Garth Crooks doubts Paolo Di Canio could've bettered Dimitri Payet's stunning free kick

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Garth Crooks has praised West Ham star Dimitri Payet.

Pundit Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport that he doesn't think Trevor Brooking or Paolo Di Canio could have scored a goal like Dimitri Payet's against West Ham.

The Hammers drew 1-1 at Manchester United on Sunday, as they now face an FA Cup replay against the Red Devils at Upton Park, with a place against Everton in the semi-finals up for grabs.

Anthony Martial's late equaliser for United dampened West Ham spirits, but the game will largely be remembered for Dimitri Payet's simply incredible free kick.

The French playmaker, who has taken the Premier League by storm ever since signing from Marseille last summer, and produced yet another moment of magic on Sunday afternoon.

Faced with a free kick 30 yards out, Payet stepped up and whipped the ball over the wall and past David De Gea via the post, sending the travelling West Ham fans wild with one of the goals of the season.

The plaudits have been pouring in for Payet since that goal, and now pundit Garth Crooks has offered his opinion on the West Ham star to BBC Sport.

Crooks believes Payet could do something similarly brilliant in the replay against United, before claiming that West Ham legends like Trevor Brooking and Paolo Di Canio would struggle to replicate Payet's stunning strike at Old Trafford.

"Whenever West Ham produce a result these days it seems as though Dimitri Payet is at the heart of it," said Crooks. "His arrival at Upton Park has got the fans talking about the Frenchman in the same terms as Sir Trevor Brooking and Paolo di Canio. However, I doubt whether either of those West Ham legends could have scored a better free-kick than the one Payet netted against Manchester United."

"Quite apart from anything else, Payet was facing one of the best goalkeepers in the world in David de Gea and still made the set-play look routine. The tie now goes to a replay but I wouldn't bet against Payet doing it again," he added.

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