Romelu Lukaku in spotlight as Manchester United face West Ham in opener

Paola Ditto
Agosto 13, 2017

It was a dominating display from United and they look good value to win the Premier League this season if they can to continue to perform as they did today.

Andre Ayew nearly got the equalizer for West Ham United before the end of the first half when Hernandez supplied a great pass, but the Ghanaian star could not go past David De Gea.

Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba also scored.

Mata was through again shortly after following a lovely looped pass over the top by Pogba, but the Spaniard's square pass for Lukaku at the far post was cut out. The former Juventus man had a slow start to the 2016-17 season, after scoring just 5 goals in as many as 30 matches for the club.

As for the home side, Lukaku, Matic are both handed their league debuts, but fellow summer addition Lindelof doesn't make the squad at all.

And the Armenian made it two assists for the day a few minutes from time as he played in substitute Anthony Martial with a lovely first-time pass.

Eric Bailly and Phil Jones will start in the heart of the defense, while Antonio Valencia and Daley Blind play in a flat back-four as Mourinho decides to ditched to the three-man backline.

And the Argentinian paid a heavy price for that foul for, when Mkhitaryan floated over the consequent free-kick, that man Lukaku ghosted in front of Masuaku to nod home his second goal of the afternoon.

After Rashford had left the right-hand upright shuddering with a curler from the left-hand apex of the area, Mkhitaryan released Martial to coolly tuck away United's third before Pogba swept in the fourth from 20 yards.

Arnautovic served a reminder of West Ham's threat with a header that De Gea was obliged to tip over, but it seemed only to redouble the home side's determination to stretch their lead. Then, after being central to much of United's pretty play, Pogba chose to go it alone, carrying the ball forward unchallenged before angling a shot past Hart.

The 29-year-old Mexican, known as "Chicharito" (Little Pea), was a crowd favourite during his five years at United, scoring 59 goals for the club and playing a part in two league title successes.

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