Manuel Lanzini’s early goal avenged West Ham United’s defeat to Manchester United, as The Hammers knocked the Premier League title contenders out of the Carabao Cup with a 1-0 win at Old Trafford.
The Argentine’s 10th minute sweeping finish from Ryan Fredericks’ excellent cut-back was enough to secure progression into the next round over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
The intensity, bite, and directness United displayed when they fell behind to the Clarets at the London Stadium was not replicated under the lights Old Trafford.
21 changes were made between the two managers, with West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen being the only player to start both last weekend’s contest and the League Cup tie.
United improved in the second half and forced goalkeeper Alphonse Areola into several saves, but the breakthrough did not happen, and West Ham hung on to progress to the next round.
According to Dailystar Sport below are three things Solskjaer got wrong against the Hammers.
Midfield partnership selection
Solskjaer also deployed the Dutchman alongside Matic in the 2-1 defeat to Young Boys in the Champions League, so it was a surprise the Norwegian opted for the two alongside each other again.
It started terribly, with van de Beek giving the ball away in the build-up to Lanzini’s goal.
The former Ajax man just does not look comfortable sitting in front of the back four, with the 24-year-old often getting stranded in the middle.
When Solskjaer’s side decided to spend £40million on the Dutchman, most of his appearances for Ajax came as an No.8 or a No.10 midfielder.
But, Solskjaer is persisting with him as part of a defensive midfield pivot – whether he continues to deploy him in front of the back four, if at all, remains to be seen.
Van de Beek did improve in the second half where he looked to be playing in a more advanced position.
He lofted a perfect pass for Greenwood to latch on to, but the youngster could not get the purchase on his effort to beat Alphonse Areola in the West Ham goal.
The back four
Alex Telles made his first appearance of the season after a long absence, and he certainly looked like he had not played a match since July.
The Brazilian was nut-megged by Fredericks, who proceeded to cut the ball back for Lanzini to sweep home and give the Hammers the lead.
It was a poor moment for the experienced 28-year-old who really should not have made life so easy for Fredericks.
Diogo Dalot put in some very promising crosses, but he seemed to struggle with the overlapping runs of West Ham’s Arthur Masuaku.
Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly also looked lost in West Ham’s opener as they could not decide whether to track the on-rushing Jarrod Bowen or hold their ground to try and block the cross.
However, Telles certainly did not do the central defenders any favours, and his first-half mistake was costly to United.
A complete overhaul
Both managers effectively overhauled their side due to the quick turnaround, but Solskjaer’s changes did not appear to work as well as Moyes’
While the Hammers also fielded a completely different starting eleven, every player was played in their natural position except for Bowen who is naturally a winger rather than a forward.
Another defensive midfielder or a ball player was desperately needed for United as West Ham cut through their midfield like butter.
Jadon Sancho did need a start with the new signing yet to open his goalscoring or assist account with the Red Devils, since arriving from Borussia Dortmund for £71m.
But United had Mason Greenwood on the bench, who has started brilliantly but has failed to score in his last two matches.
Solskjaer’ said he wants to manage the minutes of his key players, but he desperately needed some of them on the pitch against the Hammers.