Players who have played for Manchester United and Watford amid Daniel Bachmann links

Manchester United’s first signing of the summer transfer window could be Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano reports talks are ongoing with the Austria international about a move to Old Trafford.

With Dean Henderson closing in on a season-long loan move to Nottingham Forest, Erik ten Hag seemingly wants Bachmann to replace the one-time England international to ensure he has sufficient back up to David de Gea.

The 27-year-old, who has 13 caps for the Austrian national side, played 12 times in the Premier League last season with Ben Foster being the Hornets’ number one.

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Henderson didn’t feature for United at all in the Premier League last season and Bachmann will likely be competing with Tom Heaton for game time in the cup competitions and possibly even in the Europa League.

With the former Stoke City stopper potentially heading to the Theatre of Dreams this summer, United in Focus takes a look at the players who have played for Manchester United and Watford.

Players who have played for Manchester United and Watford

Joshua King

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The Norwegian international only made two appearances for the United first team, but it was under Eddie Howe at Bournemouth where the forward produced his best football.

In January 2020, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer failed in an attempt to re-sign King from the Cherries after he scored 28 goals across the last two Premier League campaigns.

After failing to score for Everton following his move to Goodison Park in February 2021, King joined Watford last summer, scoring five goals, which included a hat-trick against the Toffees.

The 30-year-old is on the lookout for a new club after leaving the Hornets.

Ashley Young

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A product of the Watford Academy, the versatile Young made 110 appearances for the Hornets, scoring 22 goals before being signed by Aston Villa in 2011.

Young’s form for the Villains caught the attention of Sir Alex Ferguson and the Red Devils paid £17m to bring the England international to M16.

Young won the Premier League title in Sir Alex’s final season at the helm, scoring some big goals as he cut inside off the left-hand side.

As his career wore on, Young developed into a full-back and he won the Scudetto under Antonio Conte with Inter Milan. The 36-year-old returned to Villa Park last summer on a one-year contract and he’s currently in talks with the club to extend his deal.

Ben Foster

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Following his move to Old Trafford from Stoke City, Foster spent two seasons on loan at Vicarage Road before returning to the Reds and going on to make 23 first team appearances.

After a season with Birmingham City, Foster was a West Brom player for seven years before re-joining Watford in the summer of 2018.

The 39-year-old, who received eight caps for England, is a free agent this summer after a further four campaigns with the Hornets who are now managed by former Forest Green Rovers boss Rob Edwards.

Tom Cleverley

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Similar to Foster, Cleverley had a loan spell with the Hornets before making his Manchester United breakthrough. In the 2010-11 Championship campaign, the midfielder scored 11 goals and laid on five assists from 33 matches.

After a season-long loan in the Premier League with Wigan Athletic, Cleverley started United’s first four Premier League games of the 2011-12 season before getting injured away at Bolton.

The Manchester United academy graduate would only make one further league start that season. The 13-time England international played 79 times for the twenty-time league champions, but he played just once under Louis van Gaal before being sent to Aston Villa on loan.

Cleverley would join Everton on a permanent deal in the summer of 2015 before re-joining Watford on an initial loan deal, which was later made permanent, in January 2017.

The 32-year-old will be hoping to fire Watford back up to the Premier League at the first time of asking, following last season’s relegation.

Danny Welbeck

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After a loan spell in the Premier League with Sunderland, Welbeck partnered Wayne Rooney upfront for the majority of the 2011-12 campaign which saw Manchester City snatch the trophy from us in the dying seconds of the season.

Welbeck’s involvement reduced the following season due to the blockbuster arrival of Robin van Persie.

From 142 games for the Reds, Welbeck scored 29 goals and supplied 21 assists before moving to Arsenal in the summer of 2014 after Van Gaal had took over at Old Trafford.

After five seasons at the Emirates, Welbeck, who has an impressive 16 goals from 42 games for England, joined Watford on a free transfer.

The 31-year-old spent just one season at Vicarage Road which brought three goals before moving to Brighton & Hove Albion. And after making 51 appearances for the Seagulls, scoring 12 goals, Welbeck is expected to continue his stay on the south coast.

Odion Ighalo

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After scoring 20 goals in the Championship which helped fire Watford back up to the Premier League, the Hornets made the Nigerian’s loan move from Udinese permanent.

Ighalo didn’t disappoint and scored 16 goals in his first season in the top-flight, but despite netting just one league goal from 18 appearances the following campaign, Chinese Super League side CC Yatai splashed the cash to land the African forward.

With 46 goals from 72 games in the Chinese league, Ighalo joined Manchester United on loan in January 2020 and went on to make 23 appearances for the Reds under Solskjaer, scoring five goals.

The Super Eagles striker is currently flourishing in Saudi Arabia where he has scored 31 goals from 42 league games.

James Garner

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The talented England Under-21 international, who will be hoping to impress Erik ten Hag when he returns for pre-season this summer, joined Watford on loan in September 2020.

The temporary move to Hertfordshire was Garner’s first loan move in senior football and while he made 12 league starts under Vladimir Ivic, it became clear that he didn’t form a part of Xisco Munoz’s plans who replaced the Serbian in the Watford hot seat.

After playing just 40 minutes of football under Munoz across five matches, Garner was recalled from his season-long loan in January 2021 and would join Nottingham Forest the following day.

After impressing at the City Ground, Garner returned to the River Trent last summer and he played an influential part in guiding Forest back up to the big time for the first time in 23 years.

Other players who have played for Manchester United and Watford

  • Danny Webber
  • Tomasz Kuszczak
  • Reece Brown
  • Jimmy Davis
  • Craig Cathcart
  • Danny Drinkwater
  • Ashley Fletcher
  • Chris Eagles
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