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Manchester United was knocked out of the Carabao Cup by West Ham United, who took an early lead through Manuel Lanzini in the first minute.
The decision by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to play such peripheral players against a strong West Ham United team raises questions about his competency and bad tactical approach.
However, Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined the Red Devils on transfer deadline day after three years at Juventus, is the main focus of the shocking setback.
Since his return to Manchester United, Ronaldo has been on fire, netting four goals in three outings for the club in all competitions. He's a natural goal scorer with excellent positioning and a keen eye for the target.
The unexpected loss to the London Club without the Portuguese international leads us to the two main reasons why Cristiano Ronaldo will be more sad than the rest of his colleagues about the exit.
1. Solskjaer's Refusal Not To Play Him Despite His Plea
Before the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faced the press to brief them on the squad members that were available for selection.
He stated that Cristiano Ronaldo was keen to play the game, but that he (Solskjaer) would not grant him his wish, instead opting to start misfiring Anthony Martial.
‘Yeah, you know, he's come in and made a difference already,' he said when asked if Ronaldo will be in contention for a start ahead of the encounter.
'However, it will undoubtedly be a long season.' According to Sky Sports, "he wants to play as much as possible, but I don't think that's possible."
Who knows, maybe Cristiano Ronaldo detected something before of time and felt compelled to start, or maybe he doesn't trust the Coaches' decision. In any case, he'll be disappointed if the club fails to win one of the four trophies on offer this season.
2. His Obsession For Trophies
Cristiano Ronaldo has always loved winning trophies, even since he was a teenager at Old Trafford. How much more a one-legged cup exit if he could grimace at a goal opportunity missed or his team's failure in a match?
He'll be bitter about the exit, but he'll get over it, as he has in the past, and prepare for their next encounter against Aston Villa, who were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Chelsea in a penalty shootout last night.
With 13 points from five games, Manchester United is presently joint top of the Premier League table. They must endeavor to stay on track in the long term to avoid any more surprises.
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