Moyes delighted as Hammers give their survival hopes a shot in the arm

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West Ham United v Manchester United – Premier League – London Stadium – Reaction

West Ham United 1-0 Manchester United

West Ham United boss, David Moyes believed his side had given their Premier League survival hopes a shot in the arm with an a surprise victory over Manchester United at the London Stadium.

United goalkeeper, David de Gea, made a hash of stopping Said Benrahma’s tame effort midway through the opening period. And although the Hammers were denied a stonewall penalty when Victor Lindelof handled as well as having further trikes from Michail Antonio and Tomas Soucek ruled out, they stood firm to move seven points clear of the bottom three with three games remaining.

“Huge step,” the Scotsman enthused. 

“To beat Manchester United in a run-in is a huge step. Getting three points is huge against whoever, but against Manchester United was massive for us. 

“Look, probably well-deserved with the way we performed. Players showed great character, great spirit, had to dig deep at times but also, had great moments and played a lot more like the West Ham we’ve probably seen in the last couple of years.”

Moyes thought the result had lifted some of the pressure on his side ahead of Thursday’s UEFA Europa Conference League semi-final clash with AZ Alkmaar: “Of course, I do, great result going into the semi-final of a European competition,” he added. 

“The positivity we will take from it. Playing against such a good side such as Man United, we knew we were up against it, but now, we’ve got another big challenge coming in midweek and now we’ve got another big challenge coming in midweek and now we’ve got to look forward to it.”

Moyes was unimpressed with the decision not to award the Hammers a penalty, nor Antonio’s disallowed goal: “Just add it to the other ones that have happened to us in recent games and hope that somewhere along the line in the coming games, we might find that we get a penalty kick or something goes in our favour.”

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