Robin van Persie says Manchester United's latest victory over West Ham United was important for his teammates and fans' belief and is hopeful that the result could help them for the upcoming fixtures.

The Red Devils registered a 2-1 victory as Wayne Rooney and former Arsenal striker were on the scoresheet. The game also saw the United skipper sent off for his tackle on Stewart Downing in the second half.

Louis van Gaal's side defended after Rooney's red card and managed to seal three points, which is their second win of this season. United lost their last fixture 5-3 to Leicester City away from home and Van Persie admitted that his side earned more than three points during their victory over West Ham.

"I think this goes even further than three points. It was absolutely vital to get the three points for everyone's belief and the fans' belief. They were right behind us and were absolutely great," Van Persie told United's official website.

"I thought we played really well in the first half but in the second it was a completely different game because of the red card. At times it was a bit nerve-wracking but we did ever so well and everyone fought really hard."

"It was a bit frustrating to concede a goal when we did because in that period in the game the only way they looked like scoring was from a set-piece and it happened, just before half-time."

"That was a bad moment for us but I think we did really in the end to win this game. For everyone involved with Manchester United I think this is about more than just the three points," the Dutch international concluded.

United had a late scare after Kevin Nolan's goal was ruled offside in the dying moments of the last match. The victory against Sam Allardyce's side has seen the 20-times English champions make it to the first half of the table.

Van Gaal's side are seventh in the table with eight points from six games and trail fourth place Arsenal by two points.