Manchester United beat Watford but Solskjaer admits it was 'draw performance'

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01 April, 2019

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won his first game as permanent manager of Manchester United as goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial secured a 2-1 home victory over Watford to put them back into the top four.

Solskjaer's first game since being named manager on a permanent basis was a disappointing one with only the goals, in each half, from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial providing any satisfaction for the Norwegian.

Solskjaer praised central defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling's displays but admitted the overall performance barely merited a win.

"It's exciting. I was excited when Gareth took over because I think he spent enough time with the players from a very young age", added the former England captain.

The Red Devils now find themselves in a battle with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC for the final two Champions League qualification spots.

"The first 20 minutes we started so slow and sloppy and you could see we have had players out with injuries in the global break and not been able to train them", said Solskjaer.

One highlight for Solskjaer was the performance of Luke Shaw, who set up Rashford's goal with a wonderful pass through the Watford defence. But their decision making in the final third was continuing to let them down.

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Speaking in an interview quoted by Metro, Giggs said: "I'm delighted to see Ole has got the job permanently". Although, having seen on social media him going through recovery work overseas, I am not certain his match sharp.

"Paul is important for us and we couldn't keep the ball today". I thought he was total class today until he got cramp.

"The second half was disappointing, again".

Manchester United were dumped out of the FA Cup at the quarter-final stage by Wolves earlier this month. I'm really happy for him. We know how hard it is to play against Wolves (on Tuesday night) so we need to make sure we have a team fit and available.

But before they go all out in the transfer business, they need to offer new deals to players whose contracts are running out.

The tactician believes five wins from his side's remaining seven matches would be enough to seal a top three finish.


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