In the dying embers, all three United replacements combined, with Anthony Martial finding Edinson Cavani, who laid it on a plate for Marcus Rashford to break the deadlock with just 26 seconds remaining.
Although VAR flagged the action as offside, the goal stayed as United moved into the top four with a stunning late win.
However, photos of Cavani have sparked outrage, with many believing the Uruguayan was veering offside throughout the move:
You will not persuade me that Cavani was not offside. TTwmk55buBSean CD30 (@SeanCD30) 22nd of January, 2022
Cavani is unquestionably offside. How did VAR miss this? pic.twitter.com/KOV5HPTW0a
#AFCON2021 — Eric Njiiru (@EricNjiiru) 22nd of January, 2022
As is customary, West Ham was plundered. Cavani is not onside. pic.twitter.com/xgbEUCZiSe
WHUFC Thomas (@ThomasWHUFC)22 January 2022- There was much discussion regarding Cavani's probable offside, but the VAR confirmed that he was onside. pic.twitter.com/OSsKsPK8U7
AFC Ajax (@TheEuropeanLad) - January 22nd, 2022
This league is rife with corruption, ffs. How could VAR miss the fact that Cavani was around 5 yards offside?!?! Furious https://twitter.com/nUS7JUWdqQ
— Carlton Cole9 (@CarltonFake)22nd of January, 2022
It appeared to be offside, but I don't believe VAR was going to rule that out. It's similar to Cavani's chip from last season.
@utdarena 22nd of January, 2022
Cavani was clearly on the wrong side of the ball. Unbelievable image obtained via Twitterpic.twitter.com/8n7BG9XkuF
Ryvvus (@ryvvus) —Aymèn Bengourina 22nd of January, 2022
Is Cavani not offside or am I misreading the situation?
ShaunlfcT (@FSGOUT)22nd of January, 2022
So Kane was deemed offside while Cavani was deemed onside? Make sense of it, @premierleague.pic.twitter.com/Cz4Amkcy AhMason (@FtblMason) (https://twitter.com/FtblMason) 22nd of January, 2022
VAR has just allowed Manchester United to score the game-winning goal in the last seconds.
Is Cavani a tad offside? Twitter image of # mufchttps://twitter.com/Dp3ZpFTwvh
— Jay White (@jaywhite1) (twitter: @jaywhite1)22nd of January, 2022
Because VAR declined to draw its own line on this one, I did so for them. Cavani was clearly on the wrong side of the ball. I'm still reeling from this robbery. # MUNWHU https://t.co/4ZevIQpaLN
22nd of January, 2022— M1 Football Club (@WeAreOzil)
Is Cavani not in the offside position? pic.twitter.com/AEgMAtDDmk
22nd of January, 2022—Saz (@SazMCFC):
United have moved into the top four for the first time since October, one point ahead of today's opponents West Ham, who have a game in hand.
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