Gary Lineker slams ‘baffling’ decision to bring on Mark Noble after his last-gasp penalty miss


Gary Lineker slams David Moyes’ ‘baffling’ decision to bring on Mark Noble to take a penalty in the dying moments with West Ham trailing 2-1… which the club captain MISSES

  • Mark Noble came on Jarrod Bowen after Luke Shaw had handled in the box
  • However, the 34-year-old’s weak effort was pushed away by David de Gea 
  • Gary Lineker, Graeme Souness and Roy Keane all questioned the substitution  
  • Jesse Lingard had scored the winner just before to win it for Manchester United 


Gary Lineker has slammed David Moyes’ decision to send Mark Noble on to take a last-gasp penalty, which he missed as West Ham fell to a dramatic 2-1 defeat against Manchester United.

Said Benrahma and Cristiano Ronaldo’s strikes left the game finely poised at half-time before former Iron Jesse Lingard stunned the home faithful with a brilliant curling effort on 89 minutes. 

Moyes’ men were given a chance to equalise in the dying embers of the contest following a VAR check after Luke Shaw’s handball from Andriy Yarmolenko’s cross had initially been waved away by referee Martin Atkinson. 

Mark Noble was brought on for Jarrod Bowen with the chance to level the scores with a penalty

However, his spot-kick was superbly saved by David de Gea in a dramatic ending to the game

However, his spot-kick was superbly saved by David de Gea in a dramatic ending to the game

Gary Lineker, Graeme Souness and Roy Keane all criticised David Moyes for bringing Noble on

Gary Lineker, Graeme Souness and Roy Keane all criticised David Moyes for bringing Noble on

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Penalty specialist Noble was thrown on for Jarrod Bowen, but the 34-year-old lifelong Hammer – in his final season at the club – saw his effort bound for the bottom left-hand corner pushed away superbly by David de Gea. 

Posting on Twitter straight after the full-time whistle, Lineker wrote: ‘That is a decision which I will never understand.

‘Bringing on a player, even as experienced and as good a penalty taker as Noble, purely to take a penalty having not touched the ball is baffling. Same with England at the Euros.’

Guardian sports journalist Barry Glendenning’s tweeted that Noble’s career record of 38 penalties scored from 42 going into the contest made him well equipped enough to level the scores even with his first touch, to which Lineker replied: ‘Every tennis player hits balls just before playing.  

‘Every golfer hits balls just before playing. Every footballer strikes footballs just before playing. 

‘A sub coming on 90+ minutes doesn’t have that luxury. The small margins make big differences.’

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Said Benrahma gave the hosts the lead on 30 minutes with a deflected shot off Raphael Varane

Said Benrahma gave the hosts the lead on 30 minutes with a deflected shot off Raphael Varane

Cristiano Ronaldo then poked home after his initial effort was saved by Lukasz Fabianski

Cristiano Ronaldo then poked home after his initial effort was saved by Lukasz Fabianski

Ronaldo had several penalty appeals waved away as Jesse Lingard produced a fine winner

The win takes the Red Devils up to second as they only trail leaders Liverpool on goal difference, while the east Londoners remain eighth.

Sky Sports Super Sunday pundits Graeme Souness and Roy Keane also criticised Moyes’ ploy, with the Scot saying: ‘It’s a poor decision. It’s the 94th minute. You don’t bring someone on who’s stone cold. It’s wrong.’

‘He can’t have been warmed up properly. I fancied De Gea to save it. To bring a player who hasn’t had many minutes… there must be players on the pitch who can score.’



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