WEST HAM skipper Mark Noble jokingly told off Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard for ‘diving and screaming’ on Wednesday.
The two players were team-mates at the London Stadium last season and enjoyed a bit of banter as the Hammers won 1-0 at Old Trafford.
As quoted by the Daily Mail, Noble, 34, said: “That’s football, he dived and I told him off for screaming.
“Funnily enough he didn’t really do it at our place but he does it here!”
But Noble was only joking with his ex-colleague, 28, and the two remain close friends after Lingard’s exploits in the second half of last season.
The England winger scored nine goals in 16 Premier League appearances to help West Ham qualify for this term’s Europa League.
Noble added: “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.”
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Lingard scored a stunning late winner to help Man Utd beat West Ham 2-1 in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
The Hammers should have got a point as Noble missed an added-time penalty thanks to a brilliant stop from goalkeeper David de Gea.
But David Moyes’ side quickly avenged that defeat with a famous victory at Old Trafford and kept their hopes of winning an elusive trophy alive.
West Ham haven’t lifted a major honour since their FA Cup triumph in 1980.
Noble told the club’s website: “Sunday night, sitting at home, I felt sick as a pig.
“But you wake up in the morning and you go into training and think: ‘Right I’ve got to play on Wednesday and get ready for it.’
“You’re going to get knocked as a football player, I’m old enough to realise that.
“And at the end of the day you’ve got to be brave enough to step up and take responsibility.
“I missed [the penalty] but tonight, I’ve come out at Old Trafford – one of the best places to play in the world – and I’ve enjoyed it.”