By Noel Whelan

3rd Nov, 2022 | 12:00pm

Pundit hits back at David Moyes criticism as new West Ham details emerge

Noel Whelan has claimed West Ham “deserved” a point against Man United on Sunday (30 October) after criticism of David Moyes’ game plan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted it is hard to be on “all-out attack” away from home against a top-six side.

Man United took all three points against West Ham on Sunday through Marcus Rashford’s first-half goal, despite Moyes’ side peppering their goal with 13 attempts.

The loss means West Ham have now failed to win in each of their 11 games against “big six” opposition in 2022 – picking up just two points from a possible 33.

The Athletic‘s Irons correspondent Roshane Thomas claimed (31 October) Moyes favours a “conservative” approach against top sides and shows them “too much respect”.

West Ham sit 13th in the Premier League after losing seven of their opening 13 games.

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Whelan insisted Moyes’ side would have walked away with a point but for a top-class performance from Man United goalkeeper David de Gea.

He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “Sometimes it’s difficult when you’re playing away from home.

“It’s hard to be on all-out attack against certain teams.

“Obviously when you’re 2-0 down you’ve got to work harder to get back in the game.

“But when it’s just a one-goal deficit, you try and keep it that way but take your opportunities.

“Look, it could have been a different scoreline altogether. They probably deserved to walk away with a point, which would have been a fantastic point – but for David de Gea.

“I think you’ve just got to hold your hands up and admit that De Gea had one of those games which single-handedly gave Man United all three points.”

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