Manchester United 0-1 West Ham United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side CRASH OUT of the Carabao Cup as Manuel Lanzini’s early goal sends the Red Devils to an early exit… as another chance for a trophy begs
- Manuel Lanzini gave West Ham a deserved early lead with a cool finish past goalkeeper Dean Henderson
- A heavily altered Manchester United base standings struggled to break through against the resilient team of David Moyes
- Andriy Yarmolenko could have sealed the Hammers’ progress late, but hit the post with a gaping goal
- Still, West Ham survived – despite Utd having 27 shots on target – and advanced to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has yet to win a trophy as Man United boss and another chance has now passed him by
As the West Ham players partied in a corner of Old Trafford, Mark Noble stepped out of the pack and blew fans a big kiss. He licked the applause for as long as he could, then turned to hug his teammates one by one.
Who can blame him?
Just three days earlier, Noble had been the cheater. The substitute was summoned off the bench at London Stadium to take an injury time penalty which was saved by David de Gea after Jesse Lingard scored what turned out to be the winning goal for Manchester United.
Manchester United crashed out of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night as West Ham retaliated for their league loss
Manuel Lanzini’s cool finish in the 10th minute was enough in the end – despite the Hammers missing some late chances
Manchester United’s much-changed base started sloppy and never recovered from an early goal
If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to deliver a trophy this season to secure his future, he could rule out the Carabao Cup
Jadon Sancho, a summer big-money signing, started for United on Wednesday but struggled to influence proceedings
MATCH FACTS AND REVIEWS
MAN UTD (4-2-3-1): Henderson 6; Dalot 6, Bailly 6.5, Lindelof 6, Telles 5 (Elanga 72, 6); Van de Beek 5.5, Matic 5; Mata 6.5 (Greenwood 61, 6.5), Lingard 7 (Fernandes 72, 6), Sancho 5.5; martial 5
Subtitles: Heaton, Jones, Wan-Bissaka, McTominay.
Manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 5
WESTHAM (4-2-3-1): areola 7; Fredericks 6.5 (Coufal 17, 6.5), Dawson 7, Diop 6.5, Johnson 6; Bead 6.5, Noble 7.5; Yarmolenko 7, Lanzini 7 (Fornals 69, 6), Masuaku 6 (Vlasic 69, 6); Bowen 6.5
Subs: Randolph, Zouma, Coufal, Fornals, Ogbonna, Benrahma
Goalscorer: Lanzini 9
Manager: David Moyes 7
Referee: Jon Moss 7
Wednesday night at Old Trafford brought redemption. It may just be the Carabao Cup, and the wholesale changes by both teams meant Jared Bowen was the only player of the 22 lined up on Sunday to start this tie, but it was still watched by a crowd of 72,468 – the biggest at Old Trafford for five years in this league.
This could well be Noble’s last appearance before he hangs up his boots next summer after 18 years with the Hammers.
The 34-year-old played like a man determined to make it up as he delivered a captaincy game on his first start since April to help his team secure a fourth-round draw against Manchester City.
Noble had little luck not conceding a penalty when he pulled Lingard down early – though no luckier than United skipper Nemanja Vidic who escaped the penalty for a knee to Vladimir Coufal’s groin in the second half – and a could have scored when he was eventually refused one-on-one by Dean Henderson.
“Sunday night at home I felt sick as a pig, but you wake up in the morning and go to work out to get ready for Wednesday,” Noble said.
“All in all it’s a great night for West Ham and a great night for myself. Wins at Manchester United are rare.’
West Ham took the lead within nine minutes after a lively start that saw early opportunities for Bowen and Alex Kral.
Ryan Fredericks appeared to be boxed in on the right wing but managed to squeeze between Alex Telles and Jadon Sancho on his way to the bye-line. Fredericks withdrew the ball even though it led to an injury that caused him to withdraw shortly after, and Manuel Lanzini swept a shot past Henderson.
United absorbed the early blow and grew in the game, although they lacked a forward up front and that penalty appeal was rejected for Noble’s challenge on Lingard.
“It’s another clear penalty for Jesse,” said Solskjaer, who saw United dismiss three similar appeals on Sunday. “Mark Noble falls and pulls him down, but you can’t dwell on that for too long.”
Juan Mata rattled the crossbar from a difficult angle, Anthony Martial’s quirky close-range finish betrayed his lack of confidence at the moment, and Alphonse Areola turned a stinging effort from 25 yards away from Lingard to end an entertaining first half.
It was a similar story after the break when Mata snapped in a pass to Sancho, who hooked before substitute Mason Greenwood was sent off by Donny van de Beek, but failed to beat Areola.
Donny van de Beek was one of United’s starters against West Ham, pictured fighting for the ball with match winner Lanzini
Bruno Fernandes was introduced with 18 minutes to go but was unable to make a match-leveling opening at Old Trafford
Solskjaer sent Bruno Fernandes for the final stages but it was West Ham who came closest to scoring another goal when Andriy Yarmolenko hit the post.
So if Solskjaer really needs to deliver a trophy this season to secure his future as United manager, he could already rule out the Carabao Cup.
There are many at United who would dispute that theory, claiming that a season like the last – second in the league and place in a European final – would beat, say, winning this trophy and falling flat in the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.
“Every game is important, but you can see from the team selection that we have always used this competition when I was here at the club to give minutes to those who need it.
“It’s a long, long season. I’ve never won this tournament. It’s a trophy I’d love to have, but that hunt will continue. We made decisions to get the team up to speed.”
David Moyes congratulates his players full-time on his first win at Old Trafford since his own failed stint at the club
Victor Lindelof (almost) is one of United players full-time in shock as another chance for a trophy begs