Man United predicted XI vs Watford: No Rooney or Martial leaves LVG short up front

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Manchester United are facing somewhat of a striker crisis for this weekend’s meeting with Watford, as both Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial have been declared out of action.

Manager Louis van Gaal confirmed on Friday that Rooney is suffering from illness and is in no fit state to take to the pitch, while Martial picked up a foot injury during Tuesday night’s friendly with England at Wembley.

With that in mind, United will need to undergo a dramatic reshuffle to take on The Hornets with a few youngsters and a few out of form senior members being drafted in.

See how we think they’ll line up below.

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David de Gea Man Utd

GK: David de Gea

Continuing where he left off with no problems.

Ashley Young Man United

LB: Ashley Young

Making his return to Watford for the first time since leaving albeit a little further back than when he left.

Chris Smalling Manchester United

CBs: Chris Smalling & Daley Blind

The pair have been performing well together recently so there will be no need to break them up.

Matteo Darmian

RB: Mateo Darmian

The classy Italian has faltered slightly recently, but this will be the opportune time for him to step into the fore once again.

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