22 December 2019 20:40

Paul Pogba travels with the Manchester United squad to London for Sunday's Premier League clash against Watford.

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Manchester United take on Watford in the Premier League aiming to continue their recent upturn in form. The Red Devils have won four of their last five matches across all competitions, drawing against Everton but overcoming Tottenham, Manchester City, AZ Alkmaar and Colchester. And they've taken a strong squad for today's game against Watford. Pogba is in line to feature, despite the France international continuing to be linked with a move to Real Madrid. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted he still wants to keep Pogba, saying before today's match: "He is not being sold in January.

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Manchester United's push for the top four in the Premier League suffered a huge blow Sunday afternoon as they were beaten 2-0 by Watford at Vicarage Road. The underwhelming visitors couldn't really break through the relegation strugglers in the first half, and it didn't take long for the Hornets to take the lead in the second, Ismaila Sarr opening the scoring following a poor mistake from David De Gea. Troy Deeney made it two within a matter of minutes after Aaron Wan-Bissaka gave away a poor penalty on a dreadful day for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men. There were occasions when United strung together some nice passes in and around the box, and whenever they were able to calm things down and play it simple, Watford seemed to get a bit more frustrated which drew them into fouls. They largely played the possession game well, too, which opened up the game more and gave them room to try and build up from the back. There was a real lethargic atmosphere throughout the core of the squad which was evident from the first minute until the very last, and when it came to tracking opponents, it was like watching a League Two team attempting to compete with a top flight side.

5--Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stuck to his guns with the lineup, trusting players whom he believes could guide United toward a brighter future. As a result of the 4-2-3-1 formation, United really struggled to break down the flanks and stretch the game, and as the minutes ticked by, both the substitutions and leadership abilities of the Norwegian came into question. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating) GK David De Gea, 4--Had a few bright moments in the first half but that all came crashing down when he made a huge blunder for the first goal. DF Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 4--Left way too much space down that right side and gave away a really silly penalty in what was probably his worst Manchester United performance yet. DF Harry Maguire, 5--Feels like he's a step or two off the pace of the game at all times.

MF Scott McTominay, 5--Was all over the place in terms of his positional play, and whenever he was on the ball, he was incredibly cheap in giving the ball away. David De Gea's brutal error allowed Watford to open the scoring just after half-time. MF Fred, 6--Plays the hot-and-cold game every week, going from looking solid one week to looking like he's completely out of his depth the next. MF Daniel James, 5--Barely heard his name mentioned throughout the game and went missing in key positions when United needed him the most. MF Jesse Lingard, 4--Fell victim to several challenges under pressure and missed United's best chance of the game with sloppy play. MF Paul Pogba, 6--Pieced things together in the middle of the park more so than most of the Red Devils and had one chance that was well-saved by Ben Foster. Paul Pogba travels with the Manchester United squad to London for Sunday's Premier League clash against Watford. Paul Pogba has travelled with the Manchester United squad for Sunday's clash with Watford. The France international has not turned out for the Red Devils since the end of September, having struggled to overcome an ankle injury over the last three months. However, the Manchester Evening News pictured the midfielder among the United players to board a plane from Manchester on Saturday ahead of the clash at Vicarage Road. Pogba's inclusion in the 18-man squad for the Premier League clash is still up in the air, but the 26-year-old's presence suggests that he is in the thinking of head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Fred and Scott McTominay have emerged as the club's midfield partnership in Pogba's absence, with Nemanja Matic struggling with injury and loss of form this season. United are currently eighth in the Premier League table, four points off fourth-placed Chelsea.