Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will take charge of his first game as permanent Man Utd manager when the Red Devils face Watford on Saturday.
It was revealed on Thursday that the Norwegian had been handed a three-year contract by the Old Trafford board after an impressive run during his time as interim manager.
Solskjaer has led United to 14 wins, two draws and three defeats during his 19 games in charge, during which time his team have scored 40 goals and conceded just 17. The new boss has called on his players to go on and clinch a top-four place, starting with a win over Watford.
The hosts will be forced to make late decisions on seven first-team players, with Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic, Anthony Martial, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly missing games for their countries.
United will have Antonio Valencia back in contention after injury, while Ashley Young returns to the squad after suspension and could face his former club.
Meanwhile, Watford head to Old Trafford looking to avoid a third straight away defeat in the league. However, they have lost their last four meetings with United, including a 2-1 home defeat in September.
Javi Gracia has been boosted by the news that Jose Holebas has recovered from injury and is available for selection, but Tom Cleverley will miss the game against his former club due to a calf problem.
Gracia is expected to pick between Domingos Quina - who played for Portugal Under-20s this week - or Nathaniel Chalobah to replace Cleverley in midfield.
Ole Gunnar Solskjear will be looking to pick up his first win as permanent Manchester United manager – Watford will be keen to spoil his party.
Since his arrival at the club, Solskjear has seemed unstoppable… until now. Two straight defeat against Wolves and Arsenal has proved that Manchester United may not be as invincible under the Norwegian manager as it may have first seemed. Alternatively, the two defeats may have come as a result of a Champions League hangover.
Whatever the reason is, Watford won’t care. All Javi Garcia’s men will be thinking is that Manchester United are for the taking. Watford themselves have been in decent form losing just two of their last eight games in all competitions.
What’s more, let’s not forget that these two defeats did come at the hands of Manchester City (3-1) and Liverpool (5-0).
Should Watford overcome the odds and win at Old Trafford, it will be their first away win over Manchester United in 11 attempts.
In terms of the general head to head record, Watford’s last win over the Red Devils came in 2016 at Vicarage Road. However, since then United have managed four straight victories.
Looking at the betting, the recommendation is to back the away side in the double chance market. A Watford win or draw is currently priced at 2/1. That is a price that cannot be ignored, especially when it comes to a Manchester United team who have lost two straight games.
Watford/Draw Double Chance – 2/1 bet365
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