Thank God that the International break is over and we can get on with the business of serious football once more when Watford takes on Manchester United at Vicarage road Saturday afternoon.
Manchester United’s style of football has come in for plenty of criticism, from football pundits, former players and the fans as well, but manager Louis van Gaal can remain convinced his way is the right way knowing that an away win at Vicarage Road tomorrow lunchtime will see the Red Devils top of the Premiership table once more.
And while it might not be the kind of football that attracts new fans and makes all the replays on the highlights show, there is not currently another English team showing that their way of winning is any more convincing than the Dutch tactician’s ways.
Watford is just the first of the three newly promoted teams United will face in their next five games, and provide the Red Devil’s an opportunity to show that they are in the race for the title as we reach the halfway point of the season.
Manchester United’s players all reported back to training at Carrington following the international break, but at his news conference today van Gaal said he will not only be missing Anthony Martial for the trip to Watford after the French striker sustained a foot injury in his country’s 2-0 defeat to England on Tuesday and left Wembley on crutches.
Captain Wayne Rooney will also be missing due to illness, with no plan B to turn to either as Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini is also side-lined with an injury leaving van Gaal to either play natural choice James Wilson as a frontman or use summer signing Memphis Depay as United’s central attacker.
The obvious choice is to play Wilson in Rooney’s place, yet LVG is not so sure the 19-year-old could last the 90 minutes saying: “Wilson can play but he cannot play a whole match because he doesn’t have the rhythm of the game.”
This means that Depay could have his chance to get back into the Dutchman’s good book after having already played as a No.10 during the clubs summer tour.
Called up to the first team squad is 18-year-old striker Marcus Rashford, with the Mancunian academy player hoping he might get his first team debut against the Hornets, so as you can see only LVG knows who will play up front for United on Saturday.
Below you can see the starting XI we are going with for what the Red Devils will hope is an easy away win.