Noble - We have a great team spirit

West Ham United captain Mark Noble has nothing but praise for the way his team-mates have stuck together this season and showed they are ready to compete against any team in the top flight.

Despite losing influential players such as Dimitri Payet, Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and Manuel Lanzini and Victor Moses coming off injured in the first half, the players still showed they have enough quality to come away with an impressive point against Manchester United.

The Hammers could have easily won the game after hitting the woodwork twice and both Moses and Mauro Zarate had big opportunities to open the scoring.

Noble feels the team spirit has played a major role in helping the squad come together and the strength in depth has enabled Slaven Bilic to still name a strong team when key players have not been available for selection.

Noble said: “We have had good team spirit from day one. We are not going to get a result every game but it is how you bounce back.

“We have had a few good away results this season, but coming off the back of a couple of disappointing performances, I thought the boys played really well.

“There were a lot of important players missing (against United) but the boys have stepped in well. I thought the back four were fantastic and Reidy in particular was great.

“Angelo coming back into the team and Tonks playing at right back at Old Trafford against a tricky player just shows what we have got in the dressing room. It is a great result for us.

“To come to Old Trafford on a windy afternoon in December and put in a performance like that shows you the belief and a lot of credit to the lads.

“We had a couple of great blocks from the lads but we had chances to win the game. We hit the post twice and had a great chance when Victor missed a one on one. Mauro has also missed a good chance.

“You don't normally get too many opportunities when you come to Old Trafford and it is a credit for us that we managed to create them. They are a top team and have only conceded one goal at home this season but we gave them a good game.”