The last time Manchester United got knocked out at the start of a competition, Sir Alex Ferguson was in his first year as the club's manager. The club's loss to West Ham was undeserved because many felt United could have easily won the game.
Here are the 5 things we learned from watching it
1. It was a surprisingly good performance.
Bar the opening game of the season, Manchester United have not had very good performances in most games even when they won. They might have lost this one, but it was arguably their best performance of the season. They moved the ball quicker with shot, intricate passes. Their end product just lacked any conviction.
Van De Beek has never really gotten his chance to hit the ground running at Manchester United but he was one of the reasons United transitioned very quickly from defense. He could be a very crucial part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's system this season.
3. Matic was great, yet again.
If Matic was just a few years younger and still had some decent pace on him, Manchester United would be on their way to a league title. He did most of the important work in the middle of the park and covered for Van De Beek for most of the game. His elite positioning sense saw Diogo Dalot operate far up the pitch, giving the right back more freedom to influence the game up the pitch.
4. Martial does not seem to be getting any better.
It has been 23 games since Anthony Martial last scored a goal for Manchester United. He has simply not been the same player since Edison Cavani came into the club. His lack of movement up top was one of the main reasons United did nothing inside the box.
5. Greenwood is the future.
Greenwood came on for Jesse Lingard and had the best opportunity during the game. He almost scored a goal. The signs are pointing towards him now as he seems to be the future at Old Trafford.
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