Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised his players for having a go in their defeat to West Ham in the Carabao Cup. The West Ham lineup had wholesale changes from the one that lost to the same opposition a few days ago in the Premier League. Man United put up a lacklustre performance and slumped to their first defeat against West Ham in 17 attempts. They were looking to go a couple of steps further than their semi-final defeat in the last two years. United too fielded a much-changed line-up but had the likes of Jesse Lingard, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial in the starting eleven along with Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood from the bench.
“It was a poor start again, that needs addressing,” Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. “After that, we played well for long periods and gave it a good go. Stats don’t mean anything but when you’ve got 27 shots you know the boys have given it a good go. We didn’t create big chances but we created pressure. Mason Greenwood had a big chance but sometimes that pressure doesn’t come to anything. Of course, in the last few minutes we had to go gung-ho and they could have scored another.”
“You want to go through but it’s a long season. Everyone gave it a good go. I can’t fault their attitude. We’ve got big games coming up and that’s the decision we made.” he added. “We’re at the start of the season, we know it’s going to be a long journey. Champions League, FA Cup, Premier League – we’ve got lots of games. We just keep doing what we’re doing to try and get results. We’ve started the season OK, apart from being out of this cup, which isn’t great. And we haven’t had a good result in Europe but we’ll be ready for Saturday.”