Ole left frustrated as slow start costs United

Sports | AGENCIES 24 Sep 2021

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Manchester United must eliminate slow starts after an early goal from West Ham's Manuel Lanzini knocked them out of the English League Cup third round.

Solskjaer made 11 changes to the side who beat West Ham 2-1 in the Premier League on Sunday but was frustrated by an ineffective show as Lanzini's goal in the ninth minute was enough to send the visitors through.

"The first 10 minutes we were slow, pedestrian," Solskjaer said. "We need to start games better."

He defended ringing in the changes during a busy season.

West Ham's first win at Old Trafford since 2007 earned them a home tie against holders Manchester City in the last 16.

Elsewhere, Chelsea and Tottenham survived shootouts to reach the fourth round.

Chelsea beat Aston Villa 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Timo Werner headed Chelsea ahead with his first goal in 11 games in the 54th minute, but Cameron Archer equalized in the 64th minute with a close-range header.

Reece James scored Chelsea's winner in the shootout after Ashley Young and Marvelous Nakamba missed for Villa.

Harry Kane ended his goal drought as Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo saw off former club Wolves 3-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

Arsenal eased to a 3-0 win against third-tier Wimbledon while Brighton boss Graham Potter enjoyed a 2-0 win against former club Swansea thanks to a first-half brace from Aaron Connolly.

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