Premier League Preview: Watford vs. Manchester United

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  • First match-up since 2007
  • United lead all-time series 15W-5D-4L
  • Watford last beat United in 1986

Manchester United brings a 433-minute shutout streak into Vicarage Road for an early kickoff with Watford on Saturday (Watch live, 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).

United have lost just once in their last eight Premier League matches, and renew acquaintances with a Watford side that has plenty to like about its start to the season.

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The Hornets since 11th on the table in their first PL season since 2006-07, and would welcome a statement win to increase their hopes for safety.

It’ll be a reunion of sorts for Ashley Young, who spent his youth career at Watford and made his first 110 professional appearances for the Hornets.

What they’re saying

Watford boss Quique Flores on learning from the past: “We have to reference the matches we have played against big teams. Against Manchester City we were really competitive for 45 minutes, against Arsenal we were for one hour, so our target for this match is to be competitive for one-and-a-half hours.”

Manchester United wing Ashley Young on heading back to Watford: “I’m really looking forward to going back. It’s the club where I started and learnt my trade and, hopefully, it’ll be a nice reception, a better one than I get at Aston Villa anyway. There will be quite a lot of my family going to the game, so it’ll be nice to go back.”

Prediction

The battle between Troy Deeney and Chris Smalling, should the lineups provide it, will be worth the price of admission, but Odion Ighalo holds a lot of the Hornets’ hopes. United should break through for a goal or two, but will continue to fluster its fans as much as opposing defenses. Red Devils, 2-0.