The last time Manchester United met Watford in the FA Cup

Sunday, 10 Jan, 2021

"Donny can play as a No 6, but it must be a compact pitch".

Solskjaer went a step further, in his Friday press briefing, when he was asked about the Dutch defender.

A product of the Ajax academy, Van de Beek established himself as one of the most sought-after midfielders in Europe after enjoying a couple of brilliant seasons for the Dutch giants. That was United's only defeat by a lower-league side in the cup during Ferguson's reign and, of course, plenty has changed since then. We enter this competition to win and that's what we want to do.

Team news permitting I'll also dip into the player card market and take the 11/2 on offer with PaddyPower for Watford midfielder Will Hughes to be carded. "He's not lost any of his quality, it's been hard for him to be out of the squad as many times as he has because he did really well up until the summer", Solskjaer saluted.

"I've answered this question so many times", Solskjaer recently said of Van de Beek in a statement on United's official website.

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"Both of them have contracts until the summer, and they are not going to be extended, so we are looking for them to find clubs", said Solskjaer ahead of Saturday's FA Cup third-round tie against Watford. "Sergio has been back home to see his family, but he is back in England now". Amad Diallo, 18, is also unavailable as his visa has yet to be processed despite the Ivorian winger's transfer being confirmed on Thursday. If United can offload some senior stars that are spinning their wheels, most at the club would consider it a good month.

Dimitar Berbatov admits he "wouldn't be surprised" if Donny Van de Beek pushed for a premature exit at Manchester United after limited game time since his £40m move from Ajax last summer.

"Sometimes you need to be like this and, like Jose Mourinho said: 'You need to be b**t*ds to win trophies.' I don't see enough of that from United in these important matches".

They face a tough task to start their FA Cup charge against Championship side Watford though, who reached the final themselves in 2019 and play their third game under new manager Xisco Munoz. Yes, I've spoken to him and reiterated and made him aware how much we rate him.