Jesse Lingard’s late strike makes up for his horror back-pass in Switzerland. Mark Noble steps off the bench to miss a 95th minute penalty for West Ham.
Mark Noble came off the bench to score an injury-time penalty and saw it saved, as Jesse Lingard’s superb late strike ensured a 2-1 victory for Manchester United against his former club.
Lingard, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at West Ham last season, came on as a substitute in the 2nd half, and with just 2 minutes left on the clock, he cut onto his right foot and smashed the ball into the top right corner. After his calamitous back-pass in the Champions League last week that cost United the game against Young Boys, this time he won it for them!
More drama was to come later as Luke Shaw handballed in the box and David De Gea dived the right way to save the penalty-kick that had been taken by Noble, who was taking his first touch after coming off the bench in the 95th minute.
Earlier in the match, Cristiano Ronaldo had found the net for his 4th goal in 3 games since re-signing for Manchester United. He scored an easy tap in from close range on 35 minutes after West Ham keeper Łukasz Fabiański spilled the original effort back into the attacker’s path.
David Moyes’ Hammers had taken the lead 5 minutes before that, when Saïd Benrahma unleashed a speculative shot from outside the area that went in after taking a massive deflection off defender Raphael Varane, past De Gea, and into the United net.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team remain unbeaten in the league this season with 4 wins and a draw. West Ham lost for the 1st time this season. United are now 3rd in the table, but level on 13 points with Liverpool and Chelsea. West Ham remain in 8th position, on 8 points.