Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted Mason Greenwood enjoyed a good afternoon at the office against Watford on Saturday. The England international couldn’t score for the Red Devils against the Hornets, with Scott McTominay instead scoring the only goal of the game. But his manager was pleased despite seeing the 19-year-old draw a blank.
Manchester United weren’t at their best against Watford.
But they fought their way into the fourth round of the competition courtesy of McTominay’s goal, with the Scotland international notching in the fifth minute.
It was a frustrating night for Greenwood, however, with the England international now scoring just once from his last 13 appearances.
But Solskjaer has expressed his satisfaction with the 19-year-old’s performance after the game, insisting he’ll benefit from the experience.
“We had a front four with Dan [James], Juan [Mata], Jesse [Lingard] and Mason on front of them with licence to chop and change a little bit and find positions,” he said.
“Mason is naturally a floaty forward anyway.
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“They have been so sloppy tonight but to give Watford credit, they have turned up and they have had a go, working hard for a new manager.
“For the players that have come in for Manchester United tonight, I don’t think they can go knocking on the manager’s door.
“Scott McTominay has had a good season, he knows that he is going to playing, which is a great confidence boost for a young player.
“He’s very competitive, his positional sense is very good. He is now a number one pick for Manchester United.”
Solskjaer insisted he was happy with the result, but not United’s performance.
“Very happy to get through,” Solskjaer said.
“We started very brightly. I expected it to be other way round – that we needed 15-20 minutes to get going and find our rhythm.
“But after a very good start we lost our shape, we lost too many balls.
“We lost it easily. It was like we started making difficult decisions to try and complicate things and maybe show the manager that ‘I want to play in the next game’.
“I know they’re good players so they don’t have to do that, but we’re through. That’s the main thing.”