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'I saw': David de Gea makes admission straight after saving Mark Noble's penalty for West Ham

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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has admitted to Sky Sports that he was expecting Declan Rice to take the penalty before Mark Noble stopped up.

De Dea shocked

Rice had the ball in his hands in the final minute as West Ham were awarded a spot kick for a hand-ball against Luke Shaw.

However, West Ham boss David Moyes opted to bring on Noble to take the kick.

Noble has an exemplary penalty record, but he could not find a way past De Gea to rescue a point for his side.

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And the Spanish ‘keeper admitted that he was shocked when he saw Noble enter the field, as he was always expecting Rice to take it.

“To be honest, I saw Rice on the ball so I was expecting him to take the penalty, then I saw Noble with the ball. It was the last minute of the game, so I made the save it and it’s a massive three points for us,” he said just after the full-time whistle.

“Just save it [was what I was thinking about], save the ball, it’s always difficult to play here against West Ham so I’m really, really happy.”

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Wrong decision?

Moyes’ decision to bring in Noble has been heavily criticised after the game.

However, West Ham had had a poor record from penalties of late, and Noble is usually so reliable from the spot.

There was some logic to Moyes’ decision, even if he may regret it now.

West Ham have still made a positive start to the season, but failing to get a point out of yesterday’s game will unquestionably cause some frustration around the London Stadium, given the manner of the defeat.

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