Manchester United will look to continue their undefeated streak as they welcome Watford to Old Trafford this weekend.
The Red Devils have won all three previous home league matches against Walter Mazzari’s side and they will look to avenge the away defeat at Vicarage Road in September. If they lose this one, United will gift Watford the honour of being only the ninth team to do a league double over them in the Premier League era.
Jose Mourinho will surely not want to be the manager who gifts this prize away to a team that does not even have any title ambitions. United’s own title ambitions, of course have been put to rest for this season with Chelsea the runaway leaders too far from United’s sixth position to catch.
Walter Mazzarri’s side have had some joy in recent weeks when they beat Arsenal and then Burnley at home. Troy Deeney has as always been central to the wins with the team surely gathering confidence to go on a run to move up from their 10th position.
Troy Deeney has scored in each of his last three Premier League matches so the threat for United is pretty clear. The Watford defence also faces a formidable duo in the form of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who have created 27 chances for one another in the Premier League this season - the most of any duo in the league this season.
Mourinho’s side have been stuck in a rut for quite a while now, with the sixth position almost becoming their adopted home. Their recent form has not helped matters with three draws thrown in between the two wins that they managed in their last five games. Watford also have a similar record with two wins, two draws and a loss in their past five.
Walter Mazzarri will be hoping for a miracle this weekend and if the rest of the top six are to breathe a sigh of relief, the wish better come true.