Manchester United’s second string players fail to shine at the Theatre of Dreams. An early strike from Manuel Lanzini sinks the Red Devils!
West Ham United got revenge against Manchester United for Sunday’s Premier League defeat, by knocking their hosts out of the Carabao Cup away at Old Trafford.
Manuel Lanzini’s 9th-minute effort was his 1st goal in nearly a year and only his 2nd since May 2019. However, it was enough to take David Moyes’ West Ham outfit into the last 16 of the Carabao Cup and knock Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Manchester United out!
First-team regulars Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood came off the bench in the 2nd half, but they couldn’t change the game to the home side’s advantage, in a performance that exposed Solskjaer’s pre-match talk about the strength in depth of his squad as ridiculously hollow.
Lanzini’s goal was a fair reward for West Ham’s fantastic start to the game. Ryan Fredericks got between Alex Telles and Jadon Sancho, before finding a low cross back to the completely unmarked Argentinian, who netted into the bottom corner, as a static Manchester United defence looked on.
In the final 5 minutes, the visitors had 3 golden chances to kill off the tie, but Andriy Yarmolenko, Mark Noble, and Jarrod Bowen all produced off-target efforts. At the final whistle though, it didn’t matter.
This was the 1st win at Old Trafford for West Ham since Carlos Tevez’s match-winning strike in 2007 that kept them in the Premier League and their 1st in a cup competition since Paolo di Canio scored the only goal in an FA Cup game in 2001.
West Ham’s reward for progressing into the Carabao Cup’s last 16 is a showdown with Manchester City on the 25th of October. That game may be even tougher for West Ham. However, as the game is to be played at the London Stadium, combined with the fact that City will continue to play their youngsters, Moyes’ men will be hopeful of victory!