Watford v Man Utd - Sunday 12:00, BT Sport 1
Watford will be on a high after their spectacular comeback against West Ham from two goals down. However, West Ham’s defence has already shipped nine goals in the league this season and Man Utd’s will be less generous. The Red Devils (and in particular Daley Blind) were torn apart by Man City but Pep Guardiola has far better tools at his disposal than Walter Mazzarri. Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo are the obvious source of goals for Watford, but Etienne Capoue has already scored three in four games and can be backed to score anytime at a juicy 15.0.
Jose Mourinho played a dangerous game in criticising his own players after the Manchester Derby, even substituting Henrikh Mkhitaryan at half-time on his debut start. The same tactic didn’t go down so well with his players at Chelsea, but at this early stage of the season there is plenty of time for Man Utd to recover.
Utd’s squad depth allowed the Special One to ring the changes in the Europa League and Man Utd ought to have the quality to see off Watford here without fatigue being an issue, having won their previous nine encounters with the Hornets. Both teams have scored in eight of Watford’s last nine matches, and so we’re backing Man Utd to win and both teams to score at 3.7.
Fans were critical of Paul Pogba’s lack of discipline in the derby, with the Frenchman often drifting to the left and leaving Marouane Fellaini alone in the centre where he was duly bypassed. It was reminiscent of the kind of criticism Yaya Toure received for Man City as a forward driving player in a deeper role. Perhaps Mourinho will decide playing Pogba in such a role against the big teams isn’t the way forward, but against the like of Watford his ability to carry the ball into attack will outweigh the defensive slips.