Manchester United had to believe a stroke of luck to edge West Ham 1-0 that strengthened their grip on the Champions League qualification places.
Despite the pre-match promise of an entertaining affair, each side opted for a cautious opening within the first quarter-hour.
United clicked into gear within the 25th minute after Mason Greenwood caused havoc down the proper.
The youngster cut inside before whipping an inch-perfect ball onto the top of Marcus Rashford. Britain forward had shown excellent movement to evade his marker, but couldn’t find the will contact on his header to bother Lukasz Fabianski.
The former Arsenal goalkeeper was called into action moments later when the lively Greenwood curled a coffee effort towards the far corner, but Fabianski got down quickly to steer the ball onto the post.
United finally made the breakthrough on 53 minutes following a goal by Craig Pawson who flicked Scott McTominay’s strike into his goal.
Bruno Fernandes almost doubled his side’s lead but saw his effort stopped by Fabianski.
Greenwood struck the post for a second time as United launched a lightning-fast counter-attack.