Manchester United's Ashley Young predicting tough test on return to Watford

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With eight points separating them from the team on top, the Old Trafford outfit will not be rooting for a victory but indeed a triumph with a great margin to separate them from the opposition, in the hopes of bettering the gap between them and Manchester City.

Ashley Young is expecting a hard night when Manchester United face his former club Watford on Tuesday night. 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.

But Lingard responded three minutes later with a remarkable individual effort, making a run that began in United's half and beating a pair of defenders atop the Watford box.

No punishment from the FA for Romelu Lukaku following the "incident" during the Brighton game.

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.

"Of course I love going back there".

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The hosts come into this match having made their joint best-ever start to a top-flight season with 21 points from 13 games, leaving them eighth in the standings and with the prospect of climbing up to sixth should they win tonight.

Despite taking charge of both Hull City and Watford since becoming a Premier League manager in January 2017, Marco Silva has only won four games fewer (12) than Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho (16) in this period.

Meanwhile, Manchester Evening News have reported that three other first-team players have missed the trip to Watford. Only 10 players have scored more goals than this in their opening 200 appearances in the competition, with Alan Shearer (145) leading the way.

After seeing his victor against Brighton on Saturday go down as an own goal, the opener was Young's first league strike since May 2016.

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.