Manchester United captain Scott McTominay was delighted to prove the matchwinner in their FA Cup defeat of Watford.

McTominay celebrated captaining Manchester United for the first time with the early winner which saw off Championship visitors Watford in an unconvincing FA Cup third round win.

The Scotland midfielder led United out with Harry Maguire on the bench and put the hosts ahead with a downward header from Alex Telles’ corner for the only goal of the game.

He said afterwards, “We started really well and then for the first half an hour we were really good, moved the ball really well and there was some good combination play.

“Then we couldn’t find it after that as well. The second half I didn’t think we played anywhere near our level.

“For the boys coming into the team it is difficult, they haven’t played for a long time. The manager said ‘get your rhythm’ and he probably wasn’t expecting the rhythm we got in the first 30 minutes. But then there were some tired minds. But credit to the boys.”

On being made captain for the night, he added: “When the manager told me it was a surreal moment. I’ve been here since I had just turned five, so that’s 18 or 19 years associated with the club and it is a huge honour. I love this club and it has been my whole life.”