David Moyes DEFENDS decision to send last minute substitute Mark Noble to take penalty to save a draw against Manchester United – that David de Gea SAVE
- The hosts were handed a dramatic injury time penalty at the London Stadium
- Manchester United defender Luke Shaw allegedly acted in the penalty area
- West Ham manager David Moyes sent club captain Mark Noble, 34, to record
- With his only touch of the entire match saw the veteran parry his penalty away
David Moyes has defended his decision to send Mark Noble for a last-minute penalty after his miss cost West Ham a point against Manchester United.
Trailing 2-1 to the Hammers, club captain Noble, their Mr Reliable from the spot, was called off the bench by Moyes to take the penalty after Luke Shaw acted in the area.
Noble hadn’t missed a penalty since December 2016, remarkably eight months after De Gea last saved one – some 40 dots ago.
David Moyes has defended his decision to let Mark Noble (center) take a late penalty
Manchester United’s David de Gea plunged left to save Noble’s stoppage time spot
But the long-serving midfielder, who is retiring at the end of the season, was denied his moment of glory when De Gea ducked to the left to claw out his attempt.
Sky Sports pundits Roy Keane and Graeme Souness criticized the decision, saying the player had not warmed up and was unaware of the game.
But Moyes insisted: ‘Am I sorry? Not at all. That’s what happens in management, you have to make big decisions. Sometimes they go for you, sometimes not.
“I just thought: we have a very good penalty taker on the bench. I would have been more disappointed if I hadn’t made the decision. If any of the other players had caught it and missed it, I would have thought, ‘Why didn’t I get Mark Noble in’?
“He has an incredibly good record of penalties. So now that Mark continues and De Gea doesn’t save much, I hope that’s the equalizer.’
De Gea was harassed after his save helped United to win 2-1 at London Stadium on Sunday
But West Ham boss Moyes (left) stood by the call to take the veteran midfielder off the bench
Even United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feared the worst when he saw Noble rise.
“I’ve seen Noble score so many penalties, so you feel down and out and expect to come home with a point,” he said. “But luckily David has continued his good form.”
To rub West Ham’s wounds with salt, it was another substitute, Jesse Lingard, who scored what turned out to be the winner. Lingard, who played on loan for the Hammers last season, curled home a beautiful shot two minutes before the end.
Moyes, who wanted to re-sign the England winger this summer, added: “It shows that you always get a second chance. Jesse made a mistake that probably cost United mid-week (in their Champions League defeat to Young Boys).
“He also got a second chance when he came back to West Ham and we will always be grateful to him. I wish he hadn’t scored, but we still had a shot at a draw.’