West Ham United manager David Moyes has told BBC Sport that Mark Noble said to him that he was ready to take the late penalty against Manchester United.
What’s the story?
The Hammers earned a late penalty against United at London Stadium in the Premier League this afternoon.
West Ham manager Moyes decided to bring on Noble to take it.
The veteran midfielder was effectively being asked to score with his first touch of the game.
Noble had not warmed up and was not involved in the game.
The Englishman saw his spot kick saved by United goalkeeper David de Gea.
The Red Devils won 2-1.
David Moyes explains
West Ham manager Moyes has explained his decision regarding Noble, saying that the English midfielder was ready to take it.
Moyes told BBC Sport: “We got a penalty kick and I have one of the best penalty takers in the Premier League and Europe. I think if I hadn’t made the decision I’d have been more annoyed with myself.
“I asked him and he said I’m ready, he has a great record, why would we not? We’ve missed a few recently so I thought I’d take the opportunity to bring Mark on.”
Noble is a very confident player, and it does not come as a surprise that he was ready to take the late penalty.
However, Moyes should have still asked one of the West Ham players already on the pitch to take the spot kick.
It was deep into injury time, and West Ham had the chance to collect a point from the encounter.