Mark Noble has credited Manchester United for the manner in which they came from behind to snatch a 1-1 draw against his West Ham side in an FA Cup quarter-final clash on Sunday.

The Hammers, who headed into the game at Old Trafford on the back of a six-match unbeaten streak in all competitions, took a 68th minute lead when Dimitri Payet deftly managed to convert a free kick.

But just when it looked like West Ham were about to reach the semi-finals of the domestic cup competition at the expense of Manchester United, the home team struck through Anthony Martial seven minutes from time to earn a replay.

And Noble, who admitted that West Ham were disappointed at failing to return home with a win, however insisted that his side will take confidence from their performance at Old Trafford for the replay at Upton Park.

“Coming to Old Trafford and playing the way we did, especially in the first half [is great]”, he told the club’s official site.


“We probably should have been two up in the first 20 minutes, Emi [Emenike] had a couple of great chances, Andy [Carroll] had a couple too.

“What a fantastic goal it was from Dimi, another great free kick. What he’s doing at the minute is special.

“We’re a little disappointed to be honest because we should have come away with the win, but credit to Man Utd, they fought back.

“We’ll take a lot of confidence from that today and now we’ve got them at Upton Park which is another great game for us there.”

West Ham, who are currently fifth in the Premier League with 49 points from 29 games, just two adrift fourth-placed Manchester City, will next face Chelsea in the league on Saturday.