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Solskjaer slams Manchester United

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has criticised his players for the way they played in the first half of their 2-0 defeat at Watford.

The Red Devils were stunned by two quick second-half goals that gave Watford their first home win of the season at Vicarage Road on Sunday.

Goalkeeper David de Gea made a howler to gift the home side the lead in the 50th minute before Troy Deeney doubled Watford’s advantage with a penalty four minutes later.

And following the humbling defeat, Solskjaer said that there were “no excuses” for his side’s poor showing which leaves them eighth in the Premier League heading into Christmas.

“The first half could have easily been my testimonial. Maybe it would have been a better atmosphere in my testimonial to be fair,” said the 46-year-old Norwegian.

“It was very subdued, slow, no tempo, urgency, any bit of encouragement their crowd got was when we gave them set plays and we gifted them two goals as well in the second half.”

“The first one is a freak goal, a mistake. The second one as well is a bad mistake making that tackle. Two goals in three or four minutes made it hard for us.”

Meanwhile for Watford, the victory was the first for new boss Nigel Pearson – and ended a dismal club-record run of 12 Premier League home games without a win.

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