30 Dec

Flores warns Watford: ‘Don’t underestimate injury-hit Man United!’

first_img1 Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores has urged his team not to take Manchester United’s injury-hit team lightly ahead of their Premier League clash on Wednesday.Injuries to the likes of captain Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones has seen Louis van Gaal blood a number of academy graduates in recent weeks.18-year-old defender Tim Fosu-Mensah and 20-year-old midfielder James Weir were the latest to be handed their debuts in United’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal on Sunday, while 18-year-old Marcus Rashford has starred with four goals in two games.Watford head to Old Trafford to face Van Gaal’s patched-up side on Wednesday night, but Flores does not believe United’s lengthy injury list makes them any easier to face.“I don’t like to say to the players, ‘come on boys, now Manchester United are a little bit weak because they have injuries, because they are younger, because they don’t have experience’, no, it is the opposite,” said Flores.“I try to send other messages to the players, saying take care and don’t relax. Yes, they are younger, but they have a lot of passion, and they want to show everyone they are ready to play in the Premier League.“So, of course we will play a very tough match, and this is the idea we try to translate to the players. Maybe this is not the best XI they have in the squad, but they are playing really, really well.”Academy product Rashford made his Premier League debut in the victory against Arsenal on Sunday, with his double against the Gunners following another brace in last week’s Europa League win against FC Midtjylland.“He looks really good and I love younger players,” Flores added. “I love how he moves to the space and how he moves inside the box.“He is a very good talent for the future of England and very good news for Manchester United.“With the younger players when they knock on the door, as a coach you need to open the door and say ‘okay you are ready to go’ and this is what has happened.“Manchester United have had a lot of injuries, a very difficult period for them, and this is the moment when the younger players use the opportunity to establish themselves in the team.”Asked if he had a plan in place to stop Rashford on Wednesday night, Flores joked: “It is impossible to show too many videos [to my squad] because he has played only two matches.” Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores is wary of the threat of Manchester United last_img read more