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Sancho On The Bench, Greenwood Starts | 3-4-1-2 Manchester United Predicted Lineup Vs Watford

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Manchester United will lock horns with Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon, hoping to pick up all three points away from home. The Red Devils will be coming into the match on the back of a humiliating 2-0 defeat to Manchester City, whereas Claudio Ranieri’s men recorded a 1-0 loss against Arsenal on November 7.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will probably opt for the 3-4-1-2 formation with a couple of tweaks from the last game.

3-4-1-2 Predicted Manchester United Lineup Vs Watford

Defence

David de Gea is expected to start in between the sticks for the upcoming clash. The Spanish shot-stopper would be looking to put up a strong performance and secure a clean sheet on Saturday.

Raphael Varane, who picked up an unfortunate hamstring injury against Atalanta earlier this month, seems set to miss matches against Watford, Villarreal, Chelsea and Arsenal over the next couple of weeks.

As a result, Victor Lindelof is expected to start at the heart of United’s backline, with Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly slotting into the left and right centre-back positions.

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Midfield

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a guaranteed starter at the right wing-back position, whereas Luke Shaw will fill in on the other flank as the left wing-back. The English duo would be expected to stay compact and keep their shape defensively.

Scott McTominay was forced to withdraw from Scotland’s squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Denmark and Moldova due to illness; however, he might be available for the weekend.

Hence, Fred is expected to start in the defensive midfield position, whereas McTominay will slot in as the central midfielder.

Donny van de Beek will have to settle for a place on the bench, but he could be brought on in the second half of the contest if needed.

On the other hand, Paul Pogba picked up a thigh injury during the international break, which could keep him out of action for the next two months.

“Paul Pogba is forced to withdraw from France’s next two games at the Parc des Princes against Kazakhstan and against Finland in Helsinki,” a statement from the French football federation stated.

Attack

Bruno Fernandes remains a sure-fire starter for Manchester United this week, and it’ll be an understatement to say The Red Devils will be highly dependent on the Portugal international’s creative work if they wish to pick up a win on Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to lead the line for Manchester United this weekend. The 36-year-old striker’s adept movement in front of the goal could cause a lot of trouble for the Watford defence that has conceded ten goals in their last five league matches.

Mason Greenwood will partner the Portugal international up top.

Jadon Sancho could be brought off the bench as an impact substitute in the second forty-five minutes of the match.

3-4-1-2 Manchester United Predicted Lineup Vs Watford
3-4-1-2 Manchester United Predicted Lineup Vs Watford
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