FA Cup Manchester United 1-0 Watford: Post-match analysis


Manchester United went past the challenge of Championship side Watford by 1-0 in the FA Cup third round in Old Trafford. The only goal came from Scott McTominey at the 4th-minute mark.

Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire and Paul Pogba were given a break in this busy schedule but Maguire’s break only lasted for 45 minutes as he had to come on for injured Eric Bailly at the half time mark.

It was a very welcome victory for Manchester United with reserve bench players after the defeat in midweek against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-final and ahead of the very important Burnley match on Tuesday in Premier League.

If they can win against Burnley then United will go at Anfield on next Sunday as a league leader to play against Liverpool.

Manchester United 1-0 Watford Team News:

Manchester United manager Ole Gunner Solskjær made a significant number of changes in the game. Harry Maguire rested for the first time in this season. Dean Henderson started and David De Gea was on the bench.

Donny van de Beek started the game after the EFL Cup quarter-final against Everton and also Eric Bailly started. Mason Greenwood was the lone striker.

Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba were rested. Jesse Lingard started after four months since the EFL Cup game against Luton Town.

Watford also made a few changes as their club captain Troy Deeney wasn’t in the squad. But their highly-rated Senegalese winger Ismaila Sarr Started the game.

Manchester United 1-0 Watford Post-match analysis:

Manchester United started the game at home brilliantly and they got the reward from a corner kick, an excellent delivery from Alex Telles headed home by Scott McTominey.

United moved the ball brilliantly and the movement in front of the Watford backline was good as well. Courtesy of this Manchester United had 9 attempts inside just 20 minutes.

But as the game grew old United lost from the game and had few scares from dead-ball situations of Watford. Ismaila Sarr put the Red Devils defence in danger by his pace from the right-wing.

But an injury to Eric Bailly in his head was a really bad situation for United at the end of the first half and Harry Maguire replaced him.

The second half was very dull Manchester United could not produce the football that they played in the early stages of the game. Neither team managed a single opening.

Dan James had an attempt but his shot went straight into the goalkeeper’s gloves and Marcus Rashford went past his man but his tamed shot was comfortable for the Watford goalkeeper.

Watford didn’t manage to put in a huge amount of trouble the Manchester United defence and in the end, it was an easy 1-0 win for Manchester United.

Notable Performances:

Scott McTominey(CM) – (7/10)(Manchester United): Scored the important goal in the early part of the game but in midfield his passing was wayward.

Alex Telles(LB) – (7.5/10)(Manchester United): Delivered the great corner for the goal and defensively was solid as well.

Joao Pedro(CF) – (5.5/10)(Watford): Didn’t influence the game and United defence was comfortable against him.

Manchester United will play away to Burnley in their next match in Premier League in midweek on 12th January and Watford’s next match is against Huddersfield Town in Championship on 16th January.

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