Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was frustrated with how Manchester United did not repose on a promising start against Watford.Manchester United made it through to the FA Cup fourth round with a 1-0 victory over Championship opposition at Old Trafford on Saturday, with Donny van de Beek impressing.
The hosts burst out of the blocks with 11 shots within the first 21 minutes, managing only eight more within the 70 thereafter.Solskjaer saw progression as key after the Carabao Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City in midweek, but noted that his players struggled to cope when momentum shifted within the favour of Watford.
“I thought we started really brightly, played some nice football, came behind them, created some chances, got the primary goal,” he told BT Sport, as quoted by the official Manchester United website.“After 15 or 20 minutes it appeared like the balloon popped and that they came into the sport , we gave them confidence and that they really gave us an honest game.”
Pushed further on “what did go wrong” by interviewer Des Kelly, Solskjaer replied: “We started giving them the ball back easily, we tried to complicate it, maybe one or two men out of position then suddenly they counter-attack and when you’ve got Andre Gray or Ismaila Sarr running at you, you’re always getting to have the guts high here.
“You’re through and that’s the most thing. I didn’t expect us to start out this well, because it’s a team that’s not really played together and they’ve not really played for a short time , and you expect them to grow into the sport . But it had been a very good start.”