Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cut a frustrated figure after his side crashed out of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday to West Ham.
Manuel Lanzini's 10th minute goal was enough to separate the sides and despite United throwing on Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes, and registering 27 shots, they could not find an all-important leveller.
Solskjaer is yet to win a trophy in nearly three years as United boss and this is another chance which goes begging, but he could not fault his players attitude post-match.
'A slow start again and that needs addressing,' Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
'They got a goal and after that we played well for long periods, gave it a go and stats don't mean anything. When you have 27 shots the boys have given it a go.
'We built pressure, Mason Greenwood came on and had a good one but sometimes the pressure does not come to anything.
'He made a positive impact, he was fresh and sharp but it was too little too late. The last six or seven minutes we were going gung-ho and they could have scored a couple.'
The United boss, in similar to vein to Sunday following the dramatic win at the London Stadium, also believed his side deserved a spot kick, when Mark Noble appeared to upend Jesse Lingard in the box.
'I would rather not say too much but it was a penalty again on Jesse Lingard,' he said.
'You want to go through but it is a long season, we gave it a good go, can't fault them for attitude and have big games coming up.
'It is a long journey all season, we have loads of games and keep on doing what we are doing, trying to get results. We are out of this cup which is not great but we will focus for Saturday.'