Manchester United beat West Ham 2-1 on Sunday afternoon to extend their unbeaten
start in the Premier League.
David de Gea saved a 95th-minute Mark Noble penalty as Jesse Lingard’s late winner
haunted West Ham and earned Manchester United a 2-1 victory at the London
Stadium on Super Sunday.
Manchester United looked on course for victory when Lingard, who enjoyed a
successful spell on loan in east London last season which the Hammers were
ultimately unable to make permanent, came off the bench and curled a stunning solo
goal into the top corner in the final minute of the game.
But, deep into stoppage-time, referee Martin Atkinson was advised to consult the
pitchside monitor after VAR spotted a handball by Luke Shaw. The penalty was
awarded and taken by captain Noble, who was brought on to take the penalty, but, in
a dramatic final twist, the West Ham captain’s first touch from the spot drew an
inspired save from De Gea.
Noble’s introduction in order to take the kick was criticized by Sky Sports pundits
Graeme Souness and Roy Keane, but a defiant Moyes said: “I’d have been more
disappointed if I hadn’t made the decision.”
West Ham had taken the lead on the half-hour mark thanks to Said Benrahma’s
deflected opener but Cristiano Ronaldo’s fourth goal of the season leveled things
up five minutes later and laid the foundation for the drama that was to come.
The victory lifts Manchester United joint-top of the Premier League, level on 13
points with Liverpool, while West Ham remains in eighth having suffered their first
defeat of the season.