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David Moyes reflects on how Man City ‘completely outdid’ West Ham; explains how close Scamacca is to starting

David Moyes next to Pep Guardiola

David Moyes felt his West Ham United side were tactically outdone by Manchester City in their opening game of the season.

West Ham were the first Premier League opponents for the reigning champions this season. It ended as a 2-0 victory for Manchester City at the London Stadium. Erling Haaland scored both goals, one in either half.

The new arrival made his impact felt by winning and scoring a penalty in the first half, after being brought down by Alphonse Areola. Then, he scored from open play after the break.

West Ham are hoping to have a competitive season themselves after consecutive finishes in the European places. But Moyes acknowledged that City were a level above on the day.

He told Sky Sports: “They were so good. I felt that tactically they completely outdid us today.

“They played differently than at the end of last season with both full-backs in the middle of the pitch like midfielders. We worked hard to try and replicate what we did in that game.

“It was a case of trying to stay in the game. It was only 1-0 at half-time with a penalty and it gave us an opportunity and a chance. We’d just started to grow into the game and their quality told.

“I felt like we had not played well enough so I wanted to try and change the run of the game. We got a little bit more of the ball for about five mins. They were far better than us and we couldn’t cope today.”

All eyes were on City striker Haaland as his Premier League career began. West Ham happened to be the unlucky victims who had to try and stop him.

Moyes was well aware of the striker’s threat, but thinks his side could have prevented his second goal in particular.

The manager said: “We’ve all watched him from a distance. He is someone who looks like he’ll be an outstanding player. He made the same sort of runs as against Liverpool.

“I still think we should have cut the pass out [from Kevin de Bruyne] to be honest.”

David Moyes discusses Gianluca Scamacca debut

West Ham had a new striker of their own to introduce. Recent signing Gianluca Scamacca came on in the second half for his first taste of the Premier League.

Still building up his sharpness, the former Sassuolo striker should be useful support for Michail Antonio.

In a separate interview with the BBC, Moyes said: “We are looking forward to getting him in the right condition. He is not far away.

“Getting minutes today will be really important for him. I am hoping he will come good, we need more attacking options.

“We are trying to build, we want to strengthen. We have had good team over the last couple of seasons and we want to try and do that again.”

West Ham will next be in action when they have the slightly less daunting task of facing newly promoted Nottingham Forest on August 14.