ExWHUemployee has speculated that Michail Antonio will receive a bonus if he scores 10 Premier League goals this season – hence why he took last night’s penalty against Manchester United instead of Mark Noble.

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The 33-year-old Hammers skipper has been superb from the spot throughout the years for the east London outfit.

Noble has scored 38 from 42 penalties in his West Ham career.

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Mark Noble and Michail Antonio (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

So it was a bold call for Antonio to take over from his captain at Old Trafford. And many Hammers fans were nervous when the in-form 30-year-old walked up to take the spot kick instead of the ever reliable Noble.

The former Nottingham Forest man slotted home, however, and took his tally to eight goals in his last six Premier League games for West Ham.

10 league goals

Antonio has now scored 10 goals in 23 Premier League appearances, and ExWHUemployee speculated that that goal tally played a big factor in the in-form forward taking the penalty last night:


West Ham put in a superb performance against Manchester United at Old Trafford last night. And David Moyes would have been delighted with his side.

The Scot would surely have been far from happy, however, had Antonio fluffed his lines from 12 yards out.

It matters little now. The 30-year-old scored. The Hammers picked up a point and secured their Premier League status for another season.

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Michail Antonio with Mark Noble (Photo by James Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

And if anyone deserves a bonus for their performances since the restart it is Michail Antonio.

The Hammers man has been quite simply superb over the past six games. He has almost single handedly dragged his team away from the danger zone.

And the West Ham owners must do everything they can to ensure that Antonio’s future lies at the London Stadium.

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