West Ham United legend Trevor Sinclair has pulled no punches when it comes to David Moyes’s tactics in the defeat to Manchester United.
The Hammers lost 1-0 against a depleted Man United side to dent their hopes of a European spot.
With Chelsea drawing against Leeds and both Everton and Tottenham losing, the door was open for West Ham to go three points off third with a game in hand.
Fans frustrated by tentative Moyes tactics in defeat at Old Trafford
But Moyes went with a back five and tried to play for a draw much like West Ham have done against most top six sides this season.
Many West Ham fans were hugely frustrated by the Scot’s tactics.
Particularly after a switch of formation and the introduction of attack-minded players Said Benrahma and Manuel Lanzini instantly resulted in West Ham looking much more of a threat.
Yet again supporters feel West Ham passed up the chance to beat a top side who are not at their best.
And Sinclair is no different.
Sinclair accuses Moyes of showing a lack of trust in West Ham players once again
He was frustrated by Moyes’s tactics and accused the West Ham boss of failing to trust his players yet again.
“Too respectful and negative once again for me,” Sinclair said on Twitter.
“Miles better after the changes. (The) boys (have) proved they can compete so time to back them if we’re going to have a proper go at top four COYI.”
West Ham fans find it difficult to criticise Moyes because he has worked wonders this season.
But the reality is that this – like 2015/16 – is a unique season, the likes of which we may never see again for some time.
Difficult to criticise Moyes but West Ham have looked a gift horse in the mouth too often in wide open season
So West Ham must take advantage of the fact they have performed so well and be brave when it matters most to achieve something great.
Against the likes of Manchester City or the Liverpools of last season, Moyes’s tactics are completely understandable.
But Moyes has been accused of showing too much respect to the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool when they were well out of sorts.
And it was more of the same against a Man United side missing six key players who have blown hot and cold all season.