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De Gea and Lingard hand Manchester United dramatic win

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Manchester United’s David de Gea celebrates after the match. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

Jesse Lingard and David De Gea were the heroes as Manchester United earned a 2-1 win at West Ham United with the winger’s late goal and the goalkeeper’s even later penalty save.

West Ham took the lead after 30 minutes when Said Benrahma’s curling effort deflected off Raphael Varane, deceived De Gea and flew into the opposite corner.

Man Utd were back on level terms just five minutes later, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring his third goal in his second match since returning to the club from close range after Lukasz Fabianski spilled his initial shot.

The match concluded with a dramatic finale, as Lingard, who scored nine goals in 16 appearances on loan at West Ham last season, came on as a substitute and curled in a stunning goal on 88 minutes.

But in stoppage time Luke Shaw handled and West Ham sub Mark Noble, with his first touch of the ball, had his penalty brilliantly saved by De Gea.

Man Utd’s victory takes them to 13 points, second on goal difference behind leaders Liverpool. West Ham remain eighth.

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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