Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s happiness at making it through to the FA Cup fourth round was tinged by disappointment at his much-changed side’s display against Watford.
Having fallen to a galling loss to rivals Manchester City in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final, Scott McTominay’s early header secured a 1-0 win against Sky Bet Championship opposition in Saturday evening’s third-round encounter.
United flew out of the blocks at an empty Old Trafford but dropped off markedly, with the nine players brought into the side leading to a lack of fluency and unconvincing display.
Scott proved the difference on Saturday evening, when leading United out as captain for the first time.
“He’s got great character, good attitude,” Solskjaer said of academy graduate McTominay. “He 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 to be vocal.
“He always, always goes out there to give his best. Never shirks a tackle. Nothing.
“He’s got everything a leader has to have, so I just wanted to test him today how he reacted because he always done that anyway.
“But I gave him the armband to see if there was any change in him but luckily there wasn’t.”