See Why United Players Wept in The Dressing Room Despite Beating Watford


Manchester United marked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game as permanent manager with a 2-1 win against Watford.

The Red Devils took the lead through Marcus Rashford inside the opening 30 minutes and were then expected to cruise to victory.

But that didn’t happen.

Their second goal came through Anthony Martial with 18 minutes to play, before a late Abdoulaye Doucoure strike made things very nervy.


In the end, United lurched over the line – but a win is a win, and the players should have celebrated that at full-time.

But according to Solskjaer, the atmosphere inside the dressing room was rather muted after the final whistle.

“The feeling in the dressing room after was almost like a funeral,” the Man United boss said.

“They were all sat there, it was very quiet, they were all disappointed in their performance at full-time.”

Apparently, United’s stars were well aware of their ‘below par performance’ despite picking up the win – and that’s something that their manager didn’t mind.


“It’s not like jubilation because we won and we got the three points,” Solskjaer continued.

“They all know that this was a below par performance, which is great because you want players to be honest with themselves.

“We know we can play so much better and they can do better. But the players out there, they’ve struggled lately with injuries. So we’ll freshen it up on Tuesday against Wolves.”

Despite clear frustration amongst the players at full-time, another victory has helped United’s push for a top-four finish.

Ahead of Arsenal’s match against Newcastle on Monday night, Solskjaer’s side moved up into that final Champions League qualification spot – and went level on points with Tottenham in third.

Should the Gunners win though, United will be pushed back out to fifth – but things are getting awfully tight with seven games to go.

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