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All three United substitutes combined in the dying embers, with Anthony Martial playing in Cavani, who put it on a plate for Marcus Rashford to break the deadlock with just 26 seconds remaining on the clock.
There was an offside VAR check for the move but the goal stood and United moved into the top four with a huge late win.
But images of Cavani have caused a serious stir as many believe the Uruguayan was edging offside in the move:
That's offside at the Emirates!! https://t.co/iq54pMgbst— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) January 22, 2022
You can’t convince me Cavani wasn’t offside 😂 pic.twitter.com/TTwmk55buB— Sean (@SeanCD30) January 22, 2022
Cavani is surely offside. How did VAR not check this? pic.twitter.com/KOV5HPTW0a— #AFCON2021 (@EricNjiiru) January 22, 2022
West Ham robbed as usual. Cavani offside pic.twitter.com/xgbEUCZiSe— Thomas🇮🇪 (@ThomasWHUFC) January 22, 2022
📸 - Much talk about a possible offside from Cavani, but VAR checked and said onside. pic.twitter.com/OSsKsPK8U7— 𝐀𝐅𝐂 𝐀𝐉𝐀𝐗 💎 (@TheEuropeanLad) January 22, 2022
This league is so corrupt ffs. How did VAR not see Cavani was like 5 yards offside?!?! Fuming pic.twitter.com/nUs7JUWdqQ— Fake Carlton (@_CarltonCole9) January 22, 2022
It seemed offside but I don’t think VAR were going to take that away. It’s like Cavani’s chip last season lol.— UtdArena (@utdarena) January 22, 2022
Cavani was clearly offside. Unbelievable pic.twitter.com/8n7BG9XkuF— Aymèn Bengourina 🇩🇿 (@ryvvus) January 22, 2022
Is Cavani not offside or I am seeing things?— FSG OUT (@ShaunlfcT) January 22, 2022
After getting the benefit of the doubt in the tight offside call, United are now into the top four for the first time since October and sit one point ahead of today's opponents West Ham, who they have a game in hand over.
Match-winner Rashford was confident the goal would not be chalked off and admits the victory could be a crucial one at the end of the season.
"It is obviously an important goal and such late on is an amazing feeling," Rashford told BBC Match of the Day.
"We have to use that winning feeling. We could have been a bit better on the ball but managed to get the goal we needed and can use that as motivation now.
"When there are two teams so close together in the table, both are fighting to be in front of one another and today we managed to get there. We are sitting fourth now, some teams have games to play, but it is nice to be in that position.
"The wins are what's important, when you get wins, consecutive wins, you can really start to go on a run and that is what gives everyone confidence.
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