The Hammers suffered a gut-wrenching 2-1 defeat against United in the Premier League on Sunday when David De Gea saved Mark Noble’s stoppage-time penalty after Jesse Lingard’s late winner. But David Moyes’ men got a measure of revenge three days later as Manuel Lanzini’s first half goal dumped United out in the third round.
Solskjaer made 11 changes and Moyes opted for 10 alterations, with West Ham’s understudies making the most of their moment in the spotlight. Ryan Fredericks ghosted past Alex Telles and cut back for Lanzini to sweep past United goalkeeper Dean Henderson in the ninth minute. Fredericks had to leave the field of play shortly afterwards due to injury, but that was enough for Moyes to secure a first win over United since they sacked the Scot after less than a season in charge in 2014.
Man Utd hit the crossbar through Juan Mata in the first half and had plenty of chances to level the scores, but they were unable to break down West Ham’s rock solid defence.
Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes were brought on in the second period and the former was denied by a fine save by goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, but it was not to be from a Man Utd perspective.
In fact, West Ham should have scored a second in the closing stages, but Yarmolenko somehow hit the post when it was easier to score and then Dean Henderson denied Mark Noble after Jarrod Bowen had squared the ball to him. Fortunately for them, they were not made to pay for their wastefulness and they held on until the final whistle.
It was the away side’s first victory at Old Trafford since 2007 and they now host Man City in the last 16 of the competition.