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WEST HAM 1 MAN UNITED 3 'Football is up and down' - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains another strange Man United display

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Mason Greenwood celebrates Man United's second goal in the 3-1 win over West Ham. Justin Setterfield/PA Wire.

Mason Greenwood celebrates Man United's second goal in the 3-1 win over West Ham. Justin Setterfield/PA Wire.

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Mason Greenwood celebrates Man United's second goal in the 3-1 win over West Ham. Justin Setterfield/PA Wire.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted he was satisfied with his side's display despite an opening 65 minutes that put them in danger of sliding to another Premier League defeat.

West Ham took a first half lead through Tomas Soucek and should have been further ahead before United substitutes Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes swung the game in United's favour.

Dean Henderson’s long clearance appeared to serve back onto the field after drifting out of play and landing at the feet of Fernandes, who squared for Pogba to fire home a magnificent equaliser from all of 25 years.

It was a moment of pure class from Pogba, yet the fact it took him 65 minutes to make any notable contribution to this game added to the confusion this maverick performer creates.

United were ahead three minutes later as substitute Mason Greenwood showed his finishing class again from close range and when Rashford strolled through and chipped United’s third goal 12 minutes from time, this game was won.

It was a strike that capped a stunning burst of brilliance from Rashford, with his impact glossing over all that had gone before he arrived into the story.

"Football is up and down," said Solskjaer, whose side are now just two points behind league leaders Tottenham.

"First half we struggled to keep up with their counter attack and set plays. We gave the ball away too often. Poor first half, second half of course the goal changes the mood, the first one. Great goal by Paul, Mason goal.

"We played against a team that had drawn with Manchester City and beaten Leicester and Wolves. They are a good team and make it difficult for you. I am very, very pleased with the performance. Last week we were 2-0 down at Southampton and this was a step forward, we were only one down.

"At the end of the season you don't care about the performance. At the moment we know there are things we need to improve on, some simple passes in the first half but the second half that quality came back and all three goals were exceptional."

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David Moyes was furious after believing the ball went out before United levelled (Adam Davy/PA)

David Moyes was furious after believing the ball went out before United levelled (Adam Davy/PA)

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David Moyes was furious after believing the ball went out before United levelled (Adam Davy/PA)

West Ham boss David Moyes was convinced the ball had gone out of play from Henderson's clearance that led to United's equaliser.

"The linesman is claiming he didn't see it. It was a poor decision," said the former Manchester United manager. "The ball was out of play, the players' reaction gives the best way to look at it and all our players knew it was out of play as well. Then we turned off. It really gave us a bad feeling from that disappointment.

"I am pleased the fans saw a performance that was very good, certainly for 60 minutes. Just disappointed we couldn't give them a result. I think we were really shook by the disappointment of the decision the linesman made."

Meanwhile, Rashford admitting they need to find a way to avoid conceding goals after they came from behind for a second week in a row to pick up a Premier League win.

"We need to stop doing that," said Rashford when asked about United falling behind. "If we keep more clean sheets we will definitely win more games. It is good that we showed spirit, but ideally we don't want to be conceding.

"We defended quite well. They have dangerous players on the counter-attacks. We managed to get through it. Once you get to half-time it is a chance to regroup and we came out refocused.

"Sometimes it is not about what the manager says but what we can see on the pitch. We didn't get around them enough. Nothing threatening to the backline. The team knew what we had to do."

United now head into a crucial Champions League game against RB Leipzig on Tuesday needing a point to qualify for the knock-out phase of the competition.

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