1) Danny Webber
The United academy prospect never played a league game for the Reds before he moved on loan to Watford in 2002. Webber joined Watford on a permanent deal in the summer of 2003 and he enjoyed a good spell with the club – scoring 17 goals in 55 appearances. He later joined Sheffield United and now plays his football for Salford City.
2) Chris Eagles
Eagles actually started his career at Watford before joining United at the age of 14. Like Webber, Eagles found his first-team opportunities limited and, in 2005, he agreed to return to Vicarage Road on loan. In 2006, he would return for a second spell on loan at Watford and scored a memorable long-distance lob against Brighton. The midfielder currently plays for League Two side Accrington Stanley.
3) Ashley Young
In 2004, Young burst onto the footballing scene as a 18-year-old, helping Ray Lewington’s Watford side to retain their Division One status. A season later, he was an integral part of Aidy Boothroyd’s promotion-winning side – scoring 15 times. The winger moved to Aston Villa in 2007, after 98 appearances for the Hornets. Young signed for United in 2011 and remains a part of Jose Mourinho’s squad.
4) Ben Foster
England stopper, Ben Foster, is another United player who spent time on loan at the Hertfordshire side. Foster spent two seasons at Vicarage Road and his performances soon made him a fan favourite. Despite his impressive displays for Watford, Foster could never quite cement a first-team place at United and permanently left Old Trafford for Birmingham City in 2010. Foster now plays his football in the Premier League for West Bromwich Albion.
5) Tom Cleverley
Cleverley only spent one season on loan at Watford but he certainly made an impact on the Vicarage Road faithful. He scored 11 goals in just 33 appearances – winning the club’s 2009/10 ‘Player of the season’ award. The midfielder did get a run in the United first-team and clocked up 55 appearances during his 7 years at the club. Cleverley now plays for Everton.
6) Craig Cathcart
Current Northern Ireland and Watford defender, Cathcart, could be in line to face his former-team this weekend. Cathcart was signed by United in 2007 but spent most of his time on loan to Royal Antwerp, Plymouth Argyle and Watford. Cathcart joined Watford permanently in 2014, after a spell at Blackpool, and remains a first-team regular at Vicarage Road.