After the 0-2 loss to Manchester City in the 11th round, Manchester United is likely to find a winning streak against weak opponents Watford, to continue chasing the Top 4. With quality stars on the attack such as Anthony Martial, Jese Lingard, Paul Pogba or Ronaldo, coach Ole Solskjaer’s army is fully capable of penetrating the inherently lax defense of the home team.
Watford entered this match in a pathetic form. The Hornets are going through the last 5/6 matches without knowing a victory, including 4 defeats. After losing 0-1 to Arsenal in the previous round, the Hertford team fell to 16th place. The pressure on coach Claudio Ranieri is great. A defeat to Manchester United on Saturday will most likely put the Italian at risk of losing his job.
Remember this season, Manchester United often appear weak when facing big opponents. The 0-5 defeats against Liverpool, 0-1 against Tottenham or 0-1 against Arsenal are the clearest examples. In addition, the last 4/5 encounters with Manchester United, The Hornets did not win and received all 4 defeats. Moreover, they do not have the best force when defender Christian Kabasele, striker Kwadwo Baah and midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo are absent due to injury.
The Red Devils are going through the last 5/6 rounds without knowing the smell of victory. Specifically, before the 0-2 defeat in the Manchester derby was a 2-0 win over Tottenham but that was their best result, the rest of coach Ole Solskjaer’s army received a disappointing draw at home against Everton. as well as 3 defeats against Aston Villa, Leicester City and Liverpool. With those bad results, the Old Trafford team was far behind the Top 4 with a distance of 5 points.
However, there are many reasons to believe that the Red Man will still have 3 points against Watford. In the last away match, Manchester United had just won 3-0 against Tottenham, thereby officially ending the series of 4 matches without winning first. That more or less helps Jose Mourinho’s teachers and students regain their confidence as well as excitement. In addition, the away form of the Red Devils is quite good. The proof is that they won 2 of the last 4 trips away from home.