West Ham United 1-3 Manchester United – Reaction
A goal to the good – countless chances – everything suggested a fourth straight Premier League victory for David Moyes and West Ham United.
However, the 2,000 admitted to the London Stadium following the lifting of crowd restrictions, have seen it all before. Missed opportunities – a sucker punch – Moyes and co left empty-handed.
Of course, no Premier League match would be complete without the customary controversial VAR call. The ball seemingly curling out of play ahead of Paul Pogba’s spectacular equaliser for Manchester United. Unfortunately, from a West Ham perspective, the trajectory of football’s equivalent of a fidget spinner (about as much use and equally annoying) left Moyes fuming and handed United the platform they needed to extend their winning sequence to four
“I probably had the best view in the house as it went over my head and I was standing about two yards back from the touchline,” Moyes bemoaned.
“I was disappointed the linesman didn’t pick it up.
“He was looking for an offside but his first job is to see if the ball had gone out of play and he didn’t make a decision on that at all. He made no decision.
“The other thing with the offside, what we do have is VAR to clear that up and sort it out if he got it right or wrong. I would have said his first job was to see if the ball went out of play or not and he didn’t do that.
“I can only tell you what I saw from where I was and the ball was out, it went over my head. I turned away to applaud my player for closing the keeper down and the player’s reaction shows you exactly that it was out.”
Despite the defeat, Moyes was delighted to see fans back at the London Stadium: “I thought they were really good and for long periods they saw a really good performance.
“Disappointed I wasn’t able to give them the result to go with it but their support was great, I was really pleased.”
West Ham dominated for two-thirds of the contest: “I think that we didn’t play particularly well on Monday night and we won so tonight I thought we did deserve something out of the game, for the first sixty or seventy minutes, but we allowed the disappointment to last too long with the goal which we all believe was out,”the Scotsman continued.
“It dwindled on to the second goal and even at 2-1, we were still well in the game. The biggest disappointment was to lose the third goal as we were never out of the game.