Moyes selected Zouma just hours after police launched a probe into a sickening video showing the 27-year-old dropping, kicking and slapping his pet cat.
West Ham “unreservedly condemned” Zouma’s horrific behaviour and the former Chelsea defender issued an apology ahead of kick-off in the Premier League match at the London Stadium.
Moyes was criticised for not taking Zouma out of his team, but he was adamant he had to do what was right for his club.
West Ham’s victory lifted them above Manchester United into fourth place in the Premier League as they chase a lucrative spot in next season’s Champions League.
“I’m really disappointed, and the club have taken all the action they can do at the moment behind the scenes. My job is to pick the best team, and Kurt was part of that,” Moyes told reporters.
“I’m a big animal lover, and it’s something that will have affected a lot of people”.
“I was completely disappointed with what I saw and what I was told, but my job was to try and find a way to get a win for West Ham. Some people will be disappointed and I understand that”.
“I’m someone who cares a lot about my dogs and my horses. The club are dealing with it as you well know.”
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