Full Time: Man Utd 4-0 West Ham - Lukaku (2), Martial & Pogba

'Excitement is back at Old Trafford!' What a really enjoyable half of football. Some ferocious tackles going on, Martin Atkinson refereed the half really well.

Full Time: Man Utd 4-0 West Ham - Lukaku (2), Martial & Pogba

'Excitement is back at Old Trafford!' What a really enjoyable half of football. Some ferocious tackles going on, Martin Atkinson refereed the half really well.

13 August 2017 Sunday 17:46
Full Time: Man Utd 4-0 West Ham - Lukaku (2), Martial & Pogba

Man Utd 4-0 West Ham

'This is some start!'

It is 4-0 and Paul Pogba has the goal that this all-round player deserves. What a win here for Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United team. This is some start and I never believe in the league table at this stage in the season, however the league tables will be printed and we will see Manchester United at the top of the table.

Its Anthony Martial  and there is the third goal!

Substitute Anthony Martial slots in a low finish from inside the box after he is set up by a threaded pass from Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

It is no less than they deserve.

He has got another one! Two goals from Romelu Lukaku on his Manchester United Premier League debut. What a start! And this time he celebrates in front of the East Stand. Romelu Lukaku is making his mark! He knew exactly what he was doing. This is becoming an excellent Premier League debut for his new club.

What a league debut!

This is as simple a goal as Romelu Lukaku will score. The free-kick is swung in by Henrikh Mkhitaryan and the big forward is left in plenty of space to head home from eight yards out.

I can't see a way back for West Ham now.

What a really enjoyable half of football. Some ferocious tackles going on, Martin Atkinson refereed the half really well and there was no shortage of skill. The skill on display reminds you of the level we are privileged enough to be watching.

Hammers fans must be sick of the sight of Romelu Lukaku...

Manchester United are enjoying themselves. Nemanja Matic is even pulling out a skillful dribble to see off a West Ham man on the right touchline.

He's winning himself a lot of new fans, the ex-Chelsea man.

Rashford played a key role in that goal. Yes, the pass for the assist was good, but it was his driving run through the heart of the West Ham midfield that had the Hammers on the back foot.

Tackles flying in. Blind, Obiang, Pogba, Mata - they're all chucking themselves into thunderous clashes in the centre of the pitch. This is what we like to see.

How have West Ham survived here?! Mata breaks into the box and nips around Hart before crossing low for what looks at one stage like a simple finish for Lukaku. A combination of three Hammers players, including Angelo Ogbonna, ensures the ball stays out and is then hacked away.

Jose Mourinho is very smart this afternoon, with this suit and open-necked shirt look in his technical area.

And it looks like he has done some smart business in the transfer market this summer too.

Nemanja Matic was outstanding in the first-half and now £75m forward Romelu Lukaku has got himself two goals.

Victor Lindelof is the odd man out. The Swede is sat in the directors box having been left out of the United squad altogether today. He is not suffering from an injury, just overlooked.

Richard Smith:The worry for United is the lack of natural goal scorers and characters within this team

Rhys: Actually hoping for a tight game. Interesting to see if Pogba does better now he has been freed up by Matic. Hopefully he might discover the goal more now!

Ahnaf Tahmed Faiz‏: Antonio Valencia captaining the side gives me a sense of pride, such a selfless individual. Should get used to it.

West Ham Team News

West Ham have a number of new (well, old) faces on show. Keeper Joe Hart and right-back Pablo Zabaleta, former Manchester City players of course, start for the visitors, as do ex-Stoke man Marko Arnautovic and, of course, Javier Hernandez.

One suspects Mexico striker Hernandez, who helped United win two Premier League titles during a five-year spell might receive a rather different reception to his comrades Hart and Zabaleta...

Hernandez starts up top in a 4-2-3-1 formation as Mark Noble - who is starting 14th season with the Hammers - skippers the side.

Man Utd team news

Of course we have already seen Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic play for Manchester United in a competitive fixture - Tuesday's Uefa Super Cup defeat by Real Madrid.

Jose Mourinho makes five changes from that game, suspended centre-backs Eric Bailly and Phil Jones returning alongside left-back Daley Blind, midfielder Juan Mata and teenage forward Marcus


Ex-Middlesbrough and Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer:“West Ham arguably had the best transfer out of all the teams, in terms of quality and Premier League experience it is up there.

“It is important to see and hear Jose Mourinho, the message he is putting out, he is happy now, he feels confident and knows he will contest for the title. I think they have a big possibility of winning the title this season.”

I'm not in a position of moaning'

Jose Mourinho on BBC Radio 5 live: I'm not a difficult person to work with and I understand that my club by doing 75% of what I initially asked, I don't think I'm in a position of crying, of moaning, of protesting. I am happy with the effort the club did. I am happy that the club managed to do 75% of the work before the Premier League starts. And if until the 31st August, the remaining 25% do not arrive, I will just go with what I have.


Updated: 14.08.2017 10:56
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