Manchester United have crashed out of this season’s Carabao Cup after they were defeated by West Ham in the third round. The east-London side made the trip to Old Trafford following the dramatic Premier League encounter four days ago.
West Ham applied some early pressure on the makeshift backline at United and eventually, it paid off. Manuel Lanzini gave the visitors a deserved 1-0 lead but as far as forwarding strides, that’s where it ended for David Moyes’ side.
Manchester United took control of the game and were unlucky to be trailing at half-time. Changes were made after the interval, with Mason Greenwood’s introduction having a significant bearing on the game.
The 19-year-old was a positive influence but failed to claw his side back into the game, leaving United with their earliest exit out of the tournament since the 2018/19 season.
“We had a poor start, then some good bits and then towards the end when we went gung ho, we opened ourselves up and of course they could have scored a few more,” Solskjaer is quoted as saying by the official Manchester United website.
“I thought the boys gave it a real good go, worked really hard and we ended up with 27 shots which is quite remarkable. Maybe you could see some players needing minutes but that’s natural.”
The manager will be disappointed to be out of the competition but the focus will immediately turn back to the Premier League as the visit of Aston Villa awaits on Saturday.