Manchester United were drawn at home to Watford in Monday night’s FA Cup third-round draw.

That fixture will be played on the second weekend of January, which means there’s a frantic festive period to get through first.

But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke briefly to the club’s official website about the tie.

He namechecked 19-year-old James Garner, who is on loan with the Hornets, saying he has been impressed with his performances.

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“In the FA Cup, you can get drawn away from home in every single round, like we were last season, and it adds to the load for the players, so to get a home draw is always good.

“Of course, we could have had an easier draw, but we’ll take a home one.We know Watford are in a good moment.


“We’ve got Jimmy [Garner] there and he’s played well for them this season. We’ve been following him.”

Garner has obvious talent, and getting regular senior football this term will be hugely important for his development.

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He’s played in all but one of Watford’s league games this season as the Hornets sit fifth in the Championship.

Garner has impressed and caught the eye once again in a 4-1 victory over Preston at the weekend.

He’s been the pick of United’s on-loan players this season and the next step for him now is to get goals in the second tier.

Garner is still awaiting his first goal in Watford colours but he found the back of the net regularly for the Under 23s, so he’ll hope not to be waiting too much longer.

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