Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expressed his frustration that Manchester United failed to get a penalty again after their elimination from the Carabao Cup by West Ham.
Three days after United’s victory at the London Stadium, where Solskjaer felt Cristiano Ronaldo was denied two penalties, Jesse Lingard was not awarded a spotkick after he was tugged by West Ham midfielder Mark Noble.
West Ham had already taken the lead through Manuel Lanzini when Noble pulled Lingard down inside the area but the incident was still on Solskjaer’s mind at his post-match debrief.
“Twenty-seven shots shows everyone gave it a good go,” Solskjaer said. “Can’t fault the attitude at all. A little bit of good fortune could have gone our way and a little more quality, maybe a decision here or there we don’t seem to get at the moment.
“It’s a clear penalty for Jesse again, Mark Noble falls and pulls him down. You can’t dwell too much on that.
“I’ve never actually won this tournament, that hunt will have to keep going, because it’s a trophy I’d like to have. But we have to make decisions to get the squad up to speed for the rest of the season, sometimes you have to make changes, take risks and we did.”
Solskjaer made 11 changes and completely rested regulars David de Gea, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The recall of Alex Telles, making his first start in four months, backfired when the left-back was skinned by Ryan Fredericks to set up Lanzini’s winner. Telles only recently recovered from an ankle injury.
“Every game is important,” Solskjaer added. “But you can see by the team selection that we’ve always used this competition – when I’ve been here at the club – to give minutes for the ones who need it, because we know it’s a very long, season.
“Great to see Alex Telles back on the pitch, he might have needed 10 or 15 minutes to get into the game. We started poorly, we finished the last five minutes too open but we had to go for it.”