Three questions for Manchester United after Watford win

Manchester United moved up to fifth with a 3-0 victory over Watford at Old Trafford yesterday.

United took full advantage of Tottenham dropping points at Stamford Bridge on Saturday with a win and a clean sheet.

There are still questions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to answer and we’ve picked out three.

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Can United start better?

It was a decent week’s work for United, with two wins and a draw across two competitions but they have not started particularly well in any of the three matches.

United were indebted to Michy Batshuayi’s poor finishing last Monday, were punished by Club Brugge on Thursday and only Luke Shaw saved an embarrassing opening concession here.

Harry Maguire and Nemanja Matic’s slack defending was symptomatic of a sloppy start which could easily have cost United early on.

That’s something Solskjaer needs to work on sooner rather than later.

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When will Ighalo score?

Odion Ighalo now has two Premier League appearances from the substitutes bench to his name for United.

He has had chances to score in both of them, and that ability to make an instant impact is a good sign.

It would be good if he could have got it done early and found the back of the net already, especially if it had come against his former employers.

But it looks like it’s coming – and his presence appears to have sparked an improvement in Anthony Martial’s level of performance.

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What’s Solskjaer’s preferred midfield?

Scott McTominay made his return from injury yesterday and Solskjaer now has some choices in midfield, even without Paul Pogba.

McTominay’s form in the first part of the season was so good that Nemanja Matic was frozen out to the point where a January exit looked inevitable.

But the Serbian has been impressive in recent weeks and the arrival of Bruno Fernandes gives Solskjaer some welcome decisions to make in the engine room.

With the games coming thick and fast, perhaps there will be some clues about Solskjaer’s preferred midfield three.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.