- Mark Noble comes on Jarrod Bowen after being handled in the box by Luke Shaw
- However, the 34-year-old’s feeble effort was pushed back by David de Gees.
- Gary Lineker, Graeme Souness and Roy Keane all questioned the replacement
- Jesse Lingard scored the winner just before he won for Manchester United
Gary Lineker shrugged off David Moyes’ decision to send Mark Noble to take a last-gasp penalty, which he missed as West Ham lost a dramatic 2-1 loss to Manchester United.
Said strikes from Benrahma and Cristiano Ronaldo set the game right at half-time, before former iron Jesse Lingard stunned the home loyalist with a superb curling effort on 89 minutes.
Moyes’ men were given the opportunity to equalize in the dying embers of the competition when Luke Shaw’s handball was waved by referee Martin Atkinson from Andrey Yarmolenko’s cross at the start.
Mark Noble was given a chance to level the score with a penalty for Jerrod Bowen
However, his spot-kick was brilliantly saved by David de Gea at the dramatic end of the game.
Gary Lineker, Graeme Souness and Roy Keane all criticized David Moyes for bringing in Noble
Noble was thrown to a penalty specialist for Jarrod Bowen, but the 34-year-old lifelong hammer – in his final season at the club – brilliantly pushed his effort bound for the bottom left corner by David de Gea.
Posting directly to Twitter after the full-time whistle, Lineker wrote: ‘This is a decision I will never understand.
‘Bringing a player, even as experienced and as good a penalty taker as Noble, not touching the ball purely to take a penalty, is shocking. Same with England in Euro.
Guardian sports journalist Barry Glendenning tweeted that Noble’s career-record 38 of 42 penalties equipped him enough to level the score even with his first touch, to which Lineker replied: ‘ Every tennis player hits the balls just before play.
‘Every golfer hits the balls just before play. Every footballer strikes the football just before play.
The sub that comes on ’90+ minutes doesn’t have that luxury. Small margins make a big difference.
Every tennis player hits the balls just before play. Every golfer hits the balls just before play. Every footballer strikes the football just before play. The sub that comes in at 90+ minutes doesn’t have that luxury. Small margins make a big difference.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 19, 2021
Benrahma said with a deflected shot off Rafael Varane gave the hosts the lead at 30 minutes
Cristiano Ronaldo pokes home after being saved by Lukasz Fabianski after his opening attempt
Ronaldo shrugs off multiple penalty appeals as Jesse Lingard made a fine winner
The win moves the Red Devils to second place as they only trail leaders Liverpool on goal difference, while the East Londoners remain in eighth.
Sky Sports Super Sunday pundits Graeme Souness and Roy Keane also criticized Moyes’ move, with Scott saying: ‘It’s a poor decision. It’s the 94th minute. You don’t bring up someone who is cold on stone. This is wrong.’
‘He couldn’t be warmed up properly. I envisioned De Gea to save it. To bring in a player who doesn’t have many minutes… there should be players on the pitch who can score.