Manchester United are out of the Carabao Cup after succumbing to defeat against West Ham on Wednesday. David Moyes’ side’s early goal proved to be enough as a toothless United exits the competition are the earliest possible stage.
United started the game on backfoot, with the visitors immediately taking control of affairs at Old Trafford. They were rewarded for their brave start, as Manuel Lanzini put them inside 10 minutes.
It was an uncharacteristically slow start for Manchester United, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now backed his side to make an improvement on that in their next game against Aston Villa.
“The first 10 minutes we were slow, pedestrian both in possession and out of possession,” the manager told a press conference, following the defeat by the Hammers,” the manager is quoted as saying by the official Manchester United website.
“That is something we have to address and we do address. I wasn’t very pleased with the start at all, no. The response was great again but we can’t find ourselves in these situations and expect to get the wins that we have done, fantastically in the last year and a half. We need to start games better.”
It’s only the first time since the 2018/19 season United don’t partake in further than the first round of the Carabao Cup and although no trophies are handed out until next year, it won’t be the silverware to end United’s drought.
The fourth-round draw was conducted after the game and should United have gone through, they would have faced Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City for the third straight season in the tournament.