Manchester United secured all three points against a hard-fighting Westham led by former manager David Moyes at Old Trafford.
Ralf Rangnick’s men made it two wins in two as they consolidated on their 3-1 victory away at Brentford during the week.
As the Premier League advances into it’s second half, the race for European spots become tougher and so it was between both sides as United who began the game in the seventh spot needed a win to shoot them into Champions League spot at least till others play while a win for Westham who lost at home last weekend to Leeds could have steered clear of today’s opponents if they had secured three points.
The game was cagey for most of it’s period and it took the input of the three substitutes in Anthony Martial, Edinson Cavani and goalscorer Marcus Rashford to get the job done.
Both sides didn’t come to the party in the first 45 minutes as both sides locked horns within that period without a single shot on target.
In fact, the only real goal threat in the first half was a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty call at the stroke of halftime when he was brought down after a challenge from Kourt Zouma but referee Jon Moss waved it.
Both sides began the second half in a similar fashion although with more attacking intent than the previous 45.
Both sides had flashes of brilliance but really lacked the cutting edge as well as brilliance in the final third.
Jarrod Bowen’s right-footed shot outside the penalty area would only shave the side net as it flew past a rooted De Gea.
Similarly efforts from Raphael Varane and Fred proved too weak for Alphonse Areola who was in goal for the fourth time in the league this season for the Hammers.
Breakthrough eventually came at a time Westham United looked certain of taking a point with them back to London after Man United manager Ralf Rangnick had sent on his trio at different points from the bench.
Manchester United went on to grab a late winner through Marcus Rashford.
Anthony Martial played a pass into the path of Edinson Cavani, who squared it across goal for Marcus Rashford to tap home from a couple of yards.
It was Marcus Rashford’s fourth injury time winner for Manchester United, the most of any United player in the Premier League.
Marcus Rashford has scored more 90th-minute winners in the Premier League than any other Man Utd player in the competition’s history:
90+2′ vs Hull
90+2′ vs Bournemouth
90+3′ vs Wolves
90+3′ vs West Ham
Man United are back in the top 4 as they occupy the fourth spot with 38 points while Westham have slipped to fifth with 37 points.
Both sides will be in action on Tuesday night.
While United embark on a trip to Turf Moor to keep a date with Burnley, Westham will be at home at the London Olympic Stadium when they host relegation-threatened Watford.