David De Gea celebrates the win for United. Credit: Getty.
Just moments earlier, ex-Hammer Jesse Lingard came back to haunt David Moyes with an 89th-minute strike, after Cristiano Ronaldo had levelled in the first period for the Red Devils.
The result means United extend their unbeaten away run in the Premier League to 29 games and leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men level on points with Liverpool at the top of the table.
Bruno Fernandes: Not everything the No.18 tried on Sunday worked, but his excellent ball into Ronaldo got the Red Devils back on level terms after 35 minutes. As usual, he pulled the strings for United from the No.10 role.
Jesse Lingard: What a week for the United youth product as he popped up with a late winner after his error on Tuesday cost Solskjaer’s side a point in Switzerland. The home supporters clapped him onto the pitch when he was introduced in the 73rd minute, but they certainly applauding weren’t by the end of the game.
David De Gea: After a relatively quiet afternoon in East London, the Spaniard was called into action late on and made a superb save to deny Noble’s injury-time penalty. He was surrounded by his team-mates after the game and no wonder, after his stop earned the Red Devils three points.
Raphael Varane: The Frenchman accidentally diverted the ball beyond his own goalkeeper in the first period to give the Hammers’ the lead. Although not Varane’s fault, his deflection on Said Benrahma’s shot gave De Gea no chance in the away goal.
Mark Noble: The midfielder was thrown on to take the Irons’ penalty, but his spot-kick was saved by De Gea and meant West Ham didn’t take anything from Sunday’s game.
David Moyes: It’s easy to say in hindsight, but Moyes’s decision to introduce Noble to take the penalty proved decisive. It meant that once again the 58-year-old failed to beat his former side and drew criticism for Sky Sports’ pundit Roy Keane after the game.
West Ham (4-2-3-1): Fabianski 7; Coufal 7, Zouma 8, Ogbonna 7, Cresswell 5; Soucek 7, Rice 5; Fornals 6, Benrahma 6 (Lanzini 88), Vlasic 6 (Yarmalenko 68; 6); Bowen 6 (Noble 90+5).
Man United (4-2-3-1): De Gea 7; Wan-Bissaka 5, Varane 5, Maguire 7, Shaw 6; McTominay 6, Fred 7 (Matic 88); Greenwood 5 (Lingard 73;), Fernandes 7, Pogba 6 (Sancho 73); Ronaldo 6.
The two sides are actually set to do battle again on Wednesday as the Red Devils host West Ham in the League Cup. After that, it’s a home game against Aston Villa, following their impressive victory over Everton on Saturday.