Lukaku scores on United debut


Manchester United's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku (L) shoots past West Ham United's English goalkeeper Joe Hart to score the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on August 13, 2017. He truly is strong. Quite how dropping him for the league opener will help with that remains to be seen.

Another close-season recruit, Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic, brought from Chelsea, made an excellent debut in the defensive midfield role, breaking up any threats from West Ham and then prompting United's attacks with intelligence.

For United, long term absentees Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young are the only players unavailable.

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. Mourinho has to win the league here.

"I'd say seven teams to fight for the title and 20 teams to fight for the victory every weekend, every match". They will come up with all the time.

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United trailed home in sixth place last season, 24 points below champions Chelsea, and have finished in the top four just once since Alex Ferguson retired as manager in 2013. Picking the ball up in his own half, the teenager set off charging at a muddled bunch of retreating defenders, making a cute shimmy to his right before playing the pass to slice through the West Ham line.

"It's my old club with my old fans and my old stadium, so probably I can not celebrate", he said.

RS - Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Mkhitaryan has looked stunning throughout the pre-season campaign, providing three and netting three of his own in a new second striker role, and it'd be insane to see him drop to the bench against West Ham.

It's been a relatively busy summer for Hammers boss Slaven Bilic after signing former United striker Javier Hernandez, Marko Arnautovic, Pablo Zabeleta and Sead Haksabanovic.

Left-back Aaron Cresswell and captain Mark Noble are expected to shake off injuries, but Cheikhou Kouyate, Manuel Lanzini, Michail Antonio, