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Manchester United: Anthony Martial was poor against West Ham

Manchester United were dumped out of the Carabao Cup in the third round after West Ham gained revenge for Sunday’s last-minute Premier League defeat.

Manuel Lanzini’s early strike, his first in almost 12 months, was enough to see off a lacklustre Red Devils side who made a full 11 changes from the weekend’s victory.

Not even the second-half introductions of Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood could swing the game in the host’s favour, but one player struggled more than most on a disappointing night at Old Trafford.

Anthony Martial was tasked with leading the line for United; his first start since an underwhelming performance in the second game of the season saw him substituted after an hour against Southampton.

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But the 25-year-old failed to grasp his opportunity to impress. As per SofaScore, he received a match rating of just 6.9 out of 10, highlighting his ineffectiveness in front of goal.

The France international won just three of his nine duels during the 90 minutes as he constantly struggled to hold the ball up against the physically imposing Issa Diop and Craig Dawson.

As a result, Martial only had 36 touches, one shot on target and failed to make any key passes, illustrating his lack of productivity in the final third and how the visitors kept him at bay with ease.

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He failed to make his mark on proceedings in midweek and will now have to wait patiently on the sideline for another chance at redemption.

The result will come as a bitter blow for Manchester United and Solskjaer, as it ends their hopes of securing the first available silverware of the season and ending the wait for a major trophy that stretches back to 2017.

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