Watford-Manchester United Preview

As Manchester United resigned themselves to the idea that star Marcus Rashford might be lost for the season, there's still a current unbeaten run over all competitions to fuel them for the moment.

United aim to go six straight overall matches without a defeat on Sunday at Old Trafford, when they play their third match of the week looking to avenge an earlier loss to relegation-zone dweller Watford.

The bad news for Manchester United (10-8-8) at the moment is that the back injury to star forward Rashford (19 goals over all competitions) is not healing as quickly as hoped. Not only is he in danger of missing the rest of the Premier League season, but Rashford's service for England during Euro 2020 may also be in doubt.

In the meantime, the Red Devils focus is to move on in both the Europa League, in which they played Club Brugge to a 1-1 draw on Thursday, the FA Cup, and into the top four of the Premier League. The latter being the focus at the moment.

Especially since Man United fell 2-0 art Watford on Dec. 22, when Ismaila Sarr and Troy Deeney scored four minutes apart early in the second half. A loss that still seems to burn inside manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

"That was a very disappointing game," the gaffer told United's official website. "We should have won that one. We gifted their two goals and we had chances to put away ourselves. But, you can't win games if you don't take chances."

Without Rashford, United could turn to Anthony Martial (14 goals over all competitions) or Mason Greenwood (10 goals over all competitions) to take those chances. The latter is dealing with an illness, so his availability remains in question.

Though United won 2-0 at Chelsea on Monday, it will try to avoid going scoreless in a third consecutive Premier League game at Old Trafford for the first time since the 2001-02 season.

Watford (5-9-12), meanwhile, have been outscored 14-2 whilst losing all six visits to the Theatre of Dreams during the Premier League era. The Hornets sit in the middle of the drop zone after going 0-2-2 following a three-game league winning streak that was part of a 4-1-0 stretch.

Abdoulaye Doucoure scored in the 19th minute against Brighton & Hove Albion on Feb. 8, but an Adrian Mariappa own goal in the 78th left Watford with a 1-1 draw in their most recent league contest.

Still, the Hornets seem poised they will be able to find ways to earn points and save their season.

"I think our team isn't going to fight just to stay up," forward Ignacio Pussetto told Watford's official website. "I think we are going to be in a much better position than we are right now at the end of the season.

"We have to find a way out of the situation we are in, and find a way out as quickly as possible. We have to keep calm."

Doucoure has scored three of his four Premier League goals this season over his last six contests.

Updated February 21, 2020

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