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With one match remaining of the campaign the Red Devils are still second, but they are 19 points behind champions City having scored 38 fewer goals.
It is set to be United’s highest finish and best points and goals tally since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, but the gulf to the Sky Blues is gaping.
Jose Mourinho will be eager that his side end their season with three more points against Watford.
Here are all the details for the Old Trafford fixture:
Date: Sunday, May 13
Time: 3 p.m. BST, 10 a.m. ET
TV Info: USA Network
Live Stream: USA Live TV
United have already secured second spot in the Premier League thanks to their Thursday draw at West Ham United.
Watford, meanwhile, could move into the top 10 with a victory, or even a draw, against the Red Devils.
It is likely the Hornets will be playing a much-changed United side as Mourinho has confirmed he will rest some first-team regulars ahead of the FA Cup final against Chelsea, including No. 1 goalkeeper David de Gea, per the Manchester Evening News‘ Samuel Luckhurst: “I play some players that didn’t play today, I play [Sergio] Romero, I play Daley Blind, I play Eric Bailly, I play [Marcus] Rashford, I play [Anthony] Martial, I play [Juan] Mata.”
It will hardly be a weakened side, though, and Watford are going to have to put in an impressive display to take anything away from Old Trafford.
Javi Gracia’s side go into Sunday’s clash on the back of their first win in eight against Newcastle United last time out.
But their record against United is terrible, per Squawka:
Squawka Football @Squawka
Man United have won 13 of their previous 14 fixtures against Watford in all competitions. @smarkets shows them with a 74.63% chance of another win – https://t.co/5C9oJ66gzU https://t.co/FDLGca7pMV
There will be a suspicion from some that the hosts may not play to 100 per cent on Sunday as they have little left to play for.
However, the likes of Rashford, Martial and Mata will be looking to force their way into the starting XI for the FA Cup final at Wembley on May 19.
Additionally, United will surely be eager to send Michael Carrick off with a victory as the Englishman prepares to hang up his boots after 12 years at the club.
Mourinho confirmed after the goalless draw against the Hammers that the 36-year-old will start against the Hornets, per Marca‘s Chris Winterburn:
Chris Winterburn @cmwinterburn
Mourinho on Carrick, “He will start the last match, Old Trafford, the last match of the PL, our captain in front of our fans. He’ll start against Watford.”
United have enough quality to down Watford, even with a much-changed side, and pass the 80-point mark for the first time in the post-Ferguson era.