Three questions for Manchester United ahead of Watford trip

Manchester United kept their unbeaten run going and cruised into the semi-finals of the EFL Cup last night.

A 3-0 win over League Two outfit Colchester United moved silverware closer into sight but it’s back to Premier League action on Sunday.

A trip to bottom club Watford awaits as United look to shake the issues which have plagued them against the lesser sides in the Premier League this season.

We’ve come up with three questions facing United ahead of the trip to Vicarage Road.

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Can United keep a clean sheet?

United are on a run of 12 league matches without a clean sheet, their worst record since 1971.

That is a real issue for a side who haven’t scored freely this season either and that run needs to come to an end fast.

A game against the basement boys of the division provides as good an opportunity as any to break the streak.

United have some winnable games over Christmas but that defensive record has to improve to do so.

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Can Martial go on a run?

Anthony Martial rounded off the scoring last night but it was only his second goal in domestic football since October.

His return to the side has allowed Marcus Rashford to return to the left and wreck havoc but Martial hasn’t been finding the net with regularity.

But with the games coming thick and fast, Martial could do with getting on a scoring run to ease the burden on Martial and get his confidence up.

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Will we seize chance to pressure rivals?

United have lost just once against Watford since 1986, a 3-1 defeat during Jose Mourinho’s reign in 2016.

The Reds have won every single other meeting between the sides in that time, 16 out of 17 games.

With the two sides directly above United, Tottenham and Chelsea, playing later on Sunday, Solskjaer’s side have a chance to ramp up the pressure.

The Blues are four points ahead of us heading into the fixture and have lost their last three league games.

Keeping our impressive run against Watford going would certainly put the pressure on, and with one of Spurs and Chelsea guaranteed to drop points, possibly both, this could be a productive weekend.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.