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Man Utd team news: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Watford

14:15 IST 13/05/2018
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Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Sunday

Manchester United draw their Premier League season to a close when they entertain Watford on Sunday, with both sides having already achieved their objectives.

United are firmly ensconced in second place, while the Hornets have long been safe from relegation danger, and there is bound to be a typical end-of-season feel to the match as United's fans wave goodbye to Michael Carrick the player.

The former England midfielder will play his final game at Old Trafford before retiring to become a United coach, with his 316th and final Premier League appearance coming in front of his home fans at the Theatre of Dreams.

There will be FA Cup final spots for the United players to play for too, with the visit of Watford coming just six days before the showpiece at Wembley against Chelsea.

Man Utd Injuries

Romelu Lukaku's foot problem remains United's major worry and Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he and countryman Marouane Fellaini are both unavailable for the clash with Watford.

Other than those two, all changes will be as a result of the manager's desire to keep players fresh ahead of the FA Cup final.

Man Utd Suspensions

Neither side has disciplinary issues going into the final game, but United will be keen not to have anyone ruled out of the FA Cup final by receiving a red card in what is a dead-rubber fixture.

Confirmed Man Utd Starting Line-Up

Mourinho had already revealed that he would again make a number of changes after bringing in eight fresh faces for the 0-0 draw with West Ham on Thursday.

"I will play some players that didn’t play against West Ham," he revealed. "I play Romero, I play Daley Blind, I play Bailly, I play Rashford, I play Martial, I play Mata, but I have every player apart from Fellaini and Lukaku available and I don’t go to the young players.”

However, the big talking point at 2pm UK time was the absence of Anthony Martial, whose future at Old Trafford surely looks bleak ahead of a summer where he's expected to be sold. The club have claimed he was omitted due to injury.

Alexis Sanchez is the biggest hitter in the Red Devils' starting line-up, while Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard offer alternatives from the bench. Blind, Carrick and Scott McTominay fill the three-man midfield.

Confirmed Man Utd line-up vs Watford: Romero; Darmian, Bailly, Rojo, Young; Blind, Carrick, McTominay; Mata, Sanchez, Rashford.

Watford Team News

The Hornets have gone largely under the radar this season, having started the season well enough to always be some distance away from relegation danger.

Since sacking Marco Silva in January, Watford have enjoyed a mini revival but then also a significant slump. They won three and lost only one of Javi Gracia's first five Premier League games in charge, but last Saturday's 2-1 win over Newcastle was their first win in nine matches since that early run of positivity.

Richarlison has been a runaway success in his first season in the English game, even drawing some links with a possible approach by United, but the fact that midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure is the Hornets' top scorer with seven goals says much about the team's overall lack of a cutting edge in the final third.

TV Channel & Kick-off time

The match at Old Trafford kicks off at 15:00 GMT on Sunday, with no live coverage available in the UK as Sky Sports instead screen fixtures in which there is still something at stake.

Best Opta Match facts

  • Manchester United have won 13 of their last 14 meetings in all competitions with Watford, losing only at Vicarage Road in September 2016 (1-3).

  • Watford have never won in 10 top-flight visits to Old Trafford (D2 L8), losing each of their last six in a row.

  • The Red Devils have won more final games in a Premier League campaign than any other side (17), losing only against Spurs in 2000-01 and West Ham in 2006-07.

  • The Hornets have failed to score in their last eight away games in all competitions, since Andre Gray’s goal at the Etihad on January 2nd. Only once in their history have they had a longer run of away games without a goal (10 between April and September 1972).

  • This will be the 500th Premier League game at Old Trafford – the ground has seen more goals than any other in the competition (1406).

  • Alexis Sanchez has had a hand in six goals in his four Premier League games against Watford (3 goals, 3 assists).

  • Troy Deeney has scored three Premier League goals against Manchester United, all from the penalty spot. Only Steven Gerrard (4) has scored more spot-kicks against the Red Devils in the competition.