“When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east,” said Mirri Maz Duur. “When the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves. Then, will Manchester United no longer be in sixth place in the Premier League table.” So it was foretold in prophecy, but United have the chance to defy destiny and climb as high as fifth (maybe even fourth if Arsenal manage to really out-Arsenal themselves) with a win against Watford on Saturday.
In the reverse fixture, the Red Devils were swatted aside 3-1 by the Hornets. In the aftermath, José Mourinho pointed the finger at everyone but himself, but the defeat proved to be an instructive one. A change of system soon followed, and United have lost just once in the league since.
Watford will themselves be looking to secure their third consecutive league victory, and will be buoyed by their recent defeat of perennial title-botherers Arsenal. Former United youth product and midfield finger-pointer Tom Cleverley has slotted impressively into Walter Mazzarri’s side, and fellow January addition M’Baye Niang will be one to watch.
HOW TO WATCH
When: 15:00 UK time, 10:00 Eastern, 07:00 Pacific
Where: Old Trafford, Manchester
Television: Those in the USA can catch the action on NBCSN and NBC Universo. In the UK, radio coverage on BBC Radio 5 Live will have to do. For the rest of the world, LiveSoccerTV has you covered.
Streaming: NBC Sports Live and Telemundo Deportes En Vivo in the USA.
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