- United scored with virtually the last kick of the game against West Ham
- Marcus Rashford tapped in from close range after a swift counter-attack with less than 30 seconds to go
- The win took United to the top four for the first time since October 2021
Manchester United bagged a last-minute winner with virtually the last kick of the game to move to the top four at the expense of West Ham on Saturday, January 22.
It was Marcus Rashford who came up with the goods in the dying seconds just when it looked like West Ham were on their way to a draw at Old Trafford.
The England forward tapped in from close range from an Edinson Cavani cross to give his side the lead with 26 seconds left on the clock.
Both sides were not at their best in the game, and it looked like it was going to be another frustrating outing for Manchester United, who did not have any attempts on goal in the first half.
West Ham had chances of their own, as the in form Jarod Bowen drove a shot to the side netting while Thomas Soucek saw his glancing header marginally wide late in the game.
United did not show any intent until the second half when Ralf Rangnick brought on the likes of Rashford, Edinson Cavani and, quite controversially, Anthony Martial.
Interestingly enough, it was the three substitutes who combined for the winner as a late attack from United saw Martial feed the ball to Cavani down the left and the Uruguayan whipped in a dangerous cross which Rashford calmly smashed home.
The goal was reminiscent of the famous Fergie time, which involved the tendency to get last minute goals with huge impacts.
With the win, United climb to the top four for the first time since October 2021, albeit temporarily as Arsenal and Tottenham will have a chance to displace the Red Devils when they play Burnley and Chelsea respectively.
Source: Sports Brief News