Bilic blames sluggish start

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West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic believes their slow start to each half is what cost them in a 4-1 defeat to Manchester United to see them exit the EFL Cup on Wednesday.

The Hammers conceded early goals in both halves as braces from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial secured the Red Devils progress into the semi-finals of the competition.

The result sees West Ham's winless run stretch to five matches in all competitions and Bilic admitted they were outplayed on the night.

"I'm very disappointed, they deserved it. You can't have a slow start anywhere, especially not here because they're good anyway, but when they're one up they hit on the counter attack, have amazing quality and are very direct and punish you," he said.

"They could've scored a second one after the first but we defended and then came back into it.

"At half-time, we said we couldn't allow them to do it again but it was exactly the same start in the second half.

"It's hard to come back twice and then they scored the third one and that's them totally in control of the game. You can't expect anything here when you have such a slow start to the game.

"I can't put my finger on [why we were different to Sunday], but definitely we were lacking because we played two games in three or four days. It was totally different."