Matic limps off for Manchester United against Watford

MAROUANE FELLAINI

It was another zero-sum weekend for Manchester United as they edged past Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday only to watch on as Manchester City regained an eight-point hold at the Premier League summit with a 2-1 success at Huddersfield Town 24 hours later.

"I play against big teams in big stadiums".

A victory will see the second-placed Red Devils move to within five points of Premier League leaders Manchester City.

United started slowly vs the London club but thanks to their veteran defender's clinical finishing, found themselves 3-0 up at the break and fans were happy to give due praise. That could mean a change in role for Romelu Lukaku, who has shifted to a wide position in the last few fixtures following the Swede's entrance as a substitute. At the heart of the defence, Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly may both return, potentially giving Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof a midweek off.

The versatile wing-back was deployed on the left flank for their trip to Vicarage Road.

But the Brazilian told ESPN that he just did not think he would play in Manchester, "I wasn't going to be a starting player at United this season.I felt that by coming here I would play more minutes".

Jose Mourinho
GETTY Jose Mourinho's Man Utd got a bloody nose at Watford last season

As Mourinho looks to improve the firepower within his squad, the report claims that he is targeting Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann, Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil to improve the teams creativity and goalscoring options.

United slowly grew into the game, although they struggled to link up with Romelu Lukaku.

The hosts come into this match having made their joint best-ever start to a top-flight season with 21 points from 13 games, leaving them eighth in the standings and with the prospect of climbing up to sixth should they win tonight.

Lukaku scored seven goals in his first seven Premier League games for Manchester United, converting 23% of his shots.

But neither Fellaini or Mkhitaryan will be involved at Vicarage Road after they failed to take the train down to Hertfordshire with the rest of the side.

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