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MANCHESTER, England -- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Manchester United got away with a sloppy display against Watford to put themselves in the "driving seat" to finish in the top four.
Goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial earned a 2-1 win over an impressive Watford at Old Trafford to move Solskjaer's side up to fourth with seven games remaining, level on points with third-placed Tottenham.
"The first 20 minutes we started so slow and sloppy and you could see we have had players out with injuries and with the international break [have] not been able to train them," Solskjaer told a news conference.
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"It is one of them first games after international breaks that you know could be a potential banana skin.
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"We came away with a win, that is great but I think everyone knows we can perform better. Three points, you can't get more.
"There are four very good teams challenging for two places [in the top four]. We are almost in the driving seat. We have given ourselves a good chance."
Watford ended the game having had 20 shots at David De Gea -- 12 more than United managed -- but only Abdoulaye Doucoure's late consolation to show for it.
Solskjaer branded the FA Cup defeat to Wolves before the international break as the worst performance of his reign but suggested that had been trumped by what he had seen against Watford.
"After PSG that was a mental challenge after the high of that," said Solskjaer.
"We went to Arsenal, played really well and lost and then we had the chance to get to the semifinal. That was a poorer performance than when we lost to Wolves away."
One highlight for Solskjaer was the performance of Luke Shaw, who set up Rashford's goal with a wonderful pass through Watford's defence.
But it wasn't a productive afternoon for Paul Pogba. And Solskjaer admitted he may have made a mistake by deploying the Frenchman in a deeper position.
"Luke has got so much in his locker," said the Norwegian.
"He is exceptional going forward and I can't wait to see him blossom. I thought he was total class today until he got his cramp.
"Paul is important for us but we couldn't keep the ball today.
"We had 50-50 possession at home, you are a bit disappointed with that.
"Paul has been away, played two games with France. He was a bit deeper so that is something we may have to think about to get him more involved."