3 days ago, Manchester United had defeated West Ham in their domestic league tie. On Wednesday, it was West Ham’s turn to enjoy being the victor after handing the Reds a first-round exit at Old Trafford.
A Dismal Showing From Manchester United’s Second Squad
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the manager of Manchester United, has already led the team to the cup’s semi-finals two times. This time around the journey ended at the starting obstacle. In the closing moment of the game, Bruno Fernandes was sent out in the hopes that the match could still be saved. But, it did not happen.
David Moyes, the present manager of West Ham and Manchester United’s former manager, considered this win to be special. This is the first victory in the nine times he has met his former club. West Ham had scored the sole goal in the game early. Then they saw out the attacking threats with wits, luck, and guts. They face the Blue side of Manchester in the next round.
Solskjaer complained that Manchester United was sluggish on the night. He said that it was another slow start that needed to be addressed. He also pointed out that for long stretches, the squad did play well. However, even if the squad has 27 shots, if there is no goal to show for it then it is all for naught. The manager also considered the season to have started off on an alright footing, despite the disappointing cup results (both in the UCL and the Carabao).
The return fixture between Manchester United and West Ham featured a completely different starting 11. The only familiar face was Jesse Lingard, who had scored the match-winner in the previous fixture after coming on as a substitute.