Manchester United are back in Premier League action on Sunday afternoon as they travel to face Watford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side will be looking to winning ways in the league after they were held by Everton in their last outing a week ago. United know a win is vital if they are to keep their hopes of a top-four finish alive.
The big early team news is that Paul Pogba is part of the United travelling squad for this weekend’s fixture. Youngsters Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood are among the 20-man squad but there’s no place for James Garner, Angel Gomes or Tahith Chong.
United are looking for back-to-back away league wins for the first time since February. They’ve lost just one of their last nine away games against sides starting the day bottom.
Stick with us for all the match build up, early team news and live updates from Vicarage Road.
Mixed messages over Pogba
It’s been a weekend of Rachel Greens with United; Erling Haaland didn’t get on the plane (to Manchester) but Paul Pogba did get on the plane to Watford.
That is a shame only for the throng who were waiting at Stockport Station who expected United to take the train down to London. Alas, you cannot get the tube to Watford and it is the right side of London as far as United are concerned.
A Pogba comeback from the start today seems unlikely and Solskjaer has speculated about how much playing time he would get on his return. Then again, Solskjaer suggested Pogba might not play before the end of the year on Friday morning. You have to take what he says with a shovel of salt.
Harry Maguire sets United challenge
Harry Maguire has urged United to prove they can beat any side in the division having only taken 12 points against the teams below them this season.
“We know there have been games where we just haven’t been good enough against teams from the bottom half of the table,” he told The Mirror.
“We can’t put our finger on one reason why that is.
“In games against top-half teams we have been brilliant, but against the rest we really need to improve.
“It is something we are working on. It is hard to break down teams who play with a low block and it’s something we will improve on.
“But, yes, we need to win those kinds of games. I have always said that to be successful you have to defeat the teams you are expected to beat.
“It has been tricky winning games where the pressure is all on us to attack and force the issue.
“But to get where we want to be you have to rack up the points against the teams below you – and then beating other clubs in the top six becomes a bonus.”
United squad vs Watford revealed and Paul Pogba is back
Paul Pogba is part of the Manchester United travelling squad for this weekend’s fixture versus Watford after recovering from illness and injury.
The French midfielder was spotted by MEN’s photographers among the United players to board a plane from Manchester Airport’s private terminal on Saturday afternoon. They will stay over in Watford ahead of Sunday’s 2pm kick off against the Hornets.
You can read the full squad story here
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