Tim Sherwood has criticised David Moyes’s decision to bring Mark Noble on to take the penalty against Manchester United last week, suggesting that it was a ‘slap in the face for Declan Rice.’

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In all fairness, Sherwood has got a point.

Rice had the ball under his arm, ready to take the spot-kick.

Moyes chose to bring Noble on to take the penalty, however. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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Mark Noble (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Tim Sherwood thinks David Moyes disrespected Declan Rice

Moyes’s decision to bring on Noble backfired badly and we eventually lost the game to Manchester United.

We will never know if things would have been different if Rice took the spot-kick.


Sherwood criticised the decision by Moyes nevertheless, when speaking on Sky Sports today (September 25th, 2:40pm):

Tim Sherwood (Photo by Catherine Ivill – AMA/Getty Images)

“I think it was a huge call. Declan Rice had the ball under his arm and for me it was a massive slap in the face for Declan. He wanted to take it.”

Declan Rice bounced back in brilliant fashion from last week’s disappointment with a fabulous display against Leeds today.

It was a real sign of his character. How lucky we are to have Rice.

Hopefully Moyes has learned from the decision he made last weekend.

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The West Ham players have clearly put it behind them already with two wins over the last four days.

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