David Moyes claims West Ham were robbed as Paul Pogba’s equaliser for Manchester United shouldn’t have been allowed to stand after Dean Henderson’s long ball appeared to bend out of play in the build up
- West Ham boss David Moyes was angry with Manchester United’s equaliser
- The West Ham players were convinced Dean Henderson’s punt upfield went out
- It proved the catalyst for a turnaround, as United came back to record a 3-1 win
The Hammers were 1-0 up and cruising when Paul Pogba equalised. The West Ham boss and his players were convinced keeper Dean Henderson’s long punt had curled out of play in the build-up.
‘The ball went over my head on the touchline,’ said Moyes. ‘There was no one in a better position to see it. The linesman is claiming he didn’t see it. It was a poor decision. The ball was out of play and our players knew it.
West Ham manager David Moyes was livid that Paul Pogba’s goal was allowed to stand
‘We never regrouped and got ourselves correct and we need to put that right.’
Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford rubbed salt into the wound and Moyes admitted: ‘We turned off. It really gave us a feeling of disappointment.’
The fightback comes a week after United came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Southampton and is the fourth time this season they’ve won from a losing position. Of United’s tendency to fall behind, Rashford said: ‘We need to stop doing that.’
The Hammers led at half-time through Tomas Soucek, and could have been further ahead but for some dubious finishing.
Sebastien Haller was the chief culprit when rounded Henderson, only to somehow stumble over his own feet instead of rolling the ball into an empty net.
Moyes added: ‘We had great opportunities to go 2-0 up, maybe more, but we didn’t kill it off.
‘We didn’t show a clinical edge to our finishing and that was costly for us tonight.’
It meant the 2,000 West Ham fans inside the London Stadium, at the first Premier League match to have supporters present since March, went home disappointed.
West Ham boss Moyes was adamant that Dean Henderson’s punt upfield had gone out of play
Paul Pogba celebrates his goal which helped United to get back on track versus West Ham
Moyes said: ‘I thought the supporters were really good and I’m disappointed we couldn’t give them the result to go with it, but they were noisy.’
It was Bruno Fernandes, a half-time substitute, who turned the match in the visitors’ favour by having a hand in all three goals
The equaliser arrived in the 65th minute when Fernandes collected Henderson’s clearance and fed Pogba, who beat Lukasz Fabianski with a superb strike from 20 yards out.
With West Ham reeling United took the lead, and Fernandes was involved again, his backheel finding Alex Telles who whistled in a low cross for Greenwood to take a touch, spin and fire home.
Then Rashford was played through by Fernandes only to place his shot against a post, but the England man made no mistake 10 minutes from time.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was pleased his team’s quality shone through
Fernandes flicked the ball square to Juan Mata who found Rashford racing through again to round off the victory in style.
It is not five wins from five away matches for United – and they have fallen behind in all of them.
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: ‘There’s loads of things that decide a game of football.
‘In the first half we had loads of the ball but couldn’t create anything, In the second half we tweaked things tactically, made the space bigger for Bruno in the middle, and the three goals were all excellent quality.
‘That was the difference I would say, the quality we had in the second half was too high.’