Why Manchester United have made nine changes for Watford FA Cup tie

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told the Manchester United players being handed a rare chance to impress against Watford to take their opportunity to show they should be involved more often.

Solskjaer has made nine changes for the Old Trafford tie, with only Dean Henderson and Scott McTominay retained from the side that faced Manchester City in midweek.

Only United, City and Tottenham, of Premier League sides, had a game in midweek and United are in action again on Tuesday when they face Burnley at Turf Moor.

Solskjaer insists that gave him little option but to make changes, but he’s laid down a challenge to those fringe players.

“One, players need a chance to get some game time, show what they can do, two it’s common sense in this period of the season,” he told MUTV about the reasons for his team selection.

“We had a midweek game last season which not many had, we’ve got a midweek game next week which not many have, so we had to make those changes.

“Some of these are desperate to play more and show what they can do and they get a chance tonight.”

Brandon Williams, Axel Tuanzebe, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Daniel James are among the fringe players given their chance, with Williams starting for only the third time this season, while Lingard makes just his second start and Tuanzebe his fourth.

“We see that [hard work] every day, we know how much work they put in and sometimes you need a reward, then get a chance to prove you should play in more games,” said Solskjaer.

Manchester Evening News