Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wasn't surprised to see West Ham bring Noble on for the penalty
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that he wasn’t surprised to see West Ham bring Mark Noble off the bench in Sunday’s match.
David Moyes brought the 34-year-old off the bench after the Irons were awarded a last-minute penalty, but David de Gea denied him.
The boss decided against giving the penalty to one of the players on the field and handed the responsibility to Noble, with Declan Rice initially holding the ball.
However, Solskjaer wasn’t surprised to see him come off the bench.
Speaking to Sky Sports [via Football Daily], he said: “I’ve seen him score so many penalties.
“Sometimes it goes for you, sometimes it goes against you, and it’s always the outcomes that determine the narrative.
“It turned out to be not the right call but [that’s] just football.”
Should Moyes have brought Noble off the bench to take the penalty?
In a word, no. He shouldn’t.
This was Noble’s second Premier League appearance of the season, and before this game, he had only played nine minutes all season.
So, he is short of match fitness and to hand him that responsibility was harsh, and we would have preferred to see Jarrod Bowen, Declan Rice, or Manuel Lanzini step up.
However, there are very few things that Moyes has got wrong in his time as the Irons boss, and we don’t want to dwell on this too long.
It was a huge gamble by the Scotsman to bring Noble on, and unfortunately, it didn’t pay off, and the Hammers slipped to their first league defeat of the season.
It was a brilliant game at the London Stadium, and to be honest, the Irons didn’t deserve to lose, but in the crucial moment, neither Moyes nor Noble made the right decision, which cost the Hammers a point.
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