Manchester United are set to welcome Rooney, Shaw and Valencia back into the starting lineup as Jose Mourinho aims to avoid a third successive defeat.
The manager would be without the services of Henrikh Mkhitaryan who is likely to miss this weekend’s match with a thigh problem. Phil Jones is reportedly out for a month while Eric Bailly will face a late fitness test after picking up a knock against Feyenoord.
Meanwhile, Jose would also have the likes of Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia with the trio not a part of the traveling squad that fell to a 1-0 defeat to Feyenoord. Mourinho would be looking towards his players for a reaction at Vicarage Road in response to the humiliating loss suffered at the hands of Feyenoord and it is likely that Pogba will earn another start as he continues his quest to acclimatise himself with the Premier League.
Bailly should start if fit, but there is uncertainty around who shall actually partner the Ivory Coast international. Mourinho has slowly eased Smalling into the lineup and the English international looked good as he started in the Feyenoord match. Blind’s weakness was highlighted in the derby as he gifted De Bruyne the first goal of the match and Mourinho could very well choose to start Smalling, who was arguably the most consistent performer last season for the Red Devils.
At Watford’s end, Stefane Okaka is nursing a hamstring injury he picked up last weekend against West Ham on his club debut and is the guaranteed to miss out. Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Prodl also received knocks in the same game but are included in the matchday squad and their selection is likely to be down to the results of a late fitness test.