West Ham fans have been left fuming after Mark Noble was brought on to take a last-gasp penalty against Manchester United – before watching it saved by David de Gea.
The veteran midfielder, who intends to retire at the end of the season, came off the bench to try and claim an equaliser after Declan Rice had picked up the ball following Luke Shaw's handball.
The 34-year-old, who is no longer a regular starter under David Moyes, had scored 38 and missed only four of his previous West Ham penalties, failing to score only once since 2009.
However, it was De Gea who came out on top with a strong right-handed save down to his left, which meant Jesse Lingard's strike to make it 2-1 ended up as the winner.
West Ham fans have been left baffled by the decision, with many comparing it to Gareth Southgate's decision to hand late substitutes Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka the duty in the final of Euro 2020.
With all three of those missing, the tactic has once again proved to be a risky one.
Gary Lineker said: "That is a decision 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."
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With one West Ham fan saying in response: "Awful decision from Moyes."
With a second adding: "Shocking management from Moyes tbh."
A third continued: "Didn’t realise it was a testimonial? Insult to Rice."
With a forth adding: "Should of learned from Euros that you don’t bring on players to take penalty when they not been part of the game shocking decision."
Moyes told BBC Sport of the decision: "We got a penalty kick and I have one of the best penalty takers in the Premier League and Europe. I think if I hadn't made the decision I'd have been more annoyed with myself.
"I asked him and he said I'm ready, he has a great record, why would we not? We've missed a few recently so I thought I'd take the opportunity to bring Mark on.
"I think are all enjoying the game more because of how the referees are going about their jobs, I thought the referee did a great job today."
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