Anthony Martial goal proves key as Manchester United hold off Watford

The sun shone, a gigantic banner sporting Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s face swirled in the Stretford End, and Manchester United claimed victory.

This was the perfect way to herald the Norwegian being made full-time manager and to respond to the last two defeats. It was hardly pretty: United were stuck in second gear, the goals apart, but as winning while underperforming is a yardstick of a team it was a satisfactory afternoon, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial the home scorers, with Abdoulaye Doucouré producing Watford’s late response.

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