David Moyes has defended his decision to substitute Mark Noble on to take the vital penalty against Manchester United.
The midfielder was, of course, brought on after Luke Shaw was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area, and a spot-kick was awarded to the Irons.
That came in the 93rd minute, and Noble’s only touch of the ball was his shot at goal, which David de Gea saved, preserving United’s lead and confirming that they would be taking all three points.
Of course, the Irons had taken the lead through Said Benrahma but Cristiano Ronaldo equalised before Jesse Lingard, inevitably, broke West Ham hearts with a curling finish.
And Moyes insists that Noble’s record is such that he simply had to bring him on to take the penalty.
Noble hadn’t missed a spot-kick since 2016; amazingly, that is also the last year, prior to today, that De Gea saved one.
Speaking after the game, as quoted by BBC Sport, Moyes said: “Look at his record, his record is very good. It just didn’t quite work today.”