• West Ham's Mark Noble believes that Jesse Lingard dived and did not deserve a penalty
  • Soccer pundits think otherwise, saying that Noble tugged on Lingard's shirt 
  • Manchester United fell to West Ham in the Carabao Cup, 1-0

West Ham United captain Mark Noble believes that Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard did not deserve a penalty in their Carabao Cup fixture, wherein Noble's side won.

"That’s football, he (Lingard) dived and I told him off for screaming, funnily enough he didn’t really do it at our place but he does it here,” said Noble.

The incident that Noble was referring to was when Noble tugged on Lingard’s jersey, causing him to crash and fall in the box.

Sky Sports pundits Carlton Cole and Casey Stoney fully believe that Manchester United should have been given a penalty right then and there.

"On a normal day anywhere else on the pitch it’s a free-kick, it’s swung in (Mark) Noble’s favor," Cole stated.

Stoney agreed with Cole’s verdict.

"I think that’s a penalty, anywhere else on the pitch and it’s a free-kick, he’s got a handful of shirt and shorts, it’s a penalty., he’s got away with one," Stoney pointed out.

Noble also shared some love for his former teammate when Lingard joined West Ham United last year on a season loan.

“We had a laugh on the pitch today, I love Jesse, he’s a great character and I’m so pleased he’s come here and getting his chance. He’s scored some fantastic goals, obviously, the one against us was hurtful, he’s a great lad and he deserves everything he gets."

Manchester United saw their chase for the Carabao Cup title come to a screeching halt after conceding a goal at the ninth minute to Manuel Lanzini.

Manchester United brought out most of their reserves as players like Anthony Martial, Alex Telles and Donny van de Beek started the match at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils had a match-high 27 shots but failed to convert a single one as the West Ham United defense just proved to be too good for them.

With the disappointing finish in what seemed to be a winnable match for them, Manchester United is compelled to show that their stacked roster has a lot more to show in the coming fixtures.

Aston Villa will be the next visitors to Old Trafford as they square off in an English Premier League match this Saturday, September 25.

As for West Ham United, they are set to visit Leeds United for a Premier League match on September 25 as well.

Jesse Lingard Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard (L) celebrates with Manchester United's Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo (R) after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Manchester United at The London Stadium, in east London on September 19, 2021. Photo: Photo by IAN KINGTON/AFP via Getty Images