Moyes: Officials and wastefulness cost us against Man Utd

December 6, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

David Moyes blamed a poor refereeing decision for West Ham’s 3-1 defeat by Manchester United.

Second-half goals from Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford saw United come from behind to snatch all three points.

But Hammers boss Moyes insisted the ball had gone out of play by at least two yards in the build-up to Pogba’s equaliser, when United goalkeeper Dean Henderson cleared upfield along the touchline.

“I probably had the best view in the house, the ball went over my head and I’m a couple of yards off the pitch,” said Moyes

“I’m disappointed the linesman didn’t pick it up. He didn’t make a decision on that at all. Maybe he was looking for an offside, but I would have said his first job was to check the ball hadn’t gone out of play.

“The players reaction tells you the ball was out. I certainly feel it had a big part to play in the game.

“We never regrouped and got ourselves correct and we need to put that right.”

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The Hammers led at half-time through Tomas Soucek, and could have been further ahead but for some dubious finishing.

Sebastien Haller was the chief culprit when rounded Henderson, only to somehow stumble over his own feet instead of rolling the ball into an empty net.

Moyes added: “We had great opportunities to go 2-0 up, maybe more, but we didn’t kill it off.

“We didn’t show a clinical edge to our finishing and that was costly for us tonight.”

It meant the 2,000 West Ham fans inside the London Stadium, at the first Premier League match to have supporters present since March, went home disappointed.

Moyes said: “I thought the supporters were really good and I’m disappointed we couldn’t give them the result to go with it, but they were noisy.”