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Phil Neville two-word verdict on West Ham horror tackle v Man United

By Will Butcher

Phil Neville has branded Adrian’s horror tackle on Zlatan Ibrahimovich as a “disgusting challenge”, as West Ham lost 4-1 to Man United in the EFL Cup.

The Spanish goalkeeper planted his studs above Ibrahimovich’s knee, after the Swedish striker scored United’s first goal with a neat finish in just the second minute on Wednesday night.

Speaking after the match, Neville believed that the tackle on Ibrahimovich could have done lasting damage.

“It was impossible for the referee to see and we missed it first time around, but it is a disgusting challenge really,” Neville told the Sky Sports broadcast after the game.

“The way he plants his foot into the leg of Zlatan. It could have caused him major danger.”

Ibrahimovich, 35, scored twice against the Hammers as United booked their place in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup, alongside Southampton, Hull and Liverpool.

France international Anthony Martial also grabbed a brace, as Slaven Bilic’s side were brushed aside by United.

Adrian has found himself as the Hammers’ back-up goalkeeper in recent weeks, with Irish star Darren Randolph replacing him as the East London outfit’s number one stopper.

Ashley Fletcher’s goal against his old side was not enough for West Ham, who recorded their 10th loss in 20 league and cup encounters against United.

United now face Mike Phelan’s Hull in the semi-final which is to be played over two legs, while West Ham must focus on their domestic duties with Arsenal set to visit on Saturday. Liverpool face Southampton in the other semi-final.

In other West Ham news, here are the player ratings of the Hammers stars from the 4-1 loss.