Cristiano Ronaldo has said that Sunday’s 2-1 victory over West Ham United at the London Stadium provided evidence that Manchester United can find a winning solution when obstacles stand in their way.
United thought that they had been forced to rely on an 89th minute winner from substitute Jesse Lingard to secure all three points against David Moyes’ side, but then needed goalkeeper David de Gea to stand tall and keep out Mark Noble’s stoppage time penalty.
Had Noble, who was thrown off the bench purely to take the penalty, converted his spot-kick from 12 yards, United, over the course of the game, probably could have had no complaints, with both sides enjoying dominant spells throughout the contest.
West Ham, who took the lead through Said Benrahma on the half hour mark, had the better of the first half, but United looked the stronger after the break and carried the greater threat.
It was a performance that required great levels of effort and patience and that eventually paid off when Lingard produced a moment of individual brilliance.
For Ronaldo, who netted United’s equaliser to score his fourth goal in three matches since returning to the club last month, the victory highlighted how United will need to remain focused this season when they find themselves in difficult situations and facing a battle.
Ronaldo, posting on his Instagram page, said: “Every game in the Premier League is always an amazing fight for the three points. Today we got to see a glimpse of all the obstacles that we will find on our way, but we have to keep our mind set on our goals. Together! Strong! Focused! Let’s go, Devils!”
United’s three-point haul at West Ham maintained their unbeaten start to the new Premier League campaign, meaning they remain neck and neck with Chelsea and Liverpool at the top of the table on 13 points after five matches.
Considering United were up against a Hammers side who were also still unbeaten, it was not a result to be sniffed at, highlighting that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side do have it within them to grind out victories against sides with healthy ambitions of their own.
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