Javi Gracia says Premier League will soon put Watford 'in our place'

Gracia also explains reasoning behind his fines system on players arriving late for training

Javi Gracia during Burnley v Watford 0:43
Javi Gracia says his fines policy is important for the Watford squad's discipline but he doesn't want to be taking away their money!

Javi Gracia says the Premier League will soon put Watford "in our place" as the club aims to maintain their 100% start to the season against Manchester United.

Watford are one of only three clubs to have won their opening four matches, alongside Liverpool and Chelsea, and will host Jose Mourinho's side at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Gracia was awarded the Premier League manager of the month award for August but the Spanish head coach says their excellent start will be difficult to sustain.

Watford manager Javi Gracia poses with the Barclays 'Manager of the Month' Award for August
Image: Gracia poses with the Manager of the Month Award for August

"When you start something you always think you will be good but you do not know if you will be able to achieve four wins in a row," Gracia said.

"But we are in a good moment - we are enjoying it. We know in the future the competition will put us in our place."

Gracia says Watford are fully prepared for the challenge of facing Manchester United after the international break but expects a "demanding game".

Watford manager Javi Gracia
Image: Gracia hopes to lead Watford to a sixth victory in all competitions against Manchester United

"We have had more time because we had two weeks. Some players have been out with their international teams but we have prepared as usual.

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"We know it will be a very demanding game. But playing at Vicarage Road we feel strong and think we are able to beat all the other teams, knowing at the same time if we don't give 100% we can lose."

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho after the victory at Burnley
Image: Jose Mourinho's Manchester United are the next team to visit Vicarage Road

He added: "We are ready to play the game with the support of our fans and we feel comfortable at Vicarage Road. I am not interested in the situation of other clubs."

The Spanish boss, who signed an 18-month contract last January, is not thinking about reports suggesting the club are considering offering him a new deal but admits he feels "really well at Watford".

Club captain Troy Deeney, who has scored two goals so far this term, revealed Gracia has introduced a fines system - including £100 for every minute a player is late - but Gracia says the squad are happy with the new policy.

 during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Watford FC at Turf Moor on August 19, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom.
Image: Troy Deeney has impressed for Watford so far

"All the groups need discipline. I don't like to have many rules because in my opinion it is important the players are responsible," Gracia said.

"It is better if you don't have many rules - they are professionals. They have to know what they have to do. I prefer that I don't take away money! But I think we need some rules and they respect it. It is a good way to achieve our objectives."

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