Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to United's late win over West Ham

Manchester United’s clash with West Ham looked to be drifting towards a 0-0 draw before Marcus Rashford’s late, late goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo played his part in the strike which sent Old Trafford wild, with all three substitutes involved as well.

Ralf Rangnick had essentially a 4-2-4 formation in action by the end of the game and that risk paid off as United scooped a crucial win and got into the top four.

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After the game, Ronaldo took to Instagram to send a message to the United fans, many of whom created an incredible atmosphere when the ball hit the back of the net.

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That makes it consecutive Premier League victories for United now and it has been the perfect way to respond to the blow of letting two points slip against Aston Villa last time out.

Ronaldo was an injury doubt for this game but started and played 90 minutes as United kept believing and eventually converted their chance.

United now have a break and that should allow Ronaldo to recover from any lingering impact from his hip and neck injuries.

The Red Devils are not back in action until Friday 4 February, when Middlesbrough visit Old Trafford in the FA Cup.

That wait for the next game may have felt agonising if this game had ended in the draw it seemed destined for but Rashford stepped up and now United feel like they have some momentum again.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.