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FA Cup Manchester United 1-0 Watford: Player Ratings

Manchester United defeated Watford 1-0 in the FA Cup 3rd round which saw United progress to the next round and Watford exiting the competition.

Scott McTominay’s goal in the 5th minute proved to be decisive for Manchester United as it was the only goal that was registered in the game.

McTominay captained United for the first time and he impressed within the 5th minute when he met Alex Telles low driven corner which he successfully converted.

Apart from McTominay’s goal there was no one else who got on to the scoresheet hence the match ended with Manchester United beating Watford 1-0.

Manchester United 1-0 Watford player ratings:

Dean Henderson (GK) – 5/10 – A few erratic moments in the first half, including a kung-fu kick on Eric Bailly just before half-time. Didn’t have many saves to make though.

Brandon Williams (RB) – 6/10 – Kept Zinckernagel quiet on his debut but wasn’t enough of a threat going the other way for United.

Eric Bailly (CB) – 5/10 – Didn’t have much to do in the first half before being replaced as a precaution due to a potential concussion.

Axel Tuanzebe (CB) – 6/10 – Dealt with the pace of Pedro and Gray well but a bit too keen sometimes to win the ball early. Was booked.

Alex Telles (LB) – 6/10 – A constant threat down the left in the first half and got the assist for the opening goal. Quieter in the second half but defended well too.

Scott McTominay (CM) – 5/10 – Started brightly with a goal and was okay defensively, but struggled on the ball completing just 80% of his passes.

Donny Van de Beek (CM) – 6/10 – Bright moments throughout and linked well with Juan Mata in particular. Kept the ball all night long with 96% of his passes completed.

Jesse Lingard (CAM) – 5/10 – Showed good intent early but faded out of the game and justified Solskjaer’s reasons for not giving him a lot of play time recently.

Juan Mata (RW) – 5/10 – Drifted inside a lot to link with the midfield and had a big chance saved in the first half after great play with Van de Beek. Not much other than that.

Daniel James (LW) – 4/10 – Had a bright opening five minutes then it all went downhill from there. Wouldn’t have looked out of place in the opposition lineup.

Mason Greenwood (ST) – 5/10 – Barely got any service in his preferred role and struggled to make an impact before being subbed.

Substitutes:

Harry Maguire (CB) – 6/10 – Came on for the injured Bailly and dealt with everything comfortably all night.

Marcus Rashford(LW)-6/10-Should have ended the contest. Greedy at times.

Anthony Martial(RW)-N/A

Nemanja Matic(CM)-5/10-Disciplined.

Manchester United will take on Burnley on the 13th of January before they face league leaders Liverpool on the 17th of January so they will look to win both games in order to move top of the table.

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