Awful Man United were lucky against Watford - Shaw

Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial scored United's goals, while Abdoulaye Doucoure netted a late concession for the Hornets.

Solskjaer praised central defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling's displays but admitted the overall performance barely merited a win. In the few games he has played, MacTominay has looked brighter and more energetic than the Serbian - so he deserves to take Matic's place in the starting XI.

United's short-term target is to secure a Premier League top-four finish and qualification for the Champions League but Solskjaer wants the club to target the league title next season.

But Manchester United managed to hold on to the win for the three points and Solskjaer, who brought on Pereira, Lingard and Marcos Rojo, feels that the fresh legs had an impact.

"We defended great, and after about 20 minutes, I felt we were more comfortable".

However, the 2-1 crucial victory saw them move to fourth on the Premier League standings with 61 points, just one better than Arsenal who still have a match to play. But their decision making in the final third was continuing to let them down.

United have performed excellently under the Norwegian but they remain a country mile behind Liverpool and Manchester City in all areas and the work this summer is going to need to be successful if that gap is going to start to be closed.

Marcus Rashford scored a brilliant goal to give Man Utd the lead in the game against Watford with a stunning assist from Luke Shaw.

"I'm always confident when Rashy is in front of goal", he said.

"Paul is important for us, but we couldn't keep the ball today". He was top, top class today until he got cramp. However, it will be interesting to see how some fans treat him given his comments about Real Madrid being a "dream" club.

Dalot is not a conventional right winger but he's the best option we've got at the moment, as nobody else in the squad can provide the same width and delivery from that side.

United however had to labour through during the Saturday, March 30, encounter as they struggled to settle in during the opening exchanges.

"We tried until the end because the team believed until the end but it wasn't enough".

  • Steve Townsend