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BETTING PREVIEW: MANCHESTER UNITED vs WATFORD

There is another opportunity for Manchester United to continue building newfound momentum when they host Premier League strugglers Watford this Saturday.

Although United started the new year with a shock loss to Wolves on 3 January, Ralf Rangnick’s charges have since strung together a seven-match unbeaten run in the league.

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It’s been enough to see the Red Devils firmly place themselves in fourth place on the table, and although some of the chasing teams do have games in hand, United will only be focused on controlling their own destiny.

As it stands, United increasingly look well placed to push on and finish the season in a coveted Champions League qualifying berth, and this weekend’s clash against relegation-threatened Watford is an ideal opportunity to extend their unbeaten streak.

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Rangnick’s team do have the rather significant challenge of facing Atletico Madrid in a Round of 16 Champions League first leg clash on Wednesday, but all attention will then shift back to the Premier League.

In some good news on the injury front for United, Uruguay international Edinson Cavani should be available after recovering from a groin injury, while Eric Bailly is also back in training after returning from the Africa Cup of Nations with an ankle strain.

The Red Devils will head into the match against Watford on the back of a 4-2 away win against Leeds, and Rangnick has suggested the team is drawing closer and closer together.

“That was the best possible answer the team could give,” he commented in reference to continued reports that the dressing room had become divided. “It was perfect with regard to maturity, unity and the best reply that they could give to some articles last week that there was some disruption in the locker room.

“I think a game like this one you can only win as a (united) team and with the mentality of a team and this was, apart from the three points, the most important thing.”

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