West Ham fans rip into Manuel Lanzini for latest performance

Ross Houston
January 15, 2020

[The defender] has knocked the ball into my hand. If you are running with your arms like that with the rules as they are now it is handball but it is not intentional. The VAR checks it and it's a real kick in the teeth. "They were celebrating VAR like it was a goal and football should not be like that".

"I think it is the thoughts of every Premier League player, not just me, pretty much every one doesn't want to have VAR in the game".

It looked like the Blades had been denied the victory when Robert Snodgrass - even more of a scourge of Wilder's Sheffield United than the video assistant referee has been this season - found the net in stoppage time.

As per Sky Sports, West Ham's new manager David Moyes is eager to strengthen the midfield department and has identified Marouane Fellaini as a ideal fit for this goal.

But this was a frustrating evening for Moyes, who was beaten for the first time after winning the opening two matches of his second spell with the club.

While West Ham, who lost keeper Lukasz Fabianski to injury early on, could feel hard done by, while Sheffield United would have been kicking themselves if they had not won after failing to kill off the visitors having taken the lead.

Martin tried to play a quick goal-kick short to Balbuena, but the wayward pass escaped the dozing West Ham defender and Fleck pounced, squaring the ball for McBurnie to drill under the former Millwall keeper for his fourth goal of the season.

Moyes has a big task on his hands with West Ham sitting 16th, just two points above the relegation zone. Declan Rice did really good to break through the middle. "It doesn't change my view".

"I don't think it's just me, I think it's every Premier League player's mind - I don't think anyone wants VAR in the game", he added at Sky Sports.

"Declan does great, does everything right. We didn't deserve to lose", said Moyes, who looked incredulous at the VAR decision.

Blades boss Chris Wilder, whose side are up to fifth place, conceded his team had enjoyed a lucky escape.

"We had to improve the performance because tonight wasn't at our best", he said.

Wilder said, "I think second half we better then the first, we livened ourselves up".

"Soon as they scored, no-one was looking at it but I felt for the opposition - it's the same moans and groans as we've had in the past". "We were worth at least a draw".

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