David Moyes DEFENDS decision to send on Mark Noble for last-minute penalty which was saved by Man United’s David de Gea… insisting he would have been ‘more disappointed’ if he had not introduced West Ham club captain to take spot kick
- The hosts were given a dramatic stoppage-time penalty at the London Stadium
- Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw was adjudged to have handled in box
- West Ham manager David Moyes sent on club captain Mark Noble, 34, to take it
- With his only touch of the entire match, the veteran saw his penalty parried away
David Moyes insisted he had no regrets after his decision to bring on Mark Noble to take an added-time penalty backfired.
West Ham were awarded a spot-kick at the death after Luke Shaw was penalised for blocking Andriy Yarmolenko’s cross with his arm.
Moyes sent on club captain Noble — who had scored 38 of his previous 42 penalties, not missing one since December 2016 — to take it but David de Gea denied him a dramatic equaliser and West Ham a point with a brilliant save.
David Moyes (L) has defended his decision to bring on Mark Noble (R) to take a late penalty
Manchester United’s David de Gea plunged to his left to save Noble’s stoppage-time spot-kick
The West Ham manager said: ‘Do I regret it? Not at all because Mark Noble is one of the best penalty takers we have got.
‘We had time to think about it, time to make that choice. My choice, my decision. You have to make big decisions. Sometimes they go and sometimes they don’t. I think I would have been more disappointed in myself if I hadn’t made the decision.’
De Gea’s save was a rare one after he conceded his previous 40 penalties. Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: ‘I believe in David.
‘I’ve seen Mark Noble score so many penalties so of course you did feel down and out and expect to come home with one point. But luckily David has just continued his good form.’
The Spaniard’s exploits helped to earn United all three points after substitute Jesse Lingard’s late winner and took the edge off Solskjaer’s anger at seeing three Cristiano Ronaldo penalty appeals waved away.
De Gea was mobbed after his save helped United win 2-1 at the London Stadium on Sunday
But West Ham boss Moyes (left) stood by the call to bring the veteran midfielder off the bench
Ronaldo tumbled over a dangled leg from Vladimir Coufal, fell following a slight touch from Aaron Cresswell and after he was seemingly tripped by Kurt Zouma but referee Martin Atkinson said ‘no’ each time.
‘The first and the last are stonewall penalties,’ Solskjaer said. ‘I cannot for the life of me understand why they are not given.’
Lingard made amends for an error that led to Young Boys’ Champions League winner in midweek with the decisive goal on his first appearance back at West Ham, who wanted to sign him following a successful loan spell last season.
Solskjaer said: ‘Jesse was quite clear he wanted to fight for his place, be part of a United team he feels is going places. He is really contributing. I’m so happy for him. He handles the highs and the lows really well and he is a very good player.’
Solskjaer laughed off talk his side are ready to mount a real title challenge, saying: ‘You’re not going to get me on that one now. We have to keep our feet grounded, dig out points like we did today. Let’s see when we get towards April and May.’