By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Harry Redknapp has claimed West Ham deserved to exit the FA Cup at the hands of Manchester United.
Former Hammers manager Redknapp had backed the Londoners beforehand to overcome Louis van Gaal’s side in the last-ever cup tie at Upton Park.
But United dominated the match as goals from Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini were enough to secure a 2-1 win and book the visitors’ passage into the FA Cup semi-finals.
Manager Slaven Bilic admitted his team deserved to lose, which was a view echoed by Redknapp, who was disappointed by the displays from the home side’s key men.
Playmaker Dimitri Payet, who is on the six-man shortlist for the PFA player of the year, failed to reach the high standards he has set in an outstanding debut campaign and fellow creator Manuel Lanzini was also below par.
“I thought they would do Man United last night, I thought West Ham would over-run them,” Redknapp told talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil programme on Thursday morning. “I expected more but it never came. They sat off Man United and didn’t get close to them.
“They couldn’t get Lanzini and Payet on the ball. It’s only when United went 2-0 up that they started to put them under pressure. They never got any pressure on Michael Carrick, who is a fantastic passer of the ball.
“Overall if you have to be honest Manchester United deserved the win.”
West Ham’s defeat ends their hopes of starting life at the Olympic Stadium next season with silverware in the cabinet, although they can still end a memorable campaign with a top-four Premier League finish.
In other West Ham news, ex-Hammers defender Rio Ferdinand has given his verdict on Andy Carroll.