Carabao Cup: West Ham dump Manchester United, set to face City in the round of 16, Arsenal to face Wimbledon, Chelsea will host Southampton
|The Carabao Cup is up and running with Manchester United falling at the first hurdle, their conquerors Westham will now face Man City. (Photo credit: @FA)|
The Carabao Cup served as a perfect stage for revenge, points to prove and exhibition of ambitions with teams left in the tournament in the pursuit of the first silverware of the season, more like the Manchester City Cup as the Cityzens have won each of the last four, in search of a record 9th.
Manchester City started cup defence with a 6-1 demolition of Wycombe, the result was never in doubt but you must wonder how the league one side managed a goal against the premier league champions.
And in actual fact, they scored first but a brace from Riyad Mahrez and goal contributions from Kevin De Bruyne, Ferran Torres, Phil Foden and youngster Palmer saw off the lower league side.
It wasn’t pretty for City’s neighbours Manchester United.
The Red Devils suffered an exit right at their first hurdle, Westham with revenge on their mind for the weekend event and a certain veteran, Mark Noble was on a search for redemption, somehow he got it.
Manchester United made eleven changes to the team that beat West Ham away at the London Stadium, the Hammers rang ten changes too but it was the visitors that held the game by the scruff of it, dragged the Red Devils before a slab, slammed them the sledge off the boots of Manuel Lanzini, 1-0.
United threw everything at the visitors but it was Andriy Yarmolenko that nearly grabbed a second for West Ham.
The introduction of Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes turned the tide in favour of the hosts but West Ham stood firm and saw off United, narrowing Ole Gunnar Solkskjaer’s trophy chances.
Chelsea beat Aston Villa on penalties after it ended 1-1 in regulation time, Timo Werner’s header, just nine minutes after the restart was cancelled out ten minutes later but Ashley Young missed from the spot and Kepa Arizabalaga saved from Marvel Nakamba.
Jurgen Klopp led a much-changed Liverpool team to a 3-0 win over Norwich with youngsters leading the way.
The Canaries gave a good account of themselves too but their domestic struggles continued with another loss away to Liverpool, Takumi Minamino struck twice and was sandwiched by a Divock Origi strike.
Leeds United beat Fulham on penalties and Burnley overcame a first half deficit to dump Rochdale out of the Cup.
Leicester saw off Championship side Millwall and Sours dumped Wolves 4-3 after penalties, it was a much-needed reprieve for Tottenham after back to back losses.
Arsenal beat Wimbledon 3-0 on Wednesday and will now face Leeds United, Chelsea are at home to Southampton and Liverpool travel to Preston.
The Hammers host Man City and Burnley will host Spurs. Games will be played in the last week of October.