Revenge for West Ham United. It was the first win for David Moyes as an away coach at the club which saw him ousted after just ten months.
More Cup mourning for Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke about the importance of the first trophy for this new team under him.
After five semi-finals and one final they were at least knocking on the door.
Now in this season’s Carabao Cup, which is the easiest to win, they have been pushed out of the front gate with this third round exit.
For Moyes, a win may not have meant as much as it tasted sweet when the two teams met on Sunday after losing three points.
Manuel Lanzini’s ninth-minute strike was the difference, although the home side would point to a very legitimate penalty claim being turned down soon. more later.
Of the two starting elevens that faced each other last Sunday, only Jarrod Bowen survived.
But there was no dearth of entertainment in this blazing game.
Dean Henderson made his maiden start in goal for the Red Devils as long-term Covid ruined the start of the season.
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To think he would have started the campaign ahead of David de Gea if he was okay.
Now De Gea is back at number two after a good start to the season and will be looking for a loan move to return to first team football in the new year.
It was certainly De Gea who produced injury time leaving Mark Noble’s penalty spot at London Stadium on Sunday.
It came just moments after Jesse Lingard proved to be a resounding winner against the club he helped on loan to Europe last season.
He is now back at United and started his first game last night since a 1-0 win over Watford in the FA Cup in January.
What he performed before a full house and biggest crowd at the competition at Old Trafford in five years.
He was undoubtedly the biggest threat to the home side and deserved a first-half penalty.
The fact that VAR is not used until the semi-final stage of the competition undoubtedly dissuaded him when in the 12th minute he replaced Mark Noble, who pulled off his shirt causing him to go down.
Noble, who came last on Sunday to collect the penalty and missed, heaved a sigh of relief.
By that time West Ham had taken the lead by scoring goals.
Ryan Fredericks gave a nutmeg to Alex Telles on the right and charged the byline to drag the ball back to the side foot in the far corner for an unmarked Manuel Lanzini.
Unfortunately for Fredericks he injured himself setting the target and left shortly after.
There was a real slow pace to the game and for the night captain Nemanja charged into the box before slicing a ball to Matic Anthony Martial.
Unfortunately Marshall’s scoring boot is long missing and he cuts a shot from the far post well.
He has now scored in one of his last 24 appearances for United when he struck a pair in their 9-0 destruction of Southampton last February.
Juan Mata came close to a brilliant equalizer when his own corner came back to him and his shot from a tight angle was blown off by Hammer’s goalkeeper Alfonso Ariola.
There was no change in the brakes, but as the clock crossed the hour mark with the score, Solskjaer knew he needed more firepower.
There was no Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench but Mason Greenwood was there and he came for Mata.
Within a minute he almost had the level of the Red Devils.
Donny van de Beek found him with a brilliant chipped through ball that Greenwood controlled and sent in a movement only for Areola to save from his feet.
United then broke up with Tails, finding Jadon Sancho, who charged forward and squared for Lingard, but his shot was charged.
It was actually 100mph of stuff back and forth, which left the crowd mesmerized.
More reinforcements were called for off the bench by Solskjaer along with Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Elanga.
However why the utterly ineffective Marshall remained on the pitch and the excellent Lingard came out in the 72nd-minute swap was unclear.
Some of the fizz went out on the home side as he exited.
In fact West Ham came the closest to adding to the score sheet when Andrey Yarmolenko cut the post with four minutes remaining.
Then Henderson came to the rescue when Noble cleared through.
When Bowen was hit with a shot, he again saved an arm at his nearest post.
West Ham became stronger. For the hammers, redemption for Sunday’s last gasp heartbreak.