Match of the Day pundits Alan Shearer and Dion Dublin have laid the blame for West Ham United’s defeat to Manchester United squarely at the feet of David Moyes and Kurt Zouma.
West Ham lost in absolutely agonising circumstances against Man United on Sunday.
The Hammers had led 1-0 through Said Benrahma. But goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and a last minute dagger through the heart from former hero Jesse Lingard – who else – sealed a 2-1 win for the Red Devils in the 89th minute.
But not before West Ham added to the agony themselves when Moyes brought on captain Mark Noble to take a 93rd minute penalty which was saved by David de Gea.
Some have been critical of Moyes’s decision to bring Noble off the bench for the spot kick. Others have said it was logical – given Noble has not missed a spot kick for seven years – and brave.
But Match of the Day pundits Shearer and Dublin slammed Moyes’s decision while also criticising West Ham’s towering man of the match Zouma for the defeat.
“He wasn’t warmed up at all,” Shearer said on Match of the Day 2.
“He hasn’t kicked a ball for a couple of hours, he hasn’t stretched, he hasn’t warmed up, he hasn’t done any running, no preparation, so it was a gamble but one that didn’t pay off at all.
“You have to make a decision and he’s (Moyes) made it, and it’s backfired.”
Dublin had a different take, suggesting Moyes does not trust Declan Rice to take penalties.
“One of the worrying things is, what does that say about Declan Rice?” Dublin said on MOTD2.
“For me, thinking ‘I don’t trust you to take another penalty’ there’s a little bit of distrust there. You’ve got a great penalty taker – who hasn’t done anything – sat on the bench, not had a kick of the ball. You’ve got a player who has played the whole of the game, he’s missed a few penalties but he’s a young boy, he’s confident, he’s one of your best players.”
Shearer added – from great experience – that Moyes had made an already high pressure situation even more difficult.
“Penalties are hard enough anyway, he’s in a pressurised situation, it’s going to be the last kick of the game, you need warm up, at least do some runs and stretches, it’s a difficult situation.”
Zouma was imperious again for West Ham after impressing on his debut in the win over Dinamo Zagreb.
But both Shearer and Dublin criticised the ex Chelsea man for allowing Lingard to come inside on his right foot for the winner.
“Poor defending I think, because that’s exactly what he wants to do and Zouma should know that,” Shearer added.
“He can’t let him come inside like that, he’s got to get tighter.”
Dublin added: “Zouma really should be showing him down the line because Lingard’s good enough to do that all week.”