Gary Lineker baffled by David Moyes as West Ham lose to Manchester United
Gary Lineker was left baffled by David Moyes’ decision to throw Mark Noble on to take a late penalty as West Ham lost to Manchester United on Sunday.
With Man United winning 2-1 going into stoppage time, Martin Atkinson awarded the Hammers a penalty for Luke Shaw’s handball.
Moyes quickly substituted Noble into the game to take the penalty but David De Gea managed to save what was a very poor spot-kick.
Lineker wasn’t happy with the decision.
“That is a decision I will never understand,” said Lineker via his personal Twitter account in instant reaction to the full-time whistle.
“Bringing on a player, even as experienced and as good a penalty taker as Noble, purely to take a penalty having not touched the ball is baffling.
“Same with England at the Euros.”
We’re really not happy with Moyes.
While it was never a guarantee that we would have scored the penalty if someone who was already on the pitch took it, but you could see what was happening before it happened.
We saw it at the Euros too when Gareth Southgate threw on Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford to take penalties in the final defeat to Italy.
Noble is a very strong penalty taker but that was atrocious and way too easy for De Gea to save – he only had to go the right way to palm it away.
Declan Rice wanted that penalty and should have took it. We’d have fancied him far more than a player coming off the bench who’s barely had a kick this season so far.
Noble looked cool and composed before he took it but that was just so bad.
Moyes needs to atone for that error.