Craig Cathcart felt Watford were unlucky not to take anything from their final day clash with Manchester United but believes the Hornets can be proud of their season.

Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game as United claimed a drab 1-0 win in a game lacking in genuine goalmouth action.

Watford stifled a much-changed United side for most of the game and Cathcart was quick to highlight a disciplined performance and a successful season as a whole.

“We wanted to come and put in a solid performance after securing Premier League football for another year,”

“I think we deserved more out of the game, but we can be proud of what we have done this season.

“It is massive to secure Premier League football and we want to build on what we achieve every year.”

A campaign which promised plenty in its opening stages fell flat during a mid-season malaise and Watford ultimately end the season 14th.

Struggling around the turn of the year is nothing new for Watford and Cathcart accepts finding greater consistency is a must going forward.

The Northern Irishman believes, though, that the foundations are in place for Watford to kick on next term and he is targeting a productive pre-season and top 10 finish in 2018/19.

“This year hasn’t gone as well as we would have liked and there have been ups and downs,” he said.

“Next season we can be confident and when we get back to pre-season we will want to be pushing into that top 10 and try to build on the success.

“For some reason there has been ups and downs and that is the same for a lot of clubs and maybe that is the way the league is.

“As I say, we are looking to improve and we will have a nice break now, before looking forward to getting back to pre-season and having a big push for the top 10.”