Graeme Souness and Roy Keane slammed West Ham and David Moyes for substituting on Mark Noble to take the vital last penalty in their 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.
In the 94th minute, the Hammers’ captain was brought in to take a crucial spot-kick that would have earned the East Londoners a point against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
David De Gea saved the penalty of the 34-yearold and West Ham lost.
Souness and Keane did not sympathize with Noble or Moyes.
“Strange decision, he can’t have warmed up properly because it was so late in the game. I didn’t fancy him, I thought De Gea would save it.,” said Keane.
“You can say he’s took penalties before and he’s experienced, I don’t care.
You have players on the pitch who are up to speed and slot the ball away.”
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West Ham took the lead with a deflected effort by Said Benrahma, but were soon pegged back by a close range finish by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Jesse Lingard seemed to have won the match with a spectacular strike towards the end, but West Ham was penalized in the final stages.
De Gea’s stop from Noble ensured that the Reds won their fifth Premier League title in four games.
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The biggest moment was the penalty at the end, and Souness shared Keane’s sentiments.
“It’s a poor decision, it’s the 94th minute he’s come on as a sub in the 94th minute, he’s stone cold, one or two things the managers decision and said on you go or Noble’s said get me on boss.
“Either way it’s the wrong decision, stone cold, doesn’t matter if he scores every penalty in training or every penalty before you don’t bring someone on who is stone cold been sat watching the game. It’s wrong.”