Flores says side will make big effort to reach target at Old Trafford

As Watford prepare to face Manchester United on Wednesday night, the Hornets' boss has his say on the task ahead.

Flores says side will make big effort to reach target at Old Trafford
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Even by Watford's lofty standards this season, a trip to Old Trafford against a seemingly revitalised Manchester United on Wednesday night will offer no easy solutions, as Quique Sanchez Flores' side go looking for arguably their biggest three points of the campaign.

With their 0-0 draw against  Bournemouth at the weekend, Watford reached 37 points for the season - with 11 Premier League fixtures still left in the coming months. The result leaves them three points off the fabled 40-point target that usually secures a side's safety - not that anyone is really considering the Hornets as relegation candidates after their incredible performances this season.

The tools to unlock

It's no smaller wonder, then, that Flores believes his side might just have the tools to take something away from Old Trafford, and spoil the home side's party. Louis van Gaal's Red Devils have won three games on the spin - including an  impressive 3-2 victory over title-chasing Arsenal  on Sunday - but the Watford boss still believes his side's efforts could be rewarded.

Speaking to Hornets PlayerHD, Flores was quick to admit that he expects a "tough match", suggesting that his side "need to be clever". Describing United as being able to "move the ball very well", Flores stressed the importance of Watford using their "own tools", and playing "like a block", as they have done for most of the season, like their defensive record suggests.

Photo: Getty Images/Alex Broadway
Photo: Getty Images/Alex Broadway

A game away at Old Trafford for some still brings that feeling of awe ahead of a potentially exciting fixture, but Flores says his side are "used to playing in good stadiums", and will not be unnerved by the "great atmosphere". The Spaniard was quick to admit that his side know they are playing "against an amazing team who are in a good moment", but that the Hornets will use this opportunity to show their own capabilities.

Ever ambitious

In a similar vein to how he has approached every game this season, Flores stressed that his side are "always positive" and are constantly ready to try give "the best performance for [their] fans". Insisting his side are "trying every single day", once again the Spaniard pointed to the "journey" everyone at Vicarage Road is on - with the game at Old Trafford another chance to "enjoy the experience together".

"All three teams are very physical sides"

- Quique Sanchez Flores

Questioned about the possibility of freshening up his starting squad due to the midweek game being sandwiched between fixtures against Bournemouth and league leaders Leicester City on Saturday evening, Flores said he will consider all three matches before making his decisions. The Spaniard pointed to all three teams being very "physical" sides, suggesting that the right approach might be to rotate his squad.

Van Gaal's side will fancy their chances of continuing their forward momentum this season - and few would bet against it. But Watford wait in the wings, ready to be as competitive as always. Should they spring a shock, it will put an official figure on what has been a superb season already for Flores and his Hornets.