One of Manchester United’s worst performances of the season came in a 3-1 defeat at Watford and they will be confident of avenging that on Saturday as they bid to overtake their bitter rivals Liverpool in the table.
But the display at Vicarage Road was probably the most abject because it came as a shock against an average team with goals from Etienne Capoue, Juan Zuniga and a Troy Deeney penalty outweighing a Marcus Rashford effort.
There has to be confidence, however, that United can redress the balance at home to the Hornets even though the tendency to draw home games they should win reared its head again when Hull were the visitors 10 days before this match.
At least Jose Mourinho’s side won decisively against a Leicester side that stank the place out last weekend, and the teams above them are doing their level best to help United to get back into the top four which, along with lifting a cup or maybe even two, is their primary target for this term.
This weekend represents another big chance to improve their prospects because Liverpool host Tottenham in the Saturday evening game and being only one point behind the Merseysiders, United will have high hopes of moving up to fifth.