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Mark Noble came off the bench only to miss a stoppage-time penalty as United snatched a 2-1 victory at the London Stadium.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United acknowledges the fans after his sides during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United acknowledges the fans after his sides during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United acknowledges the fans after his sides during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was convinced his side were denied two clear penalties, as a dramatic game at West Ham ended with some thrilling twists.

Mark Noble came off the bench only to miss a stoppage-time penalty as United snatched a 2-1 victory at the London Stadium.

Club captain Noble, West Ham’s Mr Reliable from the spot, was sent on by manager David Moyes to take the penalty after Luke Shaw handled in the area.

The long-serving midfielder, who retires at the end of the season, had not missed a spot-kick since December 2016, but he was denied a sentimental winner by United goalkeeper David De Gea.

It was a hugely dramatic end to a thrilling match which saw Jesse Lingard return to haunt the club for whom he starred on loan last season.

In a bitter blow for West Ham and Moyes, who tried to re-sign Lingard over the summer, the England forward curled in what turned out to be the winner two minutes from time.

Cristiano Ronaldo had earlier scored his fourth goal in three matches since returning to United, cancelling out Said Benrahma’s deflected opener for the hosts.

While Solskjaer was relieved to get a vital away win, he was convinced Ronaldo was denied two clear penalties before the last gasp VAR call on Shaw's handball gave West Ham a spot kick.

"We had two stonewall penalties. Clear as day," he declared. "I'm just hoping it's not one of them where Cristiano Ronaldo never wins a penalty.

"I think they’re stonewall you can’t even argue them. I think the first one the lad puts his leg up Cristiano runs straight and is fouled.

"That's football for you - it's ups and downs. You get used to working in this environment. It's not great for your heart but this is why we play football. We looked down and out and David de Gea pulled off the save.

"We are very happy with the win and we deserved the win. We played some very good football, created good chances, we pressed them into making loads of mistakes. Luckily, David saves that penalty at the end.

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"I believe in David and I've seen him [make a penalty save]. He saved against Crystal Palace last season, and his foot was a little inch off the line.

"I've seen Mark Noble score so many penalties, you did feel down and out and expected to come home with one point but luckily David has continued his good form."

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Jesse Lingard curls home the winning goal (Mike Egerton/PA).

Jesse Lingard curls home the winning goal (Mike Egerton/PA).

Jesse Lingard curls home the winning goal (Mike Egerton/PA).

Lingard was pleased to make up for his midweek mistake at Young Boys, where his poor back pass in stoppage time contributed towards a 2-1 defeat in the Champions League.

He told Sky Sports: "I'm over the moon. I had a good time at West Ham but I have to move on and do my best with Man United. I have been working hard and to overcome last week wasn’t easy but to get minutes and score was good.

"Mistakes happen in football. You need to overcome those things and bounce back which I did today."

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