Watford fought, showed that they can fight against one of the best teams in the Premier League, but United is still celebrating the triumph. They opened the game in the best possible way and continued to play calmly, the home players defended well and occasionally threatened, which was enough to place in the fourth round of the oldest football competition in the world (1: 0).
The guests lacked quality in the finals, so now they have to dedicate themselves to returning to the elite rank with the new coach. Manchester United also celebrated for the 47th time in the last 48 matches with teams from lower ranks in the FA Cup.
While Bruno Fernandes was resting, the role of the greatest creative was taken over by left-back Alex Telles, the assistant with the only goal in the game. The Brazilian created six opportunities and once again showed that the management made a good job when they bought him to calm down the summer transfer window.
On the other hand, Philip Zinckernagel had the opportunity to feel what it was like to play against the strongest English teams. Former Bodo Glimt midfielder, who was also wanted by the Red Star, failed to show at Old Trafford why he was nicknamed the "King of Assists" in Norway Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shuffled the cards, rested the most important players, so Greenwood was at the top of the attack, Jesse Lingard played from the first minute, as well as Van de Beek, whose fate has been widely written about in recent days, precisely because of the lack of minutes.
Although these players were not often on the field together, they only needed five minutes to reach the advantage. Alex Telles centered well from the corner from the left side, Scott McTominay was the best in the jump, he caught the ball well with his head and sent the helpless Daniel Bachmann from the ground into the net from the edge of the box.
The guests threatened more seriously for the first time in the 16th minute, but Masina's attempt was blocked by the Devil's defense, and four minutes later Eric Baily threatened the team of the Spanish expert Cisco.
Chances in the game
The defender from the Ivory Coast, after a new good cross-shot by Telles from the corner, still hit Watford's goal with his head. After a great action, Juan Mata had a nice opportunity at the end of the first half.
Van de Beek left the ball to the experienced Spaniard, which Bachmann still managed to prevent from scoring in a one-on-one situation. At the very finish of the first part of the game, the host suffered bad luck, Eric Baily was injured after a duel with the opponent's goalkeeper, so Harry Maguire stepped on the field.
Bad luck for former Villarreal defender ... In the second part, there were almost no opportunities, certainly not more likely. Watford tried to return to the match, but the visiting players lacked quality in the end. Despite the lead, United recorded two best opportunities, James and Rashford tested the Austrian goalkeeper, but Bachmann was sure.
Without major problems, United kept the advantage gained in the fifth minute, so we will see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team in the fourth round as well.