Let’s be honest. West Ham went up to the Etihad with the sole purpose of not losing heavily. David Moyes set his side up in an incredibly defensive manner, and the Hammers went out with a whimper against Manchester City, failing to register a single shot on target.

The eleven players selected by Moyes left the Scot open for criticism. West Ham played with a flat back five, and had three defensive midfielders sitting in front of them, whilst Robert Snodgrass supported Michail Antonio in attack.

Aside from the former Nottingham Forest ace, the Hammers had no pace in their side whatsoever. Another problem was their lack of creativity.

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Pablo Fornals (Photo by James Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

And this made Pablo Fornals’ omission from the 18-man match-day squad all the more baffling.

The Spaniard is clearly not rated by Moyes. He was one of West Ham’s best and most consistent players for a two month spell before the 56-year-old took over, but since the start of the year he has only played 227 Premier League minutes.

Some West Ham fans were completely baffled as to why Fornals wasn’t part of the traveling party to Manchester last night…

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And reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee delivered his verdict on the situation, speculating that Moyes might just not rate the Spaniard…

Whatever the reason, Moyes must be open to changing his mind on Fornals. Because the 23-year-old could be a real difference-maker for the Hammers between now and the end of the season.

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