When Solskjaer took his place in the Old Trafford dugout on Saturday, it was a historic moment for the man. He has been confirmed as the permanent manager for the Red Devils a couple of days ago and it was his first game in charge as the Gaffer. However, United did not show the performance that the Norwegian would have liked on the field.
Against a Watford team who looked buoyant and ready for United, Solskjaer's men were lazy at the start. The away side came at them with full force and United had to withstand a steady onslaught in the opening stages. The Norwegian made a few tactical changes that helped United get their footing in the game and soon enough, United were ahead, thanks to Marcus Rashford.
In the second half, Watford continued to knock at the door and threatened to score. United's midfielders had a forgettable outing and almost cost their side the game. Martial scored United's second in the 72nd minute, however, Watford got a goal back in the 90th minute. But United held on and secured a vital win.
Even though the performance of his midfielders will have him worried, Solskjaer will be thankful to these 5 men for all three points.
#5 Phil Jones
The Englishman was brought in to replace Victor Lindelof, who was away on personal leave. His name in the team list might have raised quite a lot of eyebrows, but in truth, he was one of the best players on the pitch.
Jones was stellar at the back and complimented Smalling very well on the pitch. He might not have the ball playing abilities of Lindelof, but the Englishman makes up for it by his desire and bravery. Against Watford, the United defense got a very little cover from their midfield, but Jones was extremely alert and ensured that United were never caught out.
The Englishman was strong in his challenges and quick out of his line. He closed down the gaps well and was quite vocal from the back. Even though United failed to keep a clean sheet, Phil Jones was instrumental in keeping Watford largely at bay.