The road to a first trophy for Manchester United since 2017 is already over. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team was knocked out of the League Cup in the third round by West Ham on Wednesday (22 September). Manuel Lanzini won 1–0 after sweeping Ryan Fredericks from a cutback to give David Moyes his first win in management at Old Trafford – seven years after United fired him.
In the fourth round, West Ham will face another Manchester squad – City, winners of the previous four League Cup finals – as the London club chases down the first domestic trophy since the 1980 FA Cup. It was a completely changed United lineup for the team that won at West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday, so Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t feature. It is in the league after five rounds that United lead with Liverpool, who play in the League Cup at Preston.
United also lost their first game against the Young Boys in the Champions League group stage last week, featuring Cristiano Ronaldo.. “We know it’s going to be a long, long journey throughout the season,” Solskjaer said.
“Champions League, FA Cup, Premier League. We have a lot of games.”
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Chelsea went on to beat Aston Villa 4–3 on penalties, with Reece James scoring the deciding spot kick. The game was tied 1-1 for 90 minutes after Cameron Archer canceled the Chelsea opener with a header from James Cross to Timo Werner, the German’s first goal in 11 games. Chelsea will face Southampton in the fourth round.
Arsenal will host Leeds after beating AFC Wimbledon 3-0. Alexandre Lacazette’s penalty in the 11th minute was not made until the last 13 minutes when substitutes mile Smith Rowe and Eddie Neketia won over the third-tier side.
After Wolverhampton are ousted, Tottenham will face another Premier League side – Burnley. Tottenham escaped a scare after Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele took a secure 2-0 lead. Leander Dendonker and Daniel Podens leveled Wolves to force the game into penalties. But Ruben Neves, Dendonker and Connor Cody failed to score in the shootout as Tottenham won 3-2 on penalties. This was Nuno Espirito Santo’s second win at Wolves since leaving the club in the off-season, also winning the Premier League with Tottenham.
Ademola Lukman scored his first goal as Leicester won 2–0 at second-tier Millwall, knocking in a rebound after Kelechi Iheanacho saved a long-range shot. Iheanacho added a second goal late in the next round to secure a meeting with Brighton.
(with PTI input)