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Manchester United v West Ham United Live Commentary, 23/9/21

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M. Lanzini (9)
Old Trafford


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The Red Devils have little time to sit and lick their wounds with Aston Villa making the trip to Manchester on Saturday. You'd expect to see a line-up much more in keeping with the one that defeated West Ham in the Premier League last weekend. Moyes' men will look to carry their momentum into their away fixture at Leeds United.
And there it is sports fans! A memorable win for West Ham - a first at Old Trafford since 2007 - and a happy return for David Moyes. It's revenge of sorts for Sunday and, truthfully, I think you have to say the Hammers deserved that. Lanzini's first-half opener was enough to get the job done and by the end of the game it was Henderson who had made the more important saves. It's on to round four for West Ham, while for Solskjaer it's another chance of silverware that falls by the wayside.
90' + 2' A late, late corner here for Man Utd...Henderson comes up for it...AND!...well, actually, it's cleared very easily by Issa Diop. 
90' It's end to end here now in the closing stages as Man Utd desperately seek that equaliser. Again, though, West Ham see out the danger and the visitors are so nearly at the finish line would have been much cosier had Fornals not blasted one into the stands from the D!
88' ANOTHER CHANCE GOES BEGGING! Man Utd are throwing caution to the wind and nearly get caught out at the back again! This time it's played across to Noble, who can only shoot straight at Henderson. Moments later the goalkeeper says again from Bowen! THINGS ARE HAPPENING HERE!!
87' OH MY DAYS! THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN WEST HAM INTO ROUND FOUR! West Ham have a rare foray forwards and the ball breaks for Yarmolenko, who skips past Henderson and - with the goal gaping - shoots straight against the left post! How they may rue that!
85' Tick, tock, tick,'s all Man Utd now really. Time is running out, though, they need something quick...
83' Whether he manages to rescue Man Utd here or not Greenwood is a real player isn't he? His shot this time is a little skew-whiff admittedly, just you really have to admire the energy and drive he brings to United's front line.
81' THAT WAS A CHANCE! A Man Utd corner isn't cleared properly and eventually Sancho has an effort that deflects into the path of Martial but Areola is out quick to quell the shot! West Ham try to break but the home side counter back and the goalkeeper is grateful to save from Greenwood! Ooft, let me catch my breath...
79' Oooh let's call that one a "tester". Fernandes curls one wide from 25 yards. With the time and space he had a player of his quality would expect to do much, much better...there's still time.
77' Sancho attacks into the visitors' penalty area and shoots towards goal, there's a big cry of "HANDBALL!" from the home fans, but it's a cry that falls on deaf ears.
75' Into the final 15 minutes then, and honestly it's impossible to know how this will turn out. Since taking the lead West Ham have been very organised. That's not to say United haven't had chances and with Greenwood and Fernandes both on the pitch it could be an uncomfortable end to the game for the visitors.
A. Elanga
Alex Telles
Manchester United
73' And a third sub from the hosts sees Telles come off for youngster Elanga.
Bruno Fernandes
J. Lingard
Manchester United
72' There will be no late winner from Lingard on this occasion. It's been a decent performance from the England midfielder, now it's over to Fernandes to see if he can unlock this stubborn West Ham defence.
71' Oh dear! Man Utd win a corner, which Bailly's a brilliant run, it's terrible execution.
N. Vlašić
A. Masuaku
West Ham United
69' That's not the only swap Moyes makes, here comes Vlasic in place of Masuaku.
Pablo Fornals
M. Lanzini
West Ham United
69' That's all she wrote for goalscorer Lanzini, who is replaced in a straight swap for Fornals.
67' That's another naughty one from Matic - albeit he probably didn't intend this one. Lanzini felt the full force of his opponent's studs on his ankle and the attacking midfielder is down receiving treatment.
65' Greenwood's introduction has sparked something in the home side. Although this time it's Lingard again with the attempt - a left-foot strike from 25 yards that Areola can safely bat clear.
