David Moyes alleges West Ham was robbed because Paul Pogba’s equalizing goal for Manchester United should not have stood after Dean Henderson’s long ball appeared to bend out of play in the build-up.
- West Ham boss David Moyes was angry with Manchester United’s equalizer
- The West Ham players were convinced that Dean Henderson’s playing field was gone
- It turned out to be the catalyst for a turnaround, as United came back to record a 3-1 victory
The enraged David Moyes said West Ham was robbed when Paul Pogba’s hotly contested strike sent comeback kings Manchester United to the top four with a 3-1 win at London Stadium.
The Hammers were leading 1-0 and were crossing when Paul Pogba equalized. The West Ham boss and his players were convinced that goalkeeper Dean Henderson’s long kick had curled out of play in the build-up.
“The ball went over my head on the sidelines,” said Moyes. There was no one in a better position to see it. The linesman claims he did not see it. It was a bad decision. The ball was out of play and our players knew it.
West Ham manager David Moyes was furious that Paul Pogba’s goal was allowed to stand
“We never regrouped and were right and we need to get that right.”
Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford rubbed salt into the wound, and Moyes admitted, “We went out. It really made us feel disappointed. ‘
The brawl comes a week after United came from 2-0 to win 3-2 at Southampton and it marks the fourth time this season that they have won from a losing position. On United’s tendency to fall behind, Rashford said, “We need to stop doing that.”
The Hammers led through Tomas Soucek during half-time and could have gone further, but for a dubious finish.
Sébastien Haller was the main culprit when he knocked over Henderson, but somehow tripped over his own feet instead of rolling the ball into an empty net.
Moyes added: “We had great chances to go up 2-0, maybe more, but we didn’t finish.
“We didn’t show a clinical lead in finishing and that was expensive for us tonight.”
It meant that the 2,000 West Ham fans at London Stadium, with supporters in their first Premier League game since March, went home disappointed.
Moyes, the boss of West Ham, was convinced that Dean Henderson’s playing field was out of play
Paul Pogba celebrates his goal that helped United get back on track against West Ham
Moyes said, “I thought the supporters were really good and I’m disappointed that we couldn’t give them the corresponding result, but they were noisy.”
It was Bruno Fernandes, a half-time substitute, who turned the game to the visitors’ advantage by playing all three goals.
The tying run came in the 65th minute when Fernandes rallied Henderson’s clearance and fed Pogba, who defeated Lukasz Fabianski with an excellent strike from 20 yards.
With West Ham, United took the lead and Fernandes was engaged again, his rear wheel found Alex Telles whistling in a low cross for Greenwood to touch, turn and shoot home.
Rashford was then passed on by Fernandes to place his shot against a post, but the English man made no mistake 10 minutes before the end.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was pleased to see the quality of his team emerging
Fernandes threw the ball squarely to Juan Mata, who searched Rashford again to complete the victory in style.
It’s not five wins from five away games for United – and they’ve always fallen behind.
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: ‘There are a lot of things that define a football match.
‘In the first half we had a lot of ball, but we couldn’t create anything. In the second half we changed things tactically, widened the space for Bruno in the middle and the three goals were all of excellent quality.
“That was the difference I would say, the quality we had in the second half was too high.”