Trevor Sinclair slams 'stupid' Manuel Lanzini despite West Ham 2-0 win v Dinamo Zagreb
Trevor Sinclair has lambasted West Ham playmaker Manuel Lanzini for a lack of discipline in Thursday’s 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb.
West Ham were well worth the victory in Croatia as they made a perfect start to their Europa League campaign.
But the ex-Hammer was critical of Lanzini, 28, for a challenge early in the second half, just before he was substituted for Said Benrahma in the 51st minute.
“I think Lanzini was very fortunate not to get sent off,” Sinclair told talkSPORT [17/09/21].
“He’d already been yellow carded when he put in a stupid challenge, didn’t get there. I thought he was lucky not to get sent off for a second yellow card but literally as soon as it was happening, you could see Benrahma was ordered to put his shirt on, ‘you’re coming on, get him [Lanzini] off his head’s not in it’, because he wouldn’t have made that challenge if it was.
“David Moyes again, [it’s] elite management. He’s got a lot of experience and he’s shown all that experience there, kept 11 players on the pitch, there was no uncomfortable end.”
It was a big night for Lanzini as he made his first start of the season, but he very nearly made a big mistake that could have proved costly.
The Argentine picked up a yellow card in the first half after a challenge on Bruno Petkovic led to a minor scuffle.
That looked harsh on Lanzini, but regardless, he had to show a level of caution and maturity once he went into the referee’s book.
He failed to do so, and he paid the price as he was hooked just minutes into the second half.
Lanzini is an experienced player, and he will know he was over-zealous in Zagreb. Perhaps that’s just a result of his limited minutes this season and trying to impress too much.
In other West Ham news, Charlie Nicholas claims David Moyes is livid after this recent Irons incident.