Solskjaer pleased after McTominay leads ManU to 1-0 win over Watford in FA Cup action
MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER SOUNDBITES AFTER 1-0 WIN OVER WATFORD IN FA CUP MATCH . STILL PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS FROM MATCH
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (JANUARY 9, 2021) (MUTV - MUST COURTESY "MUTV". DO NOT OBSCURE LOGO. NO RESALES)
1. MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER SPEAKING AT POST MATCH NEWS CONFERENCE AFTER 1-0 WIN OVER WATFORD
2. (SOUNDBITE)(English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER AFTER BEING ASKED IF HE'S HAPPY TO ADVANCE AFTER CLOSE MATCH, SAYING:
"Yeah, very happy to be through. We started really brightly, I expected it to be the other way around, that we needed 15-20 minutes to get going and then find their rhythm...but we, after a very good start we lost our shape, we lost too many balls that they got to, we lost them easily. It's like we started making difficult decisions and trying to complicate things and maybe show the manager that I want to play in the next game. I know they're good players and they didn't have to do that, but we're through and that's the main thing."
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4. (SOUNDBITE)(English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER AFTER BEING ASKED ABOUT SCOTT MCTOMINAY GETTING CAPTAINCY FOR MATCH, SAYING:
"Yeah, he's (McTominay) got great character, good attitude, comes in every day does the right things, lives his life properly, wants to be the best he can be and he's not afraid of being vocal but he always, always goes out there to give his best, never shirks a tackle, nothing, so he's got everything a leader has to have. So I just wanted to test him today, how he reacted, 'cause he always does that anyway, but I gave him the armband to see if there was any change in him but gladly there wasn't."
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (JANUARY 9, 2021) (ACTION IMAGES VIA REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE)
5. STILL PHOTO OF MANCHESTER UNITED'S SCOTT MCTOMINAY HEADER GOING IN FOR GOAL IN 5TH MINUTE - UNITED TAKE 1-0 LEAD OVER WATFORD
6. STILL PHOTO OF MANU'S MCTOMINAY CELEBRATING AFTER SCORING GOAL
7. STILL PHOTO OF MANU'S GOALTENDER DEAN HENDERSON COLLIDING WITH TEAMMATE ERIC BAILLY
8. STILL PHOTO OF MANU'S BAILLY BEING CHECKED BY MEDICAL STAFF AFTER COLLISION
9. STILL PHOTO OF MANU'S ALEX TELLES FIGHTING FOR BALL WITH WATFORD'S ISMAILA SARR
10. STILL PHOTO OF MANU'S MANAGER OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER AFTER THE MATCH
STORY: An early headed goal by Scott McTominay capped an excellent individual performance that put Manchester United through to the FA Cup fourth round as they beat Watford 1-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday (January 9).
Captaining his side for the first time, McTominay connected with an Alex Telles corner and though his downward header lacked power, it bounced up and into the top corner past the dive of goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann in the fifth minute.
Having made nine changes from the team that lost the League Cup semi-final to Manchester City in midweek, United looked a little disorganised.
Watford, who are sixth in the second-tier Championships having been relegated from the Premier League last season, dominated the last 15 minutes of the first half but struggled to get decent shots on target.
United looked to counter-attack but despite fielding quality players such as Spanish playmaker Juan Mata and Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek, lone striker Mason Greenwood was given precious little to work with up front.
Watford substitute Ken Sema had some good chances from late free kicks, but instead it was 24-year-old Scottish midfielder McTominay who led the way with a selfless display of running and tackling to ensure that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side made it through to Monday's fourth-round draw.