4-2-3-1: Manchester United predicted XI vs Watford – Mkhitaryan & Mata start

Manchester United need to continue winning in the Premier League at this point in time, with Jose Mourinho’s side breathing heavily down the neck of the top four. Next up, Watford at Old Trafford, in an absolute must-win clash – given the fact The Hornets embarrassed us at their ground early on in the season.

It’s time to have a look at the probable starting XI for the clash, and I honestly don’t see the manager making many changes – especially after the team performed so well away at Leicester City.

David de Gea will obviously continue in between the sticks, and he’ll have both Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly in front of him. Marcos Rojo did a decent job at left-back over the weekend, and we all know just how capable Antonio Valencia is as a right-back.

The midfield two seemed to work really well against Leicester, and I don’t expect that to change here. It felt like the deeper role Paul Pogba played certainly suited him more, alongside the more energetic Ander Herrera.

The three in-behind star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is where all the debate comes. Henrikh Mkhitaryan has to start in the #10 role for me, as that is where he has played his best football. Juan Mata seems to make us tick, and it’d be daft if he doesn’t get the nod this weekend. I also think we’ll see Jesse Lingard get a start in favour of Marcus Rashford who hasn’t been performing too well out on the left. Anthony Martial will probably remain on the bench.

Check out the full starting XI below:

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