Manchester United beat West Ham United 2-1 to maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign in a game that was filled with late drama.

Said Benrahma’s 30th minute shot took a wicked deflection off Raphael Varane to leave David de Gea helpless and gave the hosts the lead.

Five minutes later and who else than Cristiano Ronaldo drew United level.

It looked like the points were going to be shared but Jesse Lingard scored a screamer in the 89th minute against his former side.

But there was another late twist as Luke Shaw conceded a penalty in the dying stages for handball, but despite bringing on club captain Mark Noble, David de Gea saved the penalty kick.

Here are five things we learned from the clash at the London Stadium…

Going behind triggered response

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United’s slow starts to games resurfaced against David Moyes side and it wasn’t until we went behind that we clicked into gear.

Although our ability to stage a comeback shone through yet again, it’s frustrating that we cannot start games on the front foot with the same intensity.

Ronaldo and then Lingard’s winner meant that United have now claimed 35 points from losing positions over the last two seasons.

Ronaldo and Fernandes partnership

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Every time Bruno Fernandes gets his head up he’s always looking for his compatriot.

Fernandes’ assist for Ronaldo was his second of the week following his exquisite outside of the foot cross to the 36-year-old in Switzerland.

Ronaldo knows his clever bursts of pace and movement will be picked up by United’s number 18.

 

The partnership and understanding between the pair is only going to improve the more they played together at club level.

Away run continues

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United’s record domestic away unbeaten run continued and stretched to 29 games with the win against West Ham.

There is no doubt the return of fans has played an impact on rallying home teams and that’s something we are having to contend with.

This is why the sloppy starts are going to make the ability to come back from matches that much tougher.

Europa League exploits doesn’t have impact

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With United playing away in the Champions League on Tuesday, we were in the rare position of arriving into Sunday’s clash fresher.

That’s because West Ham played in Croatia on Thursday night but despite seven of Thursday’s starting line-up starting today, the Hammers’ performance did not suffer.

There was a brief period in the second half where the hosts looked leggy, but United failed to capitalise and West Ham regained their composure.

Lingard and De Gea steal the headlines

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Following a rapturous reception by the home side, Jesse Lingard broke their hearts with a tremendous curling effort late on.

After a difficult evening in Switzerland, Lingard responded in the perfect possible way and showed his respect to West Ham by not celebrating.

Deep into injury time, Martin Atkinson gave a penalty against Shaw for handball.

Mark Noble replaced Jarrod Bowen to take the penalty but De Gea saved the first penalty he has faced since the infamous Europa League final.

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