West Ham gained revenge for Sunday’s dramatic Premier League defeat at Manchester United by knocking their hosts out of the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford.
Both teams met for the second time in the space of four days, with the Hammers licking their wounds from the previous meeting following a last-minute penalty miss by the experienced Mark Noble.
Noble, who was brought off the bench just to take the penalty kick, missed a golden opportunity to earn vital points for his team but West Ham were determined not to suffer the same fate twice.
Manuel Lanzini’s ninth-minute effort, his first goal in almost 12 months and only his second since May 2019, proved enough to take David Moyes’ men into the last 16.
Not even the second-half introductions of Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood could swing the game United’s way in a performance that exposed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pre-match chat about the strength of his squad as somewhat hollow.
Lanzini’s goal was just reward for West Ham’s flying start. Ryan Fredericks eased between Jadon Sancho and Alex Telles before cutting a low cross back to the Argentine, who finished into the bottom corner.
Three times in the final five minutes the visitors should have wrapped up victory, but Andriy Yarmolenko, Mark Noble and Jarrod Bowen all failed to hit the target. In the end though, it didn’t matter.
It was the first Old Trafford triumph for the Hammers since Carlos Tevez’s match winner in 2007 kept them in the Premier League – and their first in a cup competition since Paolo di Canio scored the only goal in an FA Cup meeting in 2001.
For United and Solskjaer it is an early end to their hopes of securing the first available silverware of the season, and ending the wait for a trophy that stretches back to 2017.
Questions have also been raised about Solskjaer’s team selection and management, with many questioning his decision not to name Cristiano Ronaldo in the squad.