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United suffer Hammer blow in 3rd round cup defeat

Manchester United suffer Hammer blow in 3rd round cup defeat at home to West Ham.

Manchester United were knocked out of the Carabao Cup in the 3rd round last night following a 0-1 loss at home to West Ham. Having made 11 changes to the starting lineup, United started the game poorly…AGAIN! A pattern that is becoming far too familiar. West Ham looked lively and deserved the lead after 9 minutes following a nice bit of play from Ryan Fredricks, who pulled the ball back to an unmarked Lanzini to tap home from 8 yards out.

That ended up being the only goal of the game and a very frustrating watch for United fans. Below I share with you my player ratings, and ask the question of whether or not anyone that came into the lineup last night deserves more game time in the future?

Dean Henderson

Henderson returned following an injury-filled summer.
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It was nice to see Dean Henderson back in goal for United following his battle with a hip injury over the summer and the long covid that he has suffered. With David De Gea however in a very rich vein of form, it is unlikely that Henderson will reclaim the number one spot this season unless something drastic happens. Last night Henderson had a solid game. Could do nothing for the goal and made some big saves at the end of the game to keep United at 0-1. Poor distribution however throughout. Needs work.

Match Rating – 7

Diogo Dalot

Dalot was looking to impress the boss.
Image Credit: Sky Sports

I feel the right-back spot for United is a position that is really up for grabs, but Dalot didn’t take his opportunity to impress last night. He wasn’t terrible by all means, but he didn’t show anything different from what Wan-Bissaka brings to the table. Just an average performance from the Portuguese man.

Match rating – 6

Victor Lindelof

A solid performance from the iceman.
Image Credit: Sky News

Since the arrival of Raphael Varane in the summer, Victor Lindelof has been demoted to 3rd choice centre-half. Having had a tidy start to the season in Varane’s absence in the first two games, Lindelof kept up that form last night with a solid performance at the back. He and Bailly were rarely threatened and contained West Ham well.

Match rating – 7

Eric Bailly

Eric Bailly played 90 mins without injury.
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Same as Lindelof, had a very solid game last night and kept Jarrod Bowen reasonably quiet. Good to see him come through 90 minutes unscathed. Needs to remain injury-free to stand any chance of making it into the team.

Match rating – 7

Alex Telles

Alex Telles had a torrid time last night.
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Rushed back from injury into the team last night and it showed. No match sharpness, well off the pace. Skinned by Fredricks for the goal. Offered nothing as an attacking outlet. I will give him the Benefit of the doubt for having no match fitness, but won’t be troubling Luke Shaw for a starting berth.

Match rating – 5

Nemanja Matic

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I thought Matic was our most lively player in the first half and that says it all. Always tried a forward pass. Slowed down in 2nd half. Another display that was just OK. Nothing spectacular.

Match Rating – 6

Donny Van De Beek

Another lacklustre performance from the Dutchman.
Image Credit: Evening Standard

For a man who has been desperate to play and has even had his agent demanding he get more minutes, he doesn’t show me anything when he plays. Of course, a run of games might change that, but in the position that he is in, he has to take the chances when they’re given, and unfortunately, Donny doesn’t show me that he is good enough to be ahead of Mctominay or Pogba in the number 6 role. Another average performance last night showing a lot of energy but that was about it. Lost his man by ball watching for the goal. Disappointing.

Match rating – 6

Jadon Sancho

Another steady game for Sancho, 90 minutes in the tank, needs to be more direct.
Image Credit: Marca

Another player who is just easing his way back into football following a long summer and little to no pre-season. Looked lively in the first half and had some nice touches and passing. Faded away in the 2nd half. Needs to be less conservative and attack the fullbacks more. Notoriously a slow starter, will come good no doubt. First goal or assist and he will be a lot more confident.

Match rating – 6

Juan Mata

Juan Mata was unlucky not to score last night.
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Forced the best save of the match from Areola in the West Ham goal with an exquisitely controlled volley from an acute angle. Tired in the 2nd half and made way for Mason Greenwood at the 60-minute mark.

Match rating – 6

Jesse Lingard

A frustrating night for Jesse Lingard
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Looked lively and seemed to be trying just that little bit too hard to get a goal. Should have been awarded a penalty when Mark Noble was tugging on all sorts of material in the first half.

Match rating – 6

Anthony Martial

Another opportunity to impress, another opportunity not taken. Was that his last chance?
Image Credit: Manchester Evening News

Honestly, don’t get me started on this man. He has had chance after chance after chance after chance. He has played left wing and Striker. And he just doesn’t do anything. The most frustrating player I think I have ever seen in my time as a United fan. The lack of effort and desire is obvious to see on the pitch. Makes no effort to change. Needs to be dropped from the squad completely. Time is up.

Match rating – 3


Mason Greenwood

Changed the game when he came on for Juan Mata. Showed more attacking threat in the first minute he was on than Martial did in 90. Unlucky not to score.

Match rating – 7

Bruno Fernandes

Came on and was evidently just trying to force something and nothing came off.

Match rating – 6

Anthony Elanga

Came on for Alex Telles and seemingly started at left-back. Pushed further forward towards the end of the game but to no effect.

Match rating – 5

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