West Ham fans point finger of blame at one man as Southgate-esque blunder proves costly vs Man United

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West Ham fans point finger of blame at one man as Southgate-esque blunder proves costly vs Man United

 

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The West Ham United faithful have flooded to social media this evening, to take aim at manager David Moyes.

Lingard steals the show

The Hammers were of course back in action a short time ago.

After continuing to impress en route to a 2-0 downing of Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League group stages during the week, the Irons welcomed Man United to the London Stadium, for a Premier League clash.

Moyes and co. headed into proceedings aware that a victory this evening would actually have guided them clear of their opponents in the English top-flight table, back into the top-4.

In turn, when Said Benrahma opened the scoring on half an hour, West Ham’s supporters could have been forgiven for getting somewhat swept away in the moment:

The drama, though, had only just begun…

First, Cristiano Ronaldo levelled things up ten minutes before the interval, slotting home on the rebound after seeing his initial effort kept out by Lukasz Fabianski:

Then, in scenes straight out of a nightmare, Jesse Lingard, the man who of course led West Ham’s charge to a European berth amid a scintillating loan spell last season, put United in front with 89 minutes on the clock:

Moyes targeted

Incredibly, however, the hosts’ hopes of stealing a point were not yet over.

As the clash rolled into injury-time, just moments on from United being denied a penalty at one end, West Ham were awarded a spot-kick of their own, after Luke Shaw was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box.

David Moyes, evidently not happy with the penalty-duty options on the pitch, subsequently opted to introduce captain Mark Noble from the bench to take responsibility, in scenes reminiscent of the Euro 2020 final.

In a moment of collective heartbreak for Hammers across the globe, though, the club’s beloved long-time midfielder saw his effort from 12 yards brilliantly kept out by David de Gea:

It is not Noble, however, who has since been widely singled out for blame on the back of the full-time whistle sounding in the capital.

Instead, the West Ham faithful have opted to direct their ire at boss David Moyes, amid understandable bemusement at his decision to hand the responsibility of such a crucial spot-kick to a player who was yet to step foot on the pitch on Sunday:

 

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