West Ham United skipper Mark Noble has jokingly revealed that he told Jesse Lingard off for screaming during their meeting in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
Lingard is now back at Manchester United after spending the second half of last season on loan at the Hammers, where he scored nine goals and provided five assists in 16 appearances.
The England playmaker started United's defeat to West Ham at Old Trafford, having scored a late winner when the sides met in the Premier League at the weekend.
Noble also hit the headlines on Sunday, as he came off the bench to take a penalty in stoppage time only for it to be saved.
Lingard went down in the penalty area under the challenge of Noble during the League Cup match at Old Trafford but referee Jonathan Moss saw nothing wrong.
This led Noble to jokingly reveal after the match that Lingard had "dived" and that he was not like that in east London.
Noble 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!
“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.
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“He's scored some fantastic goals, obviously the one against us was hurtful, he's a great lad and he deserves everything he gets.”
Noble and Lingard played together eight times last season as Lingard's January arrival helped the club finished sixth and qualify for the Europa League.
They were on opposite sides for the second time in four days on Wednesday as Manuel Lanzini's ninth minute goal sent the Hammers into the last 16 of the Carabao Cup.
Red Devils' boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was not impressed with the referee's decision not to award a penalty for Noble's challenge on Lingard, though.
The Norwegian explained his frustration post-match as he stated: “I would rather not say too much but it was a penalty again on Jesse Lingard.
“You want to go through but it is a long season, we gave it a good go, can't fault them for attitude and have big games coming up.
“It is a long journey all season, we have loads of games and keep on doing what we are doing, trying to get results. We are out of this cup which is not great but we will focus for Saturday.”
His side host Aston Villa in the Premier League in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off, while West Ham travel to Elland Road to face Leeds United.
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