Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got his permanent reign as Manchester United boss off to a winning start against Watford, but his side were far from their fluent best.

The victory was harsh on Watford, who dominated possession for long periods and had superior chances, but the win lifts United into fourth place above Arsenal, who play on Monday.

Despite early Watford pressure, Marcus Rashford’s 10th Premier League goal of the season after a superb through ball from Luke Shaw gave United a flattering lead.

And as the hosts wasted further opportunities to earn their first league win at Old Trafford, Anthony Martial made them pay midway through the second half with a close-range finish.

Abdoulaye Doucoure scored a late goal for the visitors to fray a few more of the home fans’ nerves.

But the victory for Solskjaer, who was appointed on a three-year-deal this week, ended successive defeats, and took them level on points with third-placed Tottenham, who travel to Liverpool on Sunday.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 18Young
  • 12Smalling
  • 4Jones
  • 23Shaw
  • 21HerreraSubstituted forPereiraat 63′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 31Matic
  • 8MataSubstituted forLingardat 63′minutes
  • 6Pogba
  • 10Rashford
  • 11MartialSubstituted forRojoat 77′minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Lukaku
  • 14Lingard
  • 15Pereira
  • 16Rojo
  • 17Fred
  • 20Dalot
  • 22Romero

Watford

  • 26Foster
  • 2JanmaatSubstituted forFemeníaat 55′minutes
  • 27Kabasele
  • 3Britos
  • 11MasinaBooked at 82mins
  • 16Doucouré
  • 29Capoue
  • 19HughesBooked at 17minsSubstituted forSuccessat 81′minutes
  • 37Pereyra
  • 7DeulofeuSubstituted forGrayat 73′minutes
  • 9Deeney

Substitutes

  • 1Gomes
  • 10Success
  • 15Cathcart
  • 18Gray
  • 20Quina
  • 21Femenía
  • 25Holebas
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
74,543

Match Stats

Home TeamMan UtdAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home8
Away20
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester United 2, Watford 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester United 2, Watford 1.

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Miguel Britos (Watford).

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Manchester United).

Etienne Capoue (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Andreas Pereira (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Manchester United. Jesse Lingard tries a through ball, but Andreas Pereira is caught offside.

Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Isaac Success (Watford).

Goal!

Goal! Manchester United 2, Watford 1. Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Isaac Success.

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Manchester United).

Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Luke Shaw (Manchester United) because of an injury.

Foul by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).

Isaac Success (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).

Isaac Success (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Manchester United. Marcos Rojo tries a through ball, but Marcus Rashford is caught offside.

Booking

Adam Masina (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Masina (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Isaac Success replaces Will Hughes.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Ashley Young.

Attempt blocked. Roberto Pereyra (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcus Rashford.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Marcos Rojo replaces Anthony Martial.

Paul Pogba (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Miguel Britos (Watford).

Anthony Martial (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Will Hughes (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Andre Gray replaces Gerard Deulofeu.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester United 2, Watford 0. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) left footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

Offside, Manchester United. Nemanja Matic tries a through ball, but Marcus Rashford is caught offside.

Foul by Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

Roberto Pereyra (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Etienne Capoue (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Hand ball by Andreas Pereira (Manchester United).

goal

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