Manchester United’s rotation against Club Brugge means a near full strength XI should be available to face Watford this weekend.

United have a big opportunity to build momentum with a win over Watford on Sunday, with rivals Chelsea and Tottenham facing off against each other on Saturday.

We enter the weekend in seventh place and could climb to fourth or fifth if results go our way.

Opponents Watford are not to be underestimated after they beat us 2-0 at Vicarage Road in December.

Who will United start?

Midweek rotation means Bruno Fernandes will come back into the starting XI, as will Fred, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and David de Gea.


Another player who will be desperate to play a part is Odion Ighalo who will be going up against his former club.

Ighalo played half an hour against Brugge and while he is still working his way to full fitness, this is a good opportunity to start him up alongside Anthony Martial and start to develop a partnership.

This would mean United continuing with the 3-4-1-2 formation which served well against Chelsea, but with Ighalo instead of Dan James.

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A possible return and injury concerns

Eric Bailly was so impressive against Chelsea but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told BT Sport’s live pre-game coverage on Thursday night that the centre-back had picked up a knock in the win.

He becomes a doubt for this fixture especially considering his long-standing injury record and there is no need for United to rush him.

Mason Greenwood missed the midweek trip to Belgium with illness and his best case scenario against the Hornets on Sunday is only a bench role.

One player who could possibly return in midfield is Scott McTominay.

It is a big ask to expect Nemanja Matic to play three times in a week and then also start next Thursday against Brugge and Everton days after that.

United need to start mixing McTominay in and this is a good opportunity for the Scotland international to make his comeback.

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