Watford vs Man United LIVE: Premier League team news, line-ups and more today

The Vicarage Road pitch ahead of Watford vs Liverpool

Manchester United return and the drama surrounding the club is bound to be ramped up as they visit Watford.

Claudio Ranieri’s side will be desperate to grind out a result here in the bid to beat the drop, but nothing short of a victory will do for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he endures intense pressure to save his job.

A humbling 2-0 loss at home to rivals Manchester City in the derby exposed United and demonstrated just how far off the required level they remain. Emile Smith Rowe denied a spirited Watford display at the Emirates, securing a 1-0 win for the Gunners, leaving the Hornets just two points clear of the drop zone.

Solskjaer maintains the pressure coming into the match, with the Red Devils five points off a top-four place and a further four to league leaders Chelsea, can be an advantage: “It’s been a long international break but it’s one that we’ve utilised to our benefit, we feel it’s been a good response from the players and we’re ready for the Watford game. We’ve been through periods like this before. Our away form, we’ve just gone 30-odd games and lost one. Last season we turned it around and went on a run of 20-odd games and one defeat, that’s the kind of run we need to get back. This week we’ve prioritised a few things we have to improve on. Form and performances haven’t been good enough.”

Follow live goal and score updates and build-up from Vicarage Road, including analysis and reaction as the Premier League returns, following the conclusion of Leicester vs Chelsea:


Premier League standings

Chelsea sit at the top of the table and have a six-point lead over Manchester City and West Ham United. West Ham face Wolves in the 3pm kick offs and could cut that back to three before Man City take on Everton tomorrow.

Leicester are languishing in 12th place and could drop even further depending on other results. Brendan Rodgers’ side were booed off the pitch at full-time and need to find some home form soon or else risk getting drawn into a relegation battle.

Full-time: Leicester 0 – 3 Chelsea

90+3 mins: Chelsea move six-points clear of Manchester City and West Ham United at the top of the Premier League. They’ve swept Leicester aside at the King Power Stadium with the bulk of the damage done in the first half. Antonio Rudiger opened the scoring before N’Golo Kante netted a beautiful solo effort to send Chelsea into the break with a two-goal cushion. Leicester had a goal disallowed but offered little else in front of goal.

The Foxes came out fighting after the restart but a third goal, scored by substitute Christian Pulisic, took the wind out of their sails and they suffer yet another Premier League defeat at home.

Leicester 0 – 3 Chelsea

90 mins: Chalobah drives the ball forward before finding Pulisic over on the right side of the pitch. He comes inside and lays the ball to Chilwell on the edge of the box. Chilwell is encouraged to shoot by the Chelsea fans and does so but leans back on his effort and smokes it over high over the crossbar.

Three minutes of added time to play.

Leicester 0 – 3 Chelsea

87 mins: James scores for Chelsea but they have a third goal chalked off! An aerial pass comes over to Chilwell on the left wing but he strays offside before bringing the ball under control. It’s worked into the opposite side of the penalty area where James rolls the ball onto his right foot and guides it into the far bottom corner. It’s a great finish that deserved a goal. Still only 3-0 though.

Leicester 0 – 3 Chelsea

84 mins: Can Leicester get one back? They come close through a James Maddison strike from outside the box. His effort hits Chalobah and takes a big deflection but Mendy leaps across and pushes the ball wide of the right-hand post. Good save from the Chelsea goalkeeper who hasn’t had a great deal to do if truth be told.

Leicester 0 – 3 Chelsea

81 mins: Another goal disallowed! Rudiger gets forward this time and slips a pass into the box for Chilwell who’s drifted into a central area. Chilwell collects the ball and lays it off to Pulisic who slots home a fine finish but the offside flag goes up against Chilwell who was clearly offside this time.

Leicester 0 – 3 Chelsea

78 mins: Leicester’s aggressive start to the second half has withered away and been completely killed off by the third goal. Chelsea are cruising now, they’re heading six points clear at the top of the table.

Watford vs Manchester United: Team news

Watford XI: Foster, Nkoulou, Femenía, Cathcart, Masina, Sarr, Louza, Dennis, Cleverley, Sissoko(c), King

Subs: Troost-Ekong, Fletcher, Gosling, Ngakia, Rose, Bachmann, Cucho Hernández, João Pedro, Tufan

Man United XI: de Gea, Maguire(c), Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Shaw, Bruno Fernandes, Matic, Rashford, Sancho, McTominay, Cristiano Ronaldo

Subs: Diogo Dalot, Fred, Bailly, van de Beek, Mata, Heaton, Martial, Lingard, Telles

Leicester 0 – 3 Chelsea

75 mins: Chelsea have another goal disallowed as Ziyech and Pulisic combine again to take the ball into the box. A deflected shot comes out to Hudson-Odoi who taps it at the back post to score only for the offside flag to go up and chalk it off.

A minor concern for Thomas Tuchel sees Jorginho pull up and hobble off the pitch as he’s replaced with Ruben Loftus-Cheek for the final 15 minutes or so.

Line-ups: Watford vs Manchester United

Kicking off at 3pm Watford take on Manchester United. Here’s a look at the line-ups:

Watford XI: Foster, Louza, King, Cleverly, Masina, Nkoulou, Cathcart, Sissoko, Femenia, Sarr, Dennis

Man Utd: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Matic, Sancho, Fernandes, Rashford, Ronaldo

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