WATFORD manager Javi Gracia has played down suggestions tomorrow’s visitors Manchester United are in crisis.
With four wins from four games, the Hornets are buzzing in third place, joint-top with Liverpool and Chelsea, having beaten Tottenham before the international break.
United, meanwhile, have lost two of their four matches and boss Jose Mourinho is embattled ahead of the Premier League clash at Vicarage Road.
But opposite number Gracia said: ‘I don’t understand that word ‘‘crisis’’. I don’t know if they are in crisis. I only know they have a very good squad and they can choose different players, most of them internationals.
‘I’m sure they play with 11 very good players and it will be very hard for us.
‘But at this moment, playing at home, we feel we have the confidence to compete and to try to get points.
‘The results help us to feel we can do it but I know it’s only the feeling, because you have to do many things to win.’
Everything’s have been running like clockwork for Watford during their flying start and captain Troy Deeney has revealed Gracia has no time for tardiness, with players fined £100 per minute for being late for training.
Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure was linked with a move to United last season but signed a new contract until 2023 in the summer, and he said: ‘I was always focused on Watford.
‘I’m very happy to have my new deal. I don’t think all the speculation was true.’
Tom Cleverley (Achilles) and Gerard Deulofeu (groin) are the only injury absentees for the home side ahead of the fixture.
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