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Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-0 Watford

Manchester United 1-0 Watford | FA Cup Round 3 | Player Ratings

Dean Henderson: 6

Wasn’t called upon directly for the majority of the game. When the ball did come into his areas Henderson was dominant, however playing with his feet he clearly needs to improve.

Defence

Brandon Williams: 6

Williams played at right back and while not his favoured position he was able to use his more favourable right foot naturally on that side. The rustiness showed in his performance as he played very safely on the ball, but was solid nonetheless.

Eric Bailly: 7

Has to be one of the unluckiest defenders in world football. Just like the Semi-Final last season, he had to be replaced early due to injury. He had a positive game when he was on the pitch.

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Axel Tuanzebe: 7

Alongside Bailly, Tuanzebe’s recovery pace meant that Ismaila Sarr couldn’t impact the game as much as he would’ve wanted to, another strong showing.

Alex Telles: 7

Chances created and a set piece threat,Telles was at his best. His corner’s in the first half provided real problems for Watford, and led to Scott McTominay’s opener early on.

Midfield

Scott McTominay: 8

The starting Skipper put in a captain’s worthy performance. He was everywhere, a problem in both boxes as he got back at key moments to clear the ball and scored his goal from Telles’ set-piece.

Donny van de Beek: 7

The Dutchman’s intelligence was there for everyone to see. His intricate passes in and around the area meant that Van de Beek was involved in almost everything United achieved going forward. The midfielder made a huge claim to get into Ole’s plans with his performance.

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Jesse Lingard: 6

Jesse Lingard being back in the team brought joy to anyone that has been rooting for him. Though we saw glimpses of how he can be effective with his pressing and link-up play, his lack of playing time in recent months was understandingly evident.

Attack

Daniel James: 5

Made a lively start to the game. The Welsh winger portrayed a lot of effort but the quality was ultimately lacking.

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Mason Greenwood: 4

Really struggled to get into the game which was typical of the teenager’s form. He’s struggled in recent weeks but form is undoubtedly temporary and he’s more than capable of getting through his current rut.

Juan Mata: 6

A few good spells in the game but the Spaniard also struggled to get to grips with the speed of the game and was lost in the intensity.

Substitutes

Harry Maguire: 6

Was introduced just before half time due to Bailly’s injury. The centre-back came on and was dominant in the air which was needed amongst the Watford aerial onslaught.

Anthony Martial: 6

Marcus Rashford: 6

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