MAN UTD new boy Odion Ighalo could face a reunion with his former club as Watford visit Old Trafford.

The Nigerian spent two and a half years with the Hornets before moving to China and will hope for a first Red Devils start against the Hertfordshire club.

 Odion Ighalo will be hoping to get some minutes against former club Watford


Odion Ighalo will be hoping to get some minutes against former club WatfordCredit: Getty Images – Getty

But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be most concerned with getting a better performance from his side than that seen at Vicarage Road in December when Watford ran out 2-0 winners.

What time does Man Utd vs Watford kick off?

Man Utd vs Watford kicks off at 2pm on Sunday, February 23 – 9am Eastern Time.

The match takes place at Old Trafford.

What TV channel is Man Utd vs Watford on and can I live stream it?

Unfortunately, Man Utd vs Watford is not live on UK television.

The match has been moved to a Sunday afternoon kick-off as a result of United’s participation in the Europa League on Thursday.

Arsenal vs Everton has been chosen as Sky Sports’ Premier League offering tomorrow.

NBC Sports (English) and Telemundo (Spanish) have the Premier League rights in the United States.

US residents can stream the game live without cable with a Hulu free trial, or on Sling Blue.

Team news

Scott McTominay could be available for Man Utd after a two-month lay-off.

But he may not be risked from the start with Nemanja Matic continuing to show impressive form.

Solskjaer said: “I’m not surprised [he’s back so soon] because that’s the type he is.

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“He’s a physical specimen, he’s a leader. He never shirks a tackle and he brings everyone with him.

“He can sit with Nemanja [Matic] and Fred or he could be one of the runners in midfield.

“Talking about that here today, we don’t really make enough runs past the striker. Scott used to be a striker so he’s used to being in the box.”

Solskjaer added that Odion Ighalo’s position in the team could depend on how Mason Greenwood is feeling after missing the trip to Brugge through illness, and whether Anthony Martial has recuperated after starting that match.

He commented: “Everyone says that [players raise their game] against their old team when they score, but there are also many games when you don’t score.

“Odion is getting more and more minutes, but [whether he starts] depends on Mason as well of course, and how Anthony [Martial] is [after playing on Thursday].”

Visitors Watford will have not one, but two key men back for the trip to Old Trafford.

Record signing Ismaila Sarr, who scored the opener when the sides met at Vicarage Road, is back from a hamstring injury.

And Kiko Femenia will be expected to slot in at right-back after stand-in Adrian Mariappa scored an own goal in the 1-1 draw at Brighton.

Latest odds

Man Utd 3/5

Draw 14/5

Watford 24/5

Both teams to score 10/11

*Latest odds from Ladbrokes correct at time of publication

What they said

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “It’s a chance for us, a chance for the boys.

“We’ve given many of them a rest so they should be fresh and ready for that game.

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“The boys know that we cannot have too many slip-ups if we are going to challenge for the top four.

“That’s what we want to do because you can’t just rely on the Europa League as the way into Champions League, because at any point you can have a bad refereeing decision or a mistake can happen.

“The league is a priority. We need to get this momentum going.”

Nigel Pearson can become only the fourth English manager ever to do a Premier League double over Man Utd.

But in response, he said: “Winning games is important and it’s really as simple as that.

“We’re going to try and go into this game to win it. Those types of facts, statistics, do they motivate me? Not particularly, if I’m honest.

“What motivates me is trying to help the football club to get ourselves out of the situation that we’re in.

“Now clearly we need to win games to do that, so it would be great to do it, but it’s not a driver for me, those types of potential statistics.

“We’re realistic about the situation that we’re in, we’re aware that we as a club need to start getting back to winning ways.”



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