Manchester United headed into the international break in a perilous position after bruising home defeats against Manchester City and Liverpool.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can count himself extremely fortunate to still be the manager after a torrid run of form that has seen the Red Devils pick up just two wins in their last ten.
Solskjaer and his men took a prolonged break over the international period with the Norwegian heading back to Norway to take some time to reflect.
It appears Solskjaer is on borrowed time as United manager with the next three games being vital to his managerial future. The Reds have to pick up maximum points on Saturday afternoon against the Hornets.
Solskjaer’s side have to put a winning run together with key games against Chelsea and Arsenal on the horizon. United currently sit sixth and are four points behind fourth placed Liverpool.
As for Watford, they sit just above the relegation places in 17th and have managed just one victory in their last six league fixtures.
Saturday afternoon will be pivotal for United to get back on track and boost the confidence of the squad which seems at an all time low.
In terms of team news, both sides will be without key players on Saturday in what will be a very important fixture for both clubs.
Watford will be without Ken Sema, Christian Kabasele, Kwadwo Baah and Peter Etebo due to injury. They will also be without summer signing Juraj Kucka because of a suspension that he picked up in the Hornets’ previous defeat against Arsenal.
United will be without Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane who are ruled out through injury. Scott McTominay, Edinson Cavani and Luke Shaw also remain doubtful for the fixture.
Both sides are struggling for form, with Watford only winning three games all season and losing last time out against Arsenal.
Only Newcastle United and Aston Villa have worse current form than United with the Reds only winning once in their last six league games.
Saturday’s 3pm kick off could see United start to pick up some form ahead of a crucial encounter with Villarreal in the Champions League and a win for the Hornets would be vital in their bid to remain in the Premier League.