Mason Greenwood and Donny van de Beek blew their chance to impress boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United scraped past Watford in the FA Cup.

First-time skipper Scott McTominay’s early header sent United into tonight’s last-32 and last-16 draws.

But Greenwood, battling for a regular start up front, and rarely-used Holland midfielder Donny van de Beek performed tamely.

Instead it was Jesse Lingard who did the most from his own rare start, albeit tiring after the break.

On the transfer front, United are reportedly leading Arsenal and AC Milan in the battle for Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare.

The France Under-21 star has 18 months left on his contract.

But Bayern Munich defender David Alaba is regarded as more likely to join Real Madrid next summer than move to Old Trafford.

And finally, defender Ethan Laird, 19, is off to MK Dons on loan for the rest of the season.

He said: “This is the perfect place for me to continue developing. They are aggressive, they like to get in behind and they leave it all out on the pitch and that’s my idea of football.”



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