David Moyes has echoed Declan Rice’s claim that Manchester United didn’t deserve to win the game, though the former admits West Ham United didn’t deserve to win either.
Rice said after the match that a draw would have been a fair result to both sides and confessed that Marcus Rashford’s last-minute goal was like a ‘real kick in the teeth’.
It’s obvious that the game was tight and needed fine margins to make the difference. Neither side created too many clear-cut chances. The Hammers were limited to one short on target, while United managed three, including Rashford’s late strike.
“We’re gutted,” Rice told West Ham’s official website. “It was a real kick in the teeth.
“We fought so well. There was very little in the game, so I think a draw would have probably been a fair result.”
David Moyes admits his side didn’t do enough in the final third to win the game but believes their good defending certainly should have earned them a point off United, given how they denied United from creating many goalscoring chances.
“We did an awful lot of good things today – we didn’t deserve to win, but we certainly deserved a draw,” Moyes told West Ham TV.
“We didn’t play as well as we can in the attacking side of the game, but we did a better job defensively today.
“I thought we defended better and had better organisation coming away here today, but having a tight, compact organisation also affected our ability to attack, score and make more chances.
“But that’s what happens when you play against the bigger teams – you have to have a balance between it.
“I thought we had a good defensive balance today, but our attacking play wasn’t of the level that we’ve produced in other games.”
Manchester United moved from 7th to 4th in the Premier League following their narrow win over West Ham United, who currently sit in the 5th position with 37 points from 23 matches, a point behind United despite playing a game more.