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Manchester United v Watford

29th March 2019, 12:49 by Warren Ashurst

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will take charge of his first game as permanent Man Utd manager when the Red Devils face Watford on Saturday.

It was revealed on Thursday that the Norwegian had been handed a three-year contract by the Old Trafford board after an impressive run during his time as interim manager.

Solskjaer has led United to 14 wins, two draws and three defeats during his 19 games in charge, during which time his team have scored 40 goals and conceded just 17. The new boss has called on his players to go on and clinch a top-four place, starting with a win over Watford.

The hosts will be forced to make late decisions on seven first-team players, with Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic, Anthony Martial, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly missing games for their countries.

United will have Antonio Valencia back in contention after injury, while Ashley Young returns to the squad after suspension and could face his former club.

Meanwhile, Watford head to Old Trafford looking to avoid a third straight away defeat in the league. However, they have lost their last four meetings with United, including a 2-1 home defeat in September.

Javi Gracia has been boosted by the news that Jose Holebas has recovered from injury and is available for selection, but Tom Cleverley will miss the game against his former club due to a calf problem.

Gracia is expected to pick between Domingos Quina - who played for Portugal Under-20s this week - or Nathaniel Chalobah to replace Cleverley in midfield.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Warren Ashurst is senior member of the team and has been working as a journalist for over 20 years. A massive football fan, he also has a depth of knowledge on golf, tennis, cricket and rugby.

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