Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former West Ham striker Frank McAvennie has questioned David Moyes’ “defensive” tactics during the Hammers defeat at Manchester United on Saturday.
Craig Dawson’s second-half own goal proved the difference between the sides, but West Ham hardly threatened, and failed to register a single attempt on Dean Henderson’s goal as they lost for just the third time in the Premier League since Christmas, but do remain in touch with fourth-place Chelsea.
But Moyes decided against bringing in either Said Benrahma or Manuel Lanzini against his former side, starting Jared Bowen and Michail Antonio as West Ham’s only two attacking players.
And McAvennie felt that Moyes should have gone with a similar approach to the one he used against United’s rivals City last month, despite their narrow defeat at the Etihad Stadium.
He told Football FanCast: “Two weeks ago they played Man City and they were outstanding. They were on the front-foot. Yes, they’re going to miss Lingard, any team would. It was a shame, I liked them against Man City and the fans loved it.
“That’s two games this season – they should have gone for Liverpool, they were not playing well, of course you’ve got to be wary of the front-three, but they didn’t and the fans were upset. And they didn’t do that against Man United, I was disappointed.
“I’m not going to have a go at David Moyes because he’s been brilliant this season as manager and got 99.9% of things right, but at Man United he got it wrong, he was too defensive.”