Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended Watford following questions he described as "disrespectful" during his press conference after Saturday's game.

The new United boss was asked if he thought his team should be performing better against "a side like Watford" and did not appreciate the suggestion that the Hornets are somehow an inferior side. 

"What do you mean 'against a side like Watford?'" he replied to the journalist who asked the original question.

He then added: "Watford are a good team, they're playing in the semi-final of the FA Cup, they've got some very good players, play well on the counter attack as well.

"They had a couple more shots than us, I don't think you're giving them any true respect there, they're seventh in the league, or eighth in the league.

"Along with Wolves they're the best two teams apart from the top six. 

"Of course you'd like to dominate games, but we weren't able to."

The Norwegian admitted that he thought the Hornets had the better of the game in the first half and described their display as "dominant" and said United were made to defend.

He said: "You know they might be a potential banana skin because Watford are a good side and they didn't have too many players away on international break. 

"I think they deserved to take the lead, but after we scored after that counter attack, I thought the rest of first half I thought we played some great counter attacking stuff.

"We defended well, we had to because they were dominant."