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Is ‘giving it a try’ now enough for Manchester United?
Yes, it was the Carabao Cup. Yes, there was enough effort to keep tonight from being a disaster in the office for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. But Manchester United came out of another competition without leaving a trace.
United are yet to win a piece of silverware under Solskjaer with the four-year-old club’s run without a trophy the longest barren run since 1989. It doesn’t look like it will end anytime soon after this loss and a loss of the evening opening against Young Boys in the Champions League. Solskjaer may point to a strong Premier League start as proof for his skeptics, but the real time to define this United side in terms of their ability to fight for the title will be when Liverpool, Manchester City or Chelsea are out the door.
“We played well for a long time and we played well… statistics don’t mean anything, but when you have 27 shots you know the boys played well,” Solskjaer said after Manuel Lanzini’s opening goal. gave West Ham their first victory at Old Trafford since 2007. He finished 1-0. Over the rest of the game, West Ham created enough to win 3-0.
For a man who had just let slip another trophy opportunity, Solskjaer didn’t seem too worried.
Frankly speaking, Manchester United’s reserves should beat West Ham’s reserves, especially when each of Solskjaer’s starting XI are international players. And, whisper it softly, Jadon Sancho cost the club £ 73million. He was marked with confidence and tenacity by Mark Noble, 34.
Sancho, of course, needs time to release his true colors, but more could have been expected from him. The same could be said of Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles, Victor Lindelof, the list goes on, all of whom were dominated and beaten by their counterpart on the night. The 70,000 Old Trafford fans probably deserve better than just seeing their players “give it a try.”
Solskjaer could find out as soon as possible.