Van de Beek and Co miss chance to impress before late Fernandes show fails to spark comeback

MANCHESTER UNITED were dumped out of the Carabao Cup after shock defeat by West Ham.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s much-changed side failed to create enough chances to trouble the Hammers at Old Trafford.

Manchester United fell to a shock Carabao Cup final defeat on Wednesday


Manchester United fell to a shock Carabao Cup final defeat on WednesdayCredit: Getty

Manuel Lanzini’s early strike did the damage and extended the United manager’s wait for a major trophy.

Here, SunSport’s George Moore delivers his verdict on the Red Devils’ performers.

Dean Henderson – 6

Nothing he could have done about Lanzini’s goal and a couple of really good saves late on gave his side a chance.

A decent return to the Man Utd side for Dean Henderson.

Diogo Dalot – 5

Saw a lot of the ball and was as industrious as ever down the right flank but couldn’t make a real impact on his return to the side.

Tried to get forward when he could, but looked a little bit out of sorts.

Victor Lindelof – 5

Looked a little bit short of confidence after being displaced as a starter by Raphael Varane and didn’t make as many forward passes as he normally does.

Didn’t do much wrong, but was less than his best in a team that needed some leadership.


Eric Bailly – 5

Didn’t do too much wrong but gave the ball away once or twice and wasted a few headers from attacking set-pieces.

Will be having nightmares about Jarrod Bowen tonight.

Alex Telles – 4

Was skinned for Lanzini’s opener and hooked in the second-half. A difficult return to Old Trafford for Telles.

For a full-back known for his attacking contributions, he offered very little tonight.

West Ham took a 1-0 win in the Carabao Cup third round


West Ham took a 1-0 win in the Carabao Cup third roundCredit: Getty

Nemanja Matic – 5

The 33-year-old Serbian made a telling contribution with his assist for Jesse Lingard on Sunday, but was not able to make any real impact today.

Donny van de Beek – 5

Should have been tracking Lanzini when he scored.

Struggled to link play between defence and attack and had a couple of shots from distance that he’ll want to forget.

Jesse Lingard – 6

Was Man Utd’s best player until he came off and was sacrificed for Bruno Fernandes.

Combined well with Sancho and Martial at times and had a couple of decent shots, but just didn’t have luck on his side.

Jesse Lingard was unable to score again past his old club


Jesse Lingard was unable to score again past his old clubCredit: Reuters

Juan Mata – 5

Struggled to get into the game and looked a bit off the pace on the right wing.

Masuaku had a good night for West Ham, but Mata will be disappointed not to contribute more.

Jadon Sancho – 6

Showed more attacking threat than most of his teammates but was unable to get past the solid West Ham backline.

Another frustrating night for Sancho.

Anthony Martial – 4

Did himself no favours trying to get back into the team tonight. Really struggled to make an impact and looked totally out of his depth playing through the middle.

Had a difficult night up against the West Ham back three.

Even Bruno Fernandes couldn't spark United into a comeback


Even Bruno Fernandes couldn’t spark United into a comebackCredit: AP


Mason Greenwood – 6

Was dangerous from the moment he came on and nearly levelled things up straight away but couldn’t quite find a breakthrough.

Had a decent chance from the edge of the area which went well wide, summing up Man Utd’s night.

Bruno Fernandes – 6

Was instantly as dangerous as ever and looked like he could have helped his side find an equaliser if he’d come on sooner.

Wasn’t his night as he struggled to combine with his attackers as well as normal, mainly due to solid West Ham defending.

Anthony Elanga – 5

Didn’t really have an impact at all when he came on and struggled to get involved in the play.

Was isolated out of position at left-back after replacing Telles.


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