David de Gea saved a 95th-minute Mark Noble penalty as Jesse Lingard’s late winner haunted West Ham and earned Manchester United a 2-1 victory at the London Stadium on Super Sunday.
Manchester United looked on course for victory when Lingard, who enjoyed a successful spell on loan in east London last season which the Hammers were ultimately unable to make permanent, came off the bench and curled a stunning solo goal into the top corner in the final minute of the game.
But, deep into stoppage-time, referee Martin Atkinson was advised to consult the pitchside monitor after VAR spotted a handball by Luke Shaw. The penalty was awarded and taken by captain Noble, who was brought on to take the penalty, but, in a dramatic final twist, the West Ham captain’s first touch from the spot drew an inspired save from De Gea.
Noble’s introduction in order to take the kick was criticised by Sky Sports pundits Graeme Souness and Roy Keane, but a defiant Moyes said: “I’d have been more disappointed if I hadn’t made the decision.”
West Ham had taken the lead on the half-hour mark thanks to Said Benrahma’s deflected opener but Cristiano Ronaldo’s fourth goal of the season levelled things up five minutes later and laid the foundation for the drama that was to come.
The victory lifts Manchester United joint-top of the Premier League, level on 13 points with Liverpool, while West Ham remains in eighth having suffered their first defeat of the season.