On the surface it is an easy game – Manchester United have scored 8 goals in two games and have been simply unplayable at times, while Watford lack the penetration and skill on the ball to trouble our defence, even if Silvestre and Evra make up half of our defensive line.
Watford will be chasing the ball around the park for most of the match, and their aggressive approach to the game could actually play to Manchester United’s advantage. If we play anything like we did against Charlton and Fulham,
Can Watford spring a surprise? I’m actually hoping that they give Manchester United a hard game considering that I’d rather have United face a challenge now than for the first time this season against Tottenham. The international break will give us a good break as well and allow Vidic, Heinze, Neville and Carrick to return to full fitness.
- Ryan Giggs, should he start, will make his 600th start for Manchester United.
- Based on Premiership matches played in 2006, the Red Devils have the best record with 45 points, comprised of 14 wins, three draws and three losses. Liverpool are second best with 43 points and Chelsea only third with 39. Of course, if you take out this season’s record, Liverpool are top with 42 points, United have 39 and Chelsea are still third with 36.
Ben Foster will go up against the third consecutive keeper who has played at United at some time or the other (first match against Everton (Tim Howard, on loan), second match against West Ham (Roy Carroll, former United keeper) and now van der Sar)Ben Foster won’t be allowed to play against Manchester United under Premier League rules.
- Match kickoff – 15:00 Saturday, 26th August
As usual, goals and match report will be up right after the game.