63' Oh my what an impact that would have been! Van de Beek's ball over the top is pounced on by Greenwood, whose prodded effort is saved by Areola. Warning signs for West Ham!
M. Greenwood
Manchester United
62' Here it is then, Solskjaer rolls the dice as Mata - who has really tried to get a spark going - is replaced by Greenwood.
61' An industrious run from Bowen leads to an opportunity for Yarmolenko to shoot from range. He can certainly hit them...this one wasn't his worst but certainly not his best and Henderson is untroubled.
59' That was a little naughty from Matic. The midifielder is pinged for a knee into Coufal, if we had VAR in use he might have been in a spot of bother.
M. Noble
Yellow Card
West Ham United
57' Noble is the first man into the book. The midfielder is spun by Sancho then cynically pulls his opponent back.
56' Since Carlos Tevez’s famous winner for West Ham at Old Trafford back in May 2007 that kept the Hammers in the Premier League, West Ham haven’t managed to win on any of their last 17 visits to Manchester United in all competitions (D4 L13). Is that going to change here?
54' The pattern is very similar to the first half already, Man Utd are seeing plenty of the ball but West Ham are staying resolute. 
52' It's certainly not been a bad performance from the home side...just...maybe there's a lack of oomph. Mata and Lingard are probing, it's up top where they look a little light. I wonder if at some point we'll see Mason Greenwood.
50' That was so, so nearly brilliant from the home side! Mata clips a gorgeous ball into the penalty area towards Sancho. It needed a deft touch and the England forward tried to apply one, however it was a little too thick and his effort goes over the crossbar.
48' There has been some decent passing to start the second half from Man Utd and there's plenty of ambition down the left-hand side...nothing doing yet, though.
46' Man Utd get us back underway at Old Trafford! Can they turn this tie around?
That said there's plenty of life left in this one and the likes of Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes are waiting on the bench to try and alter the course of this game. Stick with us folks...
Early round EFL Cup games don't always excite but in fairness this has been a thoroughly decent game. West Ham were fast out of the blocks and deserved to take the lead through Lanzini, who coolly executed after good work from Ryan Fredericks - the full-back later went off injured. The home side threatened and hit the crossbar from Mata but at the moment they are heading for an early exit from the competition.
45' + 1' Good work from Sancho and Martial sees the former produce a cross that Areola punches out. Telles comes roaring in on the follow up but, under substantial pressure from Noble, the effort is wildly off target.
43' Well they certainly will see it out if Van de Beek keeps shooting like this. It was actually pretty good feet from the midfielder but the left-foot shot was low, wide and lacking in technique.
41' Time is running out for Man Utd to level things up before the break. They've certainly had their opportunities, the question is can West Ham see it out to half-time?
39' West Ham get in behind again and Bailly makes a block to deny Bowen meeting Coufal's cross. The offside flag would have denied him anyway as it turns out.
37' The thing that will give Man Utd hope here is that Areola hasn't looked entirely convincing in the West Ham goal. A routine cross into the box really should have been caught and a bemusing punch could easily have led to trouble...thankfully for the visitors it did not.
35' Very good feet from Martial, who since the return of a certain Cristiano Ronaldo has been afforded very few opportunities, but the Frenchman drags his shot wide of the right-hand post.
33' Since the opening goal there's been little going forward from West Ham, but Moyes will be delighted with how things are going as we approach the closing stages of this first half.
31' Manchester United have lost their last two EFL Cup matches at Old Trafford – though both have come at the semi-final stage against Manchester City. They’ve only been eliminated in the third round on two of the previous 16 occasions at Old Trafford, however, losing on penalties to Derby in 2018-19 and 2-0 against Coventry in 2007-08
29' Man Utd win a free-kick in a favourable position - Sancho and Mata jostle for who will take's the latter and it's straight into the wall. On we go...
27' That was more like it, though! Lingard has been a threat against the side he played for on loan last term and his 20-yard effort has plenty of dip to give Areola cause for concern. The goalkeeper does well to push it away strongly and the resulting corner comes to nothing.
25' West Ham will take that all day long. Van de Beek shoots from far out on the right and gets absolutely nowhere near the frame of the was a little desperate in truth.
23' Credit to West Ham, who were under the cosh after taking the lead but since then the threat from the opposition has been quietened. 
21' A bit of frustration for Lingard, who runs the ball out of play. He's adamant it should have been a corner, but no dice.
19' That sub has taken the sting out of the match ever so slightly, it's been a really high-tempo start to this game. It's a good chance for players on both teams to stake a claim for more minutes.
V. Coufal
R. Fredericks
West Ham United
17' Yep, Fredericks' race is run and on comes Coufal to replace him at full-back.
17' Concern here for Fredericks, who needs medical treatment. It looked like he hurt himself setting up West Ham's opener.
15' The home side were slow out of the blocks but boy have they woken up. This time it's Matic the unlikely marauder - the midfielder finds Martial and the forward pokes one towards goal. It's deflected and Dalot can't quite reach on the stretch!
13' CLOSE FROM MATA! The Spaniard's own corner falls back to his feet and from a mightily improbable angle he whacks a half-volley against the crossbar! It was poor goalkeeping from Areola but that was nearly special from Mata.
11' Man Utd are searching for a response and Lingard goes down in the penalty area under a challenge from Noble. The officials are unmoved, though, and there's no VAR. There's a tug from the Hammers veteran but I'm not sure there was enough to go down.
M. Lanzini
West Ham United
9' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! It's been coming there's no denying! Fredericks absolutely sells Telles and cuts back for Lanzini, who strokes home into the Man Utd goal. It's West Ham who lead 1-0!!
7' More decent work from West Ham and Kral's shot is blocked by Bailly. The Hammers corner is cleared easily, though.
5' The home side try to work the ball into the penalty area and it gets as far as Dalot on the right-hand side, but the ball is ushered out with ease by West Ham.
3' Oooh it was a sniff of a chance early for West Ham. Yarmolenko outmuscles Telles and picks out Bowen, who drags his left-foot shot wide of the right post. Might he have done better with that?
1' The referee blows his whistle and we are underway at Old Trafford!
The players are on the pitch and we are moments away from kick-off...
David Moyes also makes 10 changes from the last outing against Wednesday’s opponents. Bowen is the only survivor from Sunday’s late heartbreak, with Areola afforded a chance to impress between the sticks for the Hammers.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer names an entirely changed line-up to his last starting XI. Cristiano Ronaldo is rested and not even named on the bench as Martial leads the line for the hosts. Lingard, who proved the last-gasp hero at the London Stadium, also starts in behind Martial, with new signing Sancho on the other wing.
SUBS: Nikola Vlasic, Said Benrahma, Kurt Zouma, Vladimir Coufal, Pablo Fornals, Angelo Ogbonna, Darren Randolph.
WEST HAM (4-2-3-1): Alphonse Areola; Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop, Craig Dawson, Ben Johnson; Mark Noble, Alex Kral; Andriy Yarmolenko, Manuel Lanzini, Arthur Masuaku; Jarrod Bowen.
SUBS: Phil Jones, Scott McTominay, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Elanga, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Bruno Fernandes, Tom Heaton.
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-3-3): Dean Henderson; Diogo Dalot, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Alex Telles; Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek, Juan Mata; Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Jadon Sancho.
This will be the fourth EFL Cup meeting between Man Utd and West Ham, with the home side progressing in each of the previous three – the Red Devils winning 1-0 in the 1985-86 third round and 4-1 in the 2016-17 quarter-final, and West Ham winning 4-0 at their former Upton Park home in the 2010-11 quarter-final.
There's a slight sense of deja vu around this one with these sides having met only three days ago in the Premier League - albeit that one was played at the London Stadium. Ex-Hammers loanee Jesse Lingard scored the winner in a 2-1 triumph in that match, with David De Gea then proving the hero by saving Mark Noble's injury-time penalty.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of this EFL Cup third-round clash between Manchester United and West Ham at Old Trafford.