Manchester United XI vs Watford: Confirmed early team news, predicted lineup and latest FA Cup injury list – Evening Standard

Manchester United XI vs Watford: Confirmed early team news, predicted lineup and latest FA Cup injury list – Evening Standard

Donny van de Beek should get a rare start, along with the likes of Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Axel Tuanzebe, Dan James and Mason Greenwood – though Edinson Cavani is serving the final game of his three-match ban, and Facundo Pellistri is self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19.

“Both of them have contracts until the summer and they’re not going to be extended,” the Norwegian said. “We’re looking for them to find clubs.

“Marcos has been given time to go home, so he’s still in Argentina. Sergio has been back home as well to see his family but he’s back in England now.

“But they’re professionals, they’re working hard and they’re ready if they’re called in for us. I’m sure they’re ready.”

Odion Ighalo is among the squad members that will be utilised in Saturday’s match against his former club Watford.

The 31-year-old lifelong United fan made an impressive impact after his surprise loan switch from Shanghai Shenhua last February.

Ighalo’s loan deal was extended over the summer until January 31, 2021 but the Nigeria international has been restricted to just four appearances in all competitions this term.

“It’s special for him against Watford,” Solskjaer said. “He will be involved. He’s in the squad, he’s been training really well.

“It’s been difficult for him to be out of the squad as many times (as he has), of course, because he did really well up until the summer.

“This season he’s not had as many opportunities but he’s never let himself down as a professional and a human being. Hopefully I don’t need to put him on, that we need goals, but hopefully he can join in.”

Manchester United predicted XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Tuanzebe, Bailly, Maguire, Telles; Matic, Van de Beek; Greenwood, Mata, James; Rashford

Additional reporting by PA.