Alex Telles’ creative stats the highlight as captain-for-the-night McTominay guides Man United into FA Cup 4th-round

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Manchester United booked their spot in the last-32 of the FA Cup this evening, with a hard-fought victory over Watford.

Alex Telles’ creative stats the highlight as captain-for-the-night McTominay guides Man United into FA Cup 4th-round

McTominay makes the difference

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men welcomed the Hornets to Old Trafford a short time ago, for the respective sides’ FA Cup opener.

The Red Devils of course entered proceedings in search of an immediate bounce-back result, having been dumped out of the League Cup by Manchester City during the week.

And, when all was said and done this evening, get back on track is precisely what United managed.

An altogether uninspired 90 minutes of action eventually saw the hosts emerge on the right side of a 1-0 scoreline.

The game’s only goal came inside the opening 5 minutes, when Alex Telles’ whipped corner from the left was nodded home off the inside of the far post by Scott McTominay:

Speaking on the back of the full-time whistle at Old Trafford, match-winner McTominay opened up on his pride at being named United captain for the night, explaining:

‘For me when the manager told me [he was going to be captain], it was a surreal moment. I’ve been here since I was five years old, it’s been my whole life and it was a real honour for me.’

Telles the outlet

Amid a 90 minutes where so few truly impressed from an individual standpoint at Old Trafford, meanwhile, the statistics surrounding Alex Telles’ creative exploits have since taken centre stage online.

The Brazilian, who has endured a largely hit-and-miss start to life in England, proved a key outlet down the left flank this evening.

This is evidenced by the fact that Telles, as highlighted below, created six goalscoring opportunities versus Watford, twice as many as any other player on the pitch:

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