Manager Rob Page said: “This club was borderline administration. Players were not being paid. Kelvin Thomas has come in and financially the club is in a good place now and we have earned the right to play Manchester United.
“When you look back, the club was borderline liquidation and playing against – and I don’t mean any disrespect – the Newport Counties of this world. Now we are talking about playing against Manchester United, which is fantastic for the town. That’s what we want to be involved in. It’s a massive game.
“We deserve to be there. We beat a good Barnsley team doing well in the Championship and a well-organised West Bromwich Albion team. To do that, we have got to have something about us.”
Page, who began his playing career at Watford, was at Vicarage Road on Sunday to witness United’s latest defeat.
He said: “I think the manner in which they conceded the goals will be disappointing. Watford deserved the victory. They are not used to losing, of course they are not. They have Jose (Mourinho) in charge of them and he will get it right and no doubt the tide will turn for them.”