One route to a first trophy since 2017 is already over for Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team was knocked out of the League Cup in the third round by West Ham on Wednesday.
Manuel Lanzini clinched a 1-0 victory after sweeping in from Ryan Fredericks’ cutback to give David Moyes a first victory in management at Old Trafford — seven years after United fired him.
In the fourth round, West Ham will take on the other Manchester squad — City, winners of the last four League Cup finals — as the London club chases a first domestic trophy since the 1980 FA Cup.
It was a completely changed United lineup from the side that won at West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday so Cristiano Ronaldo did not feature. It is in the league after five rounds that United remains among the frontrunners with Liverpool, which plays at Preston next in the League Cup.
United also lost its opening game in the group stage of the Champions League last week against Young Boys.
“We know it’s going to be a long, long journey all season,” Solskjær said. “Champions League, FA Cup, Premier League. We have got loads of games.”