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Sir Alex Ferguson accused Manchester United of conceding “soft” goals as they were knocked out of the Carling Cup on Tuesday.

“I didn’t expect that, that’s for sure,” the United manager admitted after West Ham United inflicted the heaviest defeat his team has suffered for nine years.

“If you analyse it the goals we gave away were absolutely too soft,” Ferguson added. “We had young players out there and there’s probably a lesson in that for them because we invest in youth.

“They were terrible goals, poor goals. They (the players) are 20, 21 years old. They can’t make mistakes like this and still win.

“The young players will remember this. But this could have been a very good opportunity to win the cup again.”

He said that United had fielded a young defence and paid the price.

“We had one or two half chances and Gabriel (Obertan) had a shot saved by the goalkeeper which then hit the post,” Ferguson added. “But the goals killed it. You can’t just give goals away at this level.”

Ferguson claimed that the furore over West Ham’s disallowed goal was crucial. “That first goal was a break for them,” he said. “We were in control in the early part, played some good football. But goals change games.

“The thing that sparked it was the goal that was disallowed because it got the crowd up. It was clearly offside because it came off one of their players into the net but they celebrated for so long. It spurred them up.”

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