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Manchester United have continued their unbeaten start to the Premier League season as Cristiano Ronaldo again proved crucial as they picked up a 2-1 win at West Ham.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United side end the weekend level with leaders Liverpool as prodigal son Ronaldo turned in another match winning performance against West Ham.

As expected, both sides looked intent on putting their stamp on things early on in the capital with Jarrod Bowen close range poke forced a scrambling stop from David De Gea.

However, despite not getting up to full power in the first 30, United created themselves a great chance to edge in front as Lukasz Fabianski brilliantly tipped away Bruno Fernandes’ drive.

But the game was to explode into life at both ends before the break as Said Benrahma’s deflected strike trickled past De Gea before Ronaldo popped up in the box to prod home the equaliser.

The game continued to ebb from end to end once again after the restart with the impressive Bowen and Ronaldo both coming close to a breakthrough.

But just as the second half looked set to drift off in the final minutes the Premier League gods treated us to some vintage nonsense in the final moments.

Substitute Jesse Lingard returned to haunt the Hammers with three minutes to go as he stepped inside to steer home Nemanja Matic’s pass.

But in reality, the real drama was to drop deep into added time.

England star Luke Shaw was punished for handball inside the box with David Moyes making an NFL-style call to bring on Mark Noble to take the all-important spot kick.

But despite Noble’s record of not missing from the spot since 2016, De Gea sprang down to keep out the Hammers skipper.

Full Time from the London Stadium it’s West Ham 1-2 Manchester United

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