Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marouane Fellaini miss Manchester United train down to Watford

Manchester United narrows Man City's lead to five points after thumping Watford 4-2

Leading 3 - 0 at half-time, thanks to a delicious brace from Ashley Young and yet another from in-form Anthony Martial, fans smelled a drubbing for the home side and were quick to gloat online.

As is often the case with Jose Mourinho and short turnarounds, there could be a number of changes from the side which saw off Brighton, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic primed for a first start since April.

"They are doing well in the league so we know it is going to be another tough game".

The versatile wing-back was deployed on the left flank for their trip to Vicarage Road.

A fine solo strike from Jesse Lingard assured United of victory and three points which could prove vital come the end of the season.

The absence of Fellaini, in particular, is baffling, with the Manchester United boss hailing him to be one of the most important player's in his squad, despite his contract standoff with the club.

After two successive away defeats, it was a timely win for Jose Mourinho's United, who visit Arsenal on Saturday, and gives City food for thought ahead of their meeting with Southampton on Wednesday.

Manchester United narrows Man City's lead to five points after thumping Watford 4-2
The French international made no mistake when played through by Romelu Lukaku in the 32nd minute on Tuesday night

Manchester United are eight points behind league leaders Manchester City and are aware there is little room for error for them in the title race ahead of the Manchester derby next month.

The last Watford goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet against Manchester United in a competitive fixture was Tony Coton; in a 1-0 win back in September 1986 at Vicarage Road.

United slowly grew into the game, although they struggled to link up with Romelu Lukaku.

Watford's 21-point tally from 13 games is their joint top-flight record at this stage of a season, tied with their best-ever league campaign; when they finished 2nd in the 1982-83 season (also 21 points after 13 games).

Meanwhile, Manchester Evening News have reported that three other first-team players have missed the trip to Watford.

Manchester United travel to Hertfordshire to take on eighth-place Watford on Tuesday.

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