Man United dumped out of League Cup; Ireland’s Las Vegas trip to be cancelled

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Mason Greenwood came off the bench but couldn’t prevent Manchester United from losing 1-0 to West Ham at Old Trafford. Photograph: Alex Pantling/Getty

Mason Greenwood came off the bench but couldn’t prevent Manchester United from losing 1-0 to West Ham at Old Trafford. Photograph: Alex Pantling/Getty

Manchester United are out of the League Cup, after they were beaten 1-0 by West Ham in the third round last night. Both sides rung the changes from Sunday’s Premier League fixture at the London Stadium, with Manuel Lanzini’s ninth-minute strike proving enough to send the Hammers through. Their reward for a rare win at Old Trafford is a fourth round meeting with Manchester City, with Chelsea and Tottenham also into the last-16 after they needed penalties to see off Aston Villa and Wolves respectively. Elsewhere Brighton are also through after they beat Swansea City 2-0 at home courtesy of a first-half brace from Ireland striker Aaron Connolly.

Ireland’s trip to play the USA in Las Vegas next month is set to be cancelled due to ongoing travel restrictions between the two countries. Andy Farrell’s side were scheduled to meet the Eagles at the 65,000 capacity Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders on October 30th. Gerry Thornley reports: “Travel restrictions between, America and Ireland are due to be lifted on November 1st, but that will not be in time to allow Irish supporters to travel in their customary numbers to the match, a key factor in arranging this fixture in order to swell the presence of expatriate supporters in the States.” Meanwhile new guidelines from World Rugby on contact training are set to bring rugby out of the Stone Age, writes Johnny Watterson: “That’s 15 minutes’ full contact a week across a maximum of two days, with Mondays and Fridays comprising zero full-contact training. In addition, controlled contact should be only 40 minutes weekly, with at least one day of zero contact of any type. Live set-piece training is set at a weekly 30 minutes. All of it is aimed at reducing injury risk and improving performance.”

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