Both sets of fans will talk about this match for a long time. David Moyes’s attempt at a Louis Van Gaal blew up in his face spectacularly. Funny how soccer works. If Mark Noble had buried the spot kick, David Moyes would most probably by now been hailed as a coaching genius. Instead everyone is saying how foolish it was to give a sub a penalty to kick without even warmed up. Contrast this to LVG at world cup 2014, his decision to bring on Tim Krul in the quarter final made him the best coach in the world even earning him the job at Man United the following season. Mark Noble hardly ever misses and De Gea almost never saves penalties, this shows that the decision by Moyes wasn’t a bad one but the outcome of it was. Such is the way in business and life. Anyway this game was textbook example of redemption for players after catastrophic mistakes.
Jesse Lingard’s late winner must have felt good to his belly after his mistake led to the Young Boys scoring in injury time on Tuesday. Psychologists say that the only way for a sportsman to get over a mistake as traumatic as that one is to play more matches and visualize only the player’s triumphant moments. Ole did great in letting Lingard play but if I was him I would have gone a step further in starting him. I must admit I was one of those who have written David De Gea off after his series of mistakes last season. The penalty save would go a long way in boosting his confidence and the run of games in goal have served him quite well. West Ham had a good game despite the loss, with debutant Zouma(from Chelsea) at the heart of a solid defense, although he was maybe weak in preventing the Lingard goal. So good was the evergreen Declan Rice, he effectively nullified the Pogba threat. Lastly, the ref didn’t have a particularly great match in major decisions, I thought at least one of Ronaldo’s penalty appeals was a pen.