Manchester United were sent crashing out of the Carabao Cup after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a number of changes including dropping Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes
The Red Devils have been sent packing already in the Carabao Cup – a competition Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have been desperate to win to end his trophy hoodoo.
But the Hammers put in a real display to maintain their one-goal advantage, netted by Manuel Lanzini in the opening exchanges of the match.
Both sides had excellent chances throughout the match but the scoreline remained the same as David Moyes claimed victory over his old side for the first time since United sacked him.
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Solskjaer had virtually changed his entire team, with the likes of Juan Mata, Alex Telles and Donny van de Beek all starting.
There was also a spot for Martial in the XI, too, who played up front with Jadon Sancho and Jesse Lingard either side.
But the Frenchman was utterly anonymous throughout the contest despite playing for his future.
Speculation was rampant over the summer with Martial tipped to leave United following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo but he stayed – yet this was the kind of game that he could have forced Solskjaer to use him more in the first-team.
However, it looks like the former Monaco man has squandered that chance with his body language being slammed.
Former United striker Dion Dublin was less than pleased, saying on BBC 5Live radio: “We need to see more from Anthony Martial.
“We have said it many times before but he is not helping his cause.
“I want to see him sweating and putting the ball in the back of the net. He has not done enough since being at United.
“You see flashes and think it is the start then he doesn’t do anything.
“His body language is horrible to watch, he doesn’t want to run around and work hard to be United’s number nine.”
Meanwhile, Solskjaer was coy over Martial’s performance and insisted there will be more to come from the France international.
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He said: “I don’t think it’s right to go into individual performances.
“Anthony was the same as the rest of the team, we played some nice football, we lacked some of that cutting edge and he knows what we want from him. He’ll keep working and get his chances.”
United are back at home for their next game when they take on Aston Villa in the Premier League this Saturday with Dean Smith’s men also being knocked out of the Carabao Cup as Chelsea beat them on penalties.