Manchester United v Watford team news and stats

Date published: Wednesday 2nd March 2016 2:44

Manchester United will be seeking an 11th straight win in all competitions against Watford when the Hornets travel to Old Trafford for their Premier League clash on Wednesday evening (8pm).

Team news

Anthony Martial, Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian could return when Manchester United face Watford.

Martial (hamstring), Smalling and Darmian (both shoulder) may feature in the Barclays Premier League clash, while Marcos Rojo will be hoping to be involved after sustaining a knock in Sunday’s win against Arsenal.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Will Keane and Antonio Valencia are out, as are Wayne Rooney, Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jones. Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Bastian Schweinsteiger are other absentees.

Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores has no fresh injury concerns ahead of his side’s trip to Manchester.

Midfielder Etienne Capoue could be rested after Flores admitted the Frenchman is suffering from fatigue while Jose Manuel Jurado remains sidelined with a calf issue.

Defender Joel Ekstrand, a long-term absentee with a knee injury, is also unavailable.

Opta stats

  • Manchester United have won the last 10 matches against Watford in all competitions.
  • Troy Deeney scored a penalty to equalise for Watford and then an own goal to gift Manchester United all three points in the earlier encounter between these two sides this season.
  • Watford already have more points away from home this season (18) than they managed in their two previous Premier League campaigns put together (15).
  • The Hornets have failed to score in five of their last seven Premier League matches.
  • Odion Ighalo has scored just one goal in eight Premier League appearances so far in 2016, despite attempting 21 shots (inc. blocked).
  • Marcus Rashford has scored four goals from five shots on target in his Manchester United first team career so far.
  • Manchester United have used a league-high 33 players in the opening 27 matchdays of the Premier League this season.
  • In fact, Manchester United have never used more players in a single Premier League season – they used the same number in 2014-15 and 2008-09 (33).
  • Only Manchester United (5) have drawn more Premier League games nil-nil this season than Watford (4).
  • Manchester United will be looking to win back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since November 21st 2015 – a day that they beat Watford at Vicarage Road.


Overall recent form

Recent League Form Manchester United Watford
Last five games WLDWL DWLDW


Managers records – all-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record P W D L GF GA GD PTS PTS/P
Louis van Gaal 65 32 18 15 98 63 35 114 1.75
Quique Sánchez Flores 27 10 7 10 29 28 1 37 1.37

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