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Lukaku scores on Man United debut

13 August, 2017, 20:41 | Author: Joan Malone
  • With the Champions League kicking-off in a month Jose Mourinho will hope to get the team tactics right with the arrival of newcomers Romelu Lukaku Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic

Manchester United won the EFL Cup and the Europa League last season to mask over their Premier League disappointment.

West Ham were anxiously looking for how to get back into the game, but they failed to defend their goalkeeper Joe Hart allowing Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba to score in the 87th and 90th minutes respectively as the match ended 4-0 in favor of Manchester United.

It has now been four years since the Red Devils finished in the top three of the Premier League, having previously gone 22 years without finishing outside those spots, and Mourinho will need to get far more out of his players to bridge the mammoth 24-point gap on champions Chelsea.

Pre-season performances have also displayed that the club is ready to hit the ground running. Quite how dropping him for the league opener will help with that remains to be seen.

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Lukaku, who scored 25 goals in 37 matches last season, will hope to take the Reds forward as they hope to clinch their first Premier League title since 2012-13, which was Sir Alex Ferguson's last. It's not as easy as it seems - a very good team will finish sixth this season - but this looks like a very powerful, very Mourinho team. The rebound fell to the feet of Lukaku but, six yards out, he appeared to stumble over his own size 13½s before Slaven Bilic's defence cleared their lines.

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. West Ham may struggle on Sunday but Hernandez will have a point to prove against his former club.

Maraoune Fellaini replaced Mata for the final quarter-hour, while Martial came on for Rashford and Aaron Cresswell took over from Masuaku. Blind can do a job on the left, but his speed is a major concern and hasn't looked sharp in the build-up, so the Italy worldwide looks like the best bet at this moment in time. The youngster's effort was off target but it was a warning shot. Henrikh Mkhitaryan's free-kick from the left hung high in West Ham's box but there was only one man likely to meet it, with Lukaku's simple header sending the ball past Hart and into the bottom-right hand corner.

Romelu Lukaku marked his Premier League debut for Manchester United with a first half goal against West Ham as the Belgian striker began repaying his British record transfer fee. Great from Pogba, bad from Hart. They will not be the only team to leave Old Trafford bruised and well-beaten this season.

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