By Sean Hayes

Manchester United visit Vicarage Road on Sunday afternoon looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats, as they face a Watford side who picked up their first win of the season last week.

Jose Mourinho’s men were humbled by Feyenoord in their opening Europa League fixture in midweek, which came just five days after their 2-1 derby defeat to Manchester City at Old Trafford.

The Hornets go into the game off the back a 4-2 victory away to West Ham, after fighting back from a 2-0 deficit to become the first visiting side to win at London Stadium.

With 11 straight wins in this fixture, United will be confident they can return to winning ways as they look set to welcome back a number of stars who were rested for their midweek trip to Holland.

Wayne Rooney, Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw are all rumoured to return, with Eric Bailly facing a late fitness test and Henrikh Mkhitaryan nursing a thigh problem.

The hosts will be without forward Stefano Okaka, as he faces a month out with a hamstring injury picked up in his debut away to the Hammers, while Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Prodl are being assessed after picking up knocks.

Without a win against the Manchester club since 1986, the odds are stacked against Walter Mazzarri’s men, and they are looking to avoid a third-straight home defeat in the top-flight for the first time since 1988.

The visitors should be too strong and in Zlatan Ibrahimovic they have one of the form players in the Premier League, with four goals in as many games.

Look out for Etienne Capoue though, as the former Tottenham midfielder has bagged three goals so far this term, more than he managed in his two-year stint with Spurs.

Potential Watford Starting XI (3-5-2): Gomes; Cathcart, Kaboul, Britos; Janmaat, Behrami, Pereyra, Capoue, Holebas; Deeney, Ighalo

Potential Manchester United Starting XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Shaw, Blind, Bailly, Valencia; Fellaini, Pogba; Martial, Rooney, Mata; Ibrahimovic


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