LONDON: Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea saved his first penalty after 41 attempts.
The Spanish goalkeeper denied West Ham’s Mark Noble a shot late in the game to secure his side’s 2-1 victory at London Stadium.
The Hammers thought they managed to collect a point when referee Martin Atkinson awarded a penalty in injury time.
West Ham manager David Moyes brought in captain Noble to take the kick but was saved by De Gea.
Noble has an excellent penalty record before while De Gea has not saved a penalty in a long time.
Noble completed 27 of 31 Premier League penalties before the action and had 87 per cent success in his kicks.
De Gea, meanwhile, failed to save his last 40 penalties – including in the penalty shootout for club and country.
Most disappointing was his failure to block Villarreal in a penalty shootout in last season’s Europa League final before he himself failed to complete the kick.
The last time he saved a penalty was in April 2016 where he denied Everton striker Romelu Lukaku a shot.
De Gea waited seven years to save a Premier League penalty after the last time he denied Everton’s Leighton Baines a shot in October 2014.
“I saw (Declan) Rice holding the ball so I thought he was going to take a penalty, but then I saw Noble.
“The last minute of the game and I saved it. It was three precious points for us,” De Gea said.
Moyes, meanwhile, defended his decision to bring in Noble only to take a penalty kick.
“Look at his record. It’s very good. I have time to think about it. I think I would be more disappointed if I didn’t do it.
“You made that decision but it didn’t work out today,” Moyes said.