Ole Gunnar Solskjaer names the one positive from Manchester United defeat to Watford
United went down 2-0 after a howler from David de Gea allowed a tame Ismaela Sarr to squeeze past him, before Aaron Wan-Bissaka gave away a cheap penalty which Troy Deeney duly converted to claim a vital three points.
Pogba was unable to turn things around but put in a positive, forward-thinking display, to provide his manager with at least a crumb of comfort on an otherwise desperately poor day.
‘The big plus is Paul coming on,’ he told the BBC. ‘And that’s the one plus.
‘He added urgency, quality, some great passes. The boy has been working hard. He’s fit and leaner.
‘He’ll bring us a lot. He is important for us. He makes us create more chances.’
Centre-back Harry Maguire couldn’t hide his disappointment at another bad day at the office for his side against weaker opposition.
‘We were sloppy and gave the ball away numerous times, especially in the first half,’ said Maguire. ‘I felt in the first half the game was there to be won. We should have scored in the first half. We have to be better against these so called lower opposition sides who have a deep block.
‘It was little sloppy errors on the ball. We had control of the first half, they didn’t really threaten but we didn’t keep the ball with high enough tempo. We’d end up giving it away and they would counter. We’ve got to do better.’
Jesse Lingard was guilty of missing a glorious first half opportunity, and Maguire called for his team-mates to be more ruthless.
‘He knows he has to score. That was a big chance in the game,’ he added. ‘The first goal is crucial. I missed one against Newcastle and we went on to lose. He has missed it, we moved on. We still had to go on and win the game but we didn’t.
‘We were not good enough and we have to improve. It is something we cannot put our finger on. We are working hard in training. It is disappointing.’