeat.

Watford’s form at Old Trafford is poor, as they haven’t won in any of their last 12 visits to United in the league, a run that includes eight defeats.

With the home side losing just one of their last 11 home outings in the Premier League, they will be looking to extend that run and keep the pressure on the sides around them.

Manchester United will be confident they can pick up three points on Sunday, however they must be wary of a Watford side that are determined to fight their way out of the relegation zone.

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