In a game that looked sure to set out toward a draw, each of the three of Rangnick’s substitutes combined as Anthony Martial played in Edinson Cavani, who crossed for Rashford to provide the finishing touch which broke West Ham’s resistance at Old Trafford.
“They are the best games to be involved in and when you’re on the winning side of it, it’s a great feeling,” Rashford told Sky Sports as he savoured his match-winning moment after the game, “Nothing really beats it in football.”
Rangnick, who has now picked up 17 points from a possible 24 as United’s interim manager, echoed Rashford’s sentiment, saying that United deserved to win. He told Sky Sports: If you score in the last second of the game that is the best type of wins, a clean sheet, I think in the end we deserved to win.”
Prior in the match, it was a half that promised much with West Ham making a good start before United took control.
The first shot on target in the match came early in the second half as Alphonse Areola, who was making his Premier League debut for the Hammers, flung himself into action to keep out Fred’s powerful shot.
It seemed like Manchester United were going to miss out the chance to go fourth as West Ham held firm, yet there was to be one last sting in the tail as Rashford struck from close range for the second consecutive game.
The VAR checked a potential offside against Cavani in the build-up to the goal yet there was to be no last-gasp reprieve for David Moyes’ men as United boosted their side’s hopes of finishing in the top four.