Confirmed Starting XI: Watford vs Manchester United – Marcos Rojo starts

Manchester United head South to take on a Watford team in brilliant form recently. Make no mistake, this will be a tough test for Jose Mourinho’s men, but one they simply must overcome.

As we all know, United sit eight points off the pace at this point in time, and picking up a victory here would send out a real message to Manchester City.

The starting XI for the game is in, and as expected, Mourinho has named a strong starting line-up and substitutes bench; although there are a few notable absentees.

Marouane Fellaini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Luke Shaw have all been left at home, as have the injured defensive duo of Phil Jones and Eric Bailly.

The first thing to note is a change in formation. It certainly looks as though the Red Devils have switched to a three centre-back setup, meaning we’ll likely see two strikers – Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial.

Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic will be tasked with protecting the back four, with Jesse Lingard likely floating around just in between the lines trying to cause havoc.

A key part about this setup and system is width. It’ll have to come from full-backs Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young, who’ll be a key factor in deciding the eventual result of this game.

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