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Published: 22:26 | 13/9/18

Gracia plays down Man Utd crisis talk


Watford boss Javier Gracia expects "crisis" club Manchester United to provide a tough test for his high-flying Hornets on Saturday.

Watford, who sit third in the Premier League table after four wins from their opening four matches, take on a United side who have suffered two defeats already this season in Saturday's Premier League match at Vicarage Road, which will be shown live on BT Sport 1 on the eir sport pack [coverage starts 5pm].

But Gracia has played down suggestions Jose Mourinho's side are a "crisis" club.

"I don't understand that word 'crisis'. I don't know if they are in crisis," he said at his pre-match news conference.

"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."

Tom Cleverly [Achilles] and Gerard Deulofeu [groin] will miss Saturday's game through injury.

"In this moment all of the players are good," Gracia continued.

"We have Tom Cleverley and Gerard Deulofeu out of the team and the rest are available."

Manchester United's Premier League clash against Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday will be shown live on BT Sport 1 on the eir sport pack [coverage starts 5pm].

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