West Ham United's hopes of winning the EFL Cup were dashed at Old Trafford.
Dean Ashton has told The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast that was broadcast on talkSPORT on December 1st 2016 that West Ham United's defeat to Manchester United highlighted their lack of depth, before suggesting that he was left annoyed watching the final stages of the contest.
The Hammers went into their EFL Cup quarter-final having secured a draw at Old Trafford just a few days previously. However, they were largely outclassed on this occasion as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial both scored twice to help Jose Mourinho's men to a 4-1 victory that booked their ticket to the semi-final.
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores the opener
And Ashton explained how frustrating it was watching his former side get knocked out of the competition so emphatically.
"It's a real shame because I thought they would have gained quite a lot of confidence from the performance on Sunday," he told talkSPORT.
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic
"West Ham were allowed back into the game by Manchester United. They could have been four or five-nil up in the first half an hour, they were that good. What it shows to me is that sadly we are just lacking the strength in depth.
"What annoyed me in the end was that it was basically champagne football for Manchester United for the last 20 minutes, half an hour," he added.
While some of the squad that featured on Wednesday may feature less regularly in Premier League fixtures, the fact is that the hectic schedule over Christmas may force Bilic to turn to some of the players who are yet to prove themselves at the London Stadium.
And with the Hammers currently on a run of five games without a win in all competitions, Bilic may need those players to experience an upturn in form if they hope to ensure that they go into the New Year having created some daylight between themselves and the bottom three.