Manchester United’s fringe gamers did not take advantage of their alternative to impress Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, in line with Rio Ferdinand.
The United boss made 9 modifications for the third-round FA Cup tie in opposition to Watford with Donny van de Beek and Jesse Lingard handed uncommon begins.
Nonetheless, neither have been in a position to stamp their authority on the sport with the match tapering off after Scott McTominay’s purpose within the fifth minute. Ferdinand was uncertain that any of the gamers hoping to pressure their means into Solskjaer’s first-team did sufficient to stake a declare for an everyday beginning spot.
Rio Ferdinand (left) believes Manchester United’s fringe gamers missed their probability to impress Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in opposition to Watford
‘Ole can be glad to be within the subsequent spherical most significantly,’ the previous United defender mentioned on BT Sport after the sport.
‘This recreation was about alternatives for the perimeter gamers. He’s not a fringe participant however McTominay was most likely the one participant who carried out to the usual you count on or exceeded that.
‘Perhaps a missed alternative for these attempting to pressure their means into the supervisor’s plans on a extra common foundation. However an important factor was to get into the following spherical.’
Donny van de Beek has needed to be affected person for his alternatives since his arrival final summer time
Van de Beek has needed to be affected person since his £40million arrival from Ajax final summer time. The midfielder has began simply two Premier League video games and an extra seven in different competitions.
Lingard was making solely his third look of the season, along with his different two video games coming within the Carabao Cup. The 28-year-old has solely made United’s Premier League squad on 4 events.
Daniel James and Mason Greenwood additionally began each however forwards have been substituted for Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial within the second half.
Bruno Fernandes was not wanted with the membership’s prime scorer getting a a lot wanted relaxation after enjoying almost each minute within the Premier League this season.
Solskjaer additionally seemed to offer Harry Maguire a relaxation however the United skipper was referred to as upon simply earlier than half-time with Eric Bailly pressured off with an damage.
Daniel James and Mason Greenwood have been substituted for Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial within the second half