West Ham United v Manchester United – Premier League – London Stadium – Reaction
West Ham United 1-2 Manchester United
2-1 down in stoppage time – Awarded a penalty – Substitute, Mark Noble summonsed to save the day with what proved to be his one, and only kick of the match…
It’s Roy of the Rovers stuff. However, unfortunately, that is where the similarity ended for the Hammers longest-serving player. Manchester United goalkeeper, David de Gea had done his homework – the vital kick rebuffed – West Ham’s unbeaten start to their Premier League campaign up in smoke.
Hammers boss, David Moyes, was quick to shift the focus and blame away from his most experienced asset; “I asked him,” the Scotsman explained. And clearly, he had no regrets, despite heavy criticism from the disappointing home crowd: “Not at all (regrets) because Mark Noble is one of the best penalty kick takers we’ve got, we had time to think about it, time to make that choice so my choice, my decision.
“But that is what happens in management you have to make big decisions and sometimes they go and sometimes they don’t and maybe the job is for some people and maybe not for other people, but that’s why you have to make the decisions.”
Moyes added: “I just actually thought that we had a really good penalty kick taker sitting on the bench and I think I would have been more disappointed in myself if I hadn’t made the decision.
“If I had given it to one of our players and they had missed then I’d be saying why was Mark Noble not on? – and you might be asking me that question as well. So that’s what happens, decision making can always be right or wrong.”
But in truth, West Ham had competed well. Said Benrahma’s deflected opener was swiftly cancelled out by Cristiano Ronaldo. Nevertheless, the Hammers looked set for a richly deserved point before former loanee Jesse Lingard fired United ahead moments prior to de Gea’s heroics: “I thought we played really well I didn’t think we deserved to be behind,” Moyes added.
“I thought it was a proper game today, a really good game. I always thought we had a chance, so I think we played well I think we’ve done an awful lot of good things, I think there were some really top performances from our players.
“We’ve tried to go toe-to-toe with Man United today as much as we could and I think we made a decent account of ourselves and really in truth we could be sitting here talking about a draw.”