West Ham fans may have been surprised when they saw Michail Antonio’s name on the team sheet yesterday.

Antonio was given a start with Robert Snodgrass out with a suspension. Manuel Pellegrini decided to stay with an attacking line-up, despite having Mark Noble available again.

There would have been groans from many West Ham fans when they heard that Antonio was starting.

He is usually the scapegoat most weeks and his performances have been below par since his return from injury.

But some West Ham fans would have been pleasantly surprised by the 28-year-old’s display against Manchester City.

Michail Antonio was given a rare start yesterday. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Despite losing 4-0, West Ham still carried some attacking threat and Antonio caused the Man City defence some problems.

It was far from a perfect display from West Ham’s winger but it was more promising than his recent performances.

With his West Ham future to play for, Antonio needs to impress Pellegrini before January and he may have earned an extended stay in the first-team.

Below are some tweets from West Ham fans who were impressed by Antonio’s showing against Man City.