Manchester United will be aiming to close the gap on Manchester City to five points when they face off against Watford at Vicarage Road on Tuesday.
Matic has started all 14 of Manchester United's Premier League contests this season since his €45 million move from Chelsea during the summer transfer window, providing one assist for Jose Mourinho's side. However, Luke Shaw, Marouane Fellaini and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were not among the travelling squad, according to MEN.
Michael Carrick has stepped up his training in recent days following a procedure to deal with an irregular heart rhythm but is not expected to return to play for the time being at least.
Dropping Darmian, Blind and Lingard for the Brighton fixture, the Portuguese tactician has them well rested and available for the important fixture. The Swede marked his appearance in three previous games of the Red Devils, albeit as a substitute.
"They have an unusual squad for a mid-table team".
Gareth Bale has been on Manchester United's transfer radar since leaving Tottenham in 2013
"By playing I'll get better, I'll evolve". They have a good coach. Before those successive victories they had gone down to three straight losses in what was by far their most disappointing run of the season so far.
Just as United looked as if they were taking control of the game again, Watford were awarded a penalty in the 77th minute for Marcos Rojo's challenge from behind on Roberto Pereyra. Only 10 players have scored more goals than this in their opening 200 appearances in the competition, with Alan Shearer (145) leading the way.
But, the Watford boss can call upon captain Troy Deeney once again, after the English striker completed his three-match suspension. The Younes Kaboul (hamstring), Craig Cathcart (knee), Tommie Hoban (ACL), Isaac Success and Nathaniel Chalobah (both knee) are all on the sidelines and set to miss the tie.
Manchester United fans were left shell-shocked by two handsome Ashley Young goals that came inside of the first 25 minutes vs Watford, helping his team head into half-time with a comfortable lead.