Marouane Fellaini OUT of Man Utd clash at Watford - journalist

Watford, meanwhile, has won its last two matches and is up to eighth place in the Premier League, with in-demand manager Marcos Silva steering one of the surprise packages of the Premier League season thus far.

"So for United to go to Watford and turn up expecting a result, it's a very hard game for United". Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who returned from a long-term injury a week ago, is pushing to start, but the availability of Lukaku could rule out any possibility of that occurring.

Defenders Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are out for United. That could mean a change in role for Romelu Lukaku, who has shifted to a wide position in the last few fixtures following the Swede's entrance as a substitute.

They have a tough away trip to Arsenal next weekend, but Dublin believes facing Watford at Vicarage Road tonight will be equally problematic, if not more so because of the way Marco Silva's team have been playing.

They're one of the worst defensive teams in the league and haven't shown much of an inclination or ability to stop teams. The Younes Kaboul (hamstring), Craig Cathcart (knee), Tommie Hoban (ACL), Isaac Success and Nathaniel Chalobah (both knee) are all on the sidelines and set to miss the tie.

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"I cannot say right now whether United can go to Watford and beat them comfortably".

Watford's 21-point tally from 13 games is their joint top-flight record at this stage of a season, tied with their best-ever league campaign; when they finished 2nd in the 1982-83 season (also 21 points after 13 games).

With City not in action until Wednesday evening, Jose Mourinho's side had a chance to put some pressure on the title favourites and did so as they eventually ran out 4-2 winners in Hertfordshire.

Lukaku scored seven goals in his first seven Premier League games for Manchester United, converting 23% of his shots.

The match at Vicarage Road kicks off at 20:00GMT on Tuesday, with live coverage in the United Kingdom on BT Sport 1 beginning at 19:15.

  • Tabitha Byrd