David Moyes says David de Gea was the difference at Old Trafford

Manchester United West Ham United David Moyes says David de Gea was the difference at Old Trafford

David Moyes believes David de Gea was the difference between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on Sunday in the Premier League.

Man United extended their unbeaten run to eight matches across all competitions following a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Hammers.

Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half as chances flew by at both ends.

Late in the game, the visitors pushed to get the equaliser but sadly, De Gea was at his best and proved unbeatable after he kept out Kurt Zouma’s close-range header and Declan Rice’s last-minute effort.

Moyes thought it was David de Gea who made the difference between Manchester United and West Ham United at the Theatre of Dreams, despite great performances from the likes of Lisandro Martinez, Diogo Dalot and Harry Maguire.

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David de Gea was brilliant for them today,” Moyes told West Ham’s official website. “He made two great saves, but we won 2-0 against Bournemouth and 1-0 in midweek [against Silkeborg in the UEFA Europa Conference League], and we need to be getting more goals than that.

“Today we lost 1-0, so great credit to the defence for the way they’ve played against a good team, but we need to start taking more opportunities and creating more opportunities.”

Manchester United controlled the first half and created more goalscoring chances but in the last 15 minutes, West Ham United were all over United, hence calling De Gea into making some brilliant saves.

The former Man United boss was pleased by his side’s ability to keep a club as big as the Red Devils on their toes but admitted that his side lacked the sufficient quality to finish off their chances.

“I thought it was a game today when – and I don’t like saying it because when you lose, you lose, and we’ve had too many hard luck stories I’ve talked about this year – we pushed a big team really close,” Moyes added.

“We did it at Anfield a couple of weeks ago and we did it again today and we just couldn’t get ourselves the goal.

“As I’ve been saying the last few weeks, we’re just lacking that last little bit of quality at the moment.”

Manchester United will return to action this week when they play visitors to Real Sociedad in the Europa League.

United are one point behind 4th-placed Newcastle United, who have played a game more.