Manchester United's Ashley Young scores twice against former club Watford

The former Red Devil is expecting a physical battle for Manchester United and admits that he is unsure whether Jose Mourinho's men can take the three points from their trip to Hertfordshire.

Young's top displays of late saw him recalled to the worldwide senior team and the player does not look like he'll be stopping anytime soon.

Defenders Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are out for United.

The United wing-back began his career at Vicarage Road and was with the Hornets for 11 years after joining the youth system as a 10-year-old.

The absence of Fellaini, in particular, is baffling, with the Manchester United boss hailing him to be one of the most important player's in his squad, despite his contract standoff with the club.

After starting the season in fine form, regularly scoring four goals past their opponents, the goals have seemingly dried up over the last few months, with only Newcastle United being out to the sword in recent times. Craig Cathcart (knee) and Younes Kaboul (hamstring), midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah (knee) and forward Isaac Success (knee) are reportedly likely to miss out once more. They haven't lost three successive league away games since January 1996.

Manchester United's Ashley Young scores twice against former club Watford
Manchester United's Ashley Young scores twice against former club Watford

Watford head coach Marco Silva also sent on midfielder Andre Carrillo, shifting to a back four, and his side began to look more risky, Richarlison heading wide from another Femenia cross.

The hosts come into this match having made their joint best-ever start to a top-flight season with 21 points from 13 games, leaving them eighth in the standings and with the prospect of climbing up to sixth should they win tonight.

Jose Mourinho has reportedly reassembled Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind and Jesse Lingard to the squad for the Premier League fixture.

Romelu Lukaku could make his 200th Premier League appearance in this match - he now has 93 goals. Nonetheless, a victory could hardly be easy, even though they could offer much resistance, making it hard for the opposition to snatch away three significant points.

Lukaku scored seven goals in his first seven Premier League games for Manchester United, converting 23% of his shots.

  • Angelo Rivera