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Moyesie speaks on Noble penalty decision

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.”

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  1. Think he’s the most successful penalty taker in PL history, certainly all of us were happy to see him subbed in to take it. We deserved a point but we didn’t get it, considering we were also playing against one of the most biased referee performances in modern history, he awarded a corner and his linesman didn’t flag either. Let’s also add that after Utd scored they only added 3 minutes of injury time, am sure if it was still 1-1 it would have been 6 or more to give them enough Fergie time for a goal. Just as an aside there was some idiot in block 244 or 245 in a Man U shirt how the hell was he allowed in, it nearly turned nasty for him at final whistle as some fans turned on him.

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