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Three things Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got wrong in Man Utd’s West Ham defeat

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.

Under Old Trafford, United’s intensity, bite and directness when they lost to the Clarets at London Stadium were not duplicated.

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 showed improvement in the second period and Alphonse Areola, West Ham’s goalkeeper, had to make several saves. However, West Ham continued on to the next round.

Daily Star Sport takes a look at three things Solskjaer got wrong against the Hammers.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named a makeshift side to face West Ham
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named a makeshift side to face West Ham

Midfield partnership selection

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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.

Van de Beek, a former Ajax player, is not comfortable sitting in front the back four. The 24-year-old finds himself often stuck 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 looked more comfortable in the second period, where he was playing in a more advanced role.

Greenwood was able to grab the ball from Van de Beek, but the youngster couldn’t get the buy on his attempt to beat Alphonse Iola in West Ham’s goal.

The back four

Fredericks puts the ball through Telles' legs in the build-up to West Ham's goal
Fredericks puts the ball through Telles’ legs in the build-up to West Ham’s goal

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.

Fredericks nut-mated the Brazilian, and then proceeded to give the ball back to Lanzini for him to score the goal.

Fredericks, a 28-year-old veteran, was not pleased with the situation.

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.

Telles did not do United any favors in the first half, as his mistake.

A complete overhaul

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made 11 changes for the League Cup tie against West Ham
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made 11 changes for the League Cup tie against West Ham

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.

United needed a defensive midfielder or ball player to break through their midfield.

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.

United had Mason Greenwood, who although he has been a great player has not scored 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.

Three things Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got wrong in Man Utd's West Ham defeat
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