Watch: Declan Rice teases Lingard after penalty dispute – ‘He knew he had to’
The 28-year-old immediately looks to be an important part of David Moyes’ plans, having not been handed a single Premier League opportunity by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier this season, but he’s not quite on designated penalty-taker duty just yet.
The Hammers moved ahead of Liverpool and temporarily up into the top four with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Sheffield United in Monday’s early evening kick-off.
Captain Declan Rice pulled rank and coolly slotted home the opening goal from the penalty spot. There was extra pressure to convert after a short discussion with Lingard, who was evidently keen to score a third goal in as many games for his new club.
But there were evidently no hard feelings. Rice updated his Instagram after the match, sharing a clip of him teasing Lingard about the little tiff.
West Ham finally have their penalty 👀
Jesse Lingard wasn't overly-happy to let Declan Rice do the honours, but was the first to congratulate the West Ham star after he puts it away 🙌
All's well that ends well ⚒️ pic.twitter.com/p0jL22Il5a
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