Manchester United crashed out of the Carabao Cup at the third round stage following a 1-0 defeat to West Ham at Old Trafford.

Manuel Lanzini scored the only goal of the game for the visitors in the 9th minute following a cutback from Ryan Fredericks.

Juan Mata came closest to bringing the scores level for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in the first half when his first time strike from a tight angle crashed against the bar.

Here are United’s three best players on what was a disappointing evening at the Theatre of Dreams…

Eric Bailly

Manchester United v West Ham United - Carabao Cup Third Round
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The 27-year-old was making his first United appearance of the season and instead of coming up against Michail Antonio, Bailly was up against Jarrod Bowen who gave Harry Maguire problems with his clever movement on Sunday.

Bailly looked sharp and was solid defensively when called upon. There were no erratic moments and most importantly he came through the game unscathed.

The issue for the Ivory Coast international could well be that following the Carabao Cup defeat, it’s difficult to see where his next appearance comes from, if Maguire, Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof all stay fit.

United’s centre back made five tackles, which was the joint highest in the game, three clearances and blocked two shots (WhoScored).

He also had 91 touches, only Nemanja Matic had more (101). He completed 68 out of his 73 attempted passes (93%).

Diogo Dalot

Manchester United v West Ham United - Carabao Cup Third Round
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Also making his first start of the season, Dalot was looking to get his side on the front foot and push forward at every opportunity.


The right-back was solid defensively once again and when we were trailing he had a real urgency to try and get his team back in the cup clash.

The 22-year-old looks a lot more comfortable defensively following his year out on loan in Italy with AC Milan.

With Aaron Wan-Bissaka suspended for the Champions League clash against Villarreal next week, Dalot looks ready to seize every chance he can get to stake his first eleven claim.

Dalot registered four tackles and completed 40 of his 47 passes (85%). He also made a game high six crosses, but unfortunately neither Edinson Cavani or Cristiano Ronaldo were available to be on the end of them.

Jesse Lingard

Manchester United v West Ham United - Carabao Cup Third Round
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After scoring two goals in two Premier League games, Lingard was given his first chance from the start of the match and you could tell United’s number 14 wanted to make an impression.

He was demanding the ball all the time and looked to inject some tempo into United’s play every time he got it.

There were some neat interchanges with Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial, but they were few and far between.

It was a surprise that Solskjaer brought off Lingard for Bruno Fernandes. Martial may have been a better option to be brought off and then Lingard and Fernandes could have had a chance to link up to good effect.

It was another positive performance from Lingard who was the man trying to carry his team back into the match.

He’s knocking on the door to start Premier League and Champions League games.

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