Mark Noble says refusing David Moyes’s call to take the penalty he missed against Manchester United would have “haunted him for life”.
“It would have been lovely in my last season to have scored so, obviously, missing hurt,” said Noble, who will retire as a West Ham player at the end of the season.
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“The thing I take out of it was that if the manager had asked me and I’d had said ‘No’, that I didn’t want to take it… I can live with missing, that’s not a problem with me, but would I have been able to live with saying no and sitting there and watching somebody else take it, not knowing ‘What if’?
“That would have haunted me for the rest of my life, so I take a bit of strength out of that.”
The Hammers will get a shot at redemption when they face United at Old Trafford in the third round of the Carabao Cup tonight.
They made the same trip in the FA Cup quarter-final last season but were knocked out after extra-time. This time around, though, Moyes has far more depth to call on as he looks for a first win over his former employers since leaving Old Trafford in 2014.