GOOD EVENING FROM OLD TRAFFORD
Welcome to our live coverage of the FA Cup third round fixture between Manchester United and Watford.
Traditionally one of the most eye-catching days in the football calendar, round three of this season’s FA Cup may not arrive with its usual fanfare.
Yet even without supporters inside stadiums, there remains the chance of shocks, and this tie – pitting Premier League against Championship – is no exception.
It’s a competition that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to win, especially after his side missed out on the opportunity of silverware when beaten in the Carabao Cup semi-final by rivals Manchester City on Wednesday.
With huge league games on the horizon, the United boss will make changes to his team, and that may mean a rare appearance for former Watford striker Odion Ighalo before his loan spell at Old Trafford comes to an end.
Watford’s main goal this campaign is securing an immediate return to the top-flight in order to regularly face the elite, and this contest provides their new manager with the opportunity to see whether his squad are ready.
Now under the charge of Xisco Munoz, the Hornets sit sixth in the second tier, but have won just one of their last eight games away from Vicarage Road.
Loanee James Garner is unable to face his parent club, but there could be a return to Old Trafford in the offing for Ben Foster, Tom Cleverley and the fit-again Craig Cathcart.
We’ll bring your confirmation of tonight’s teams shortly with kick-off to come at 8pm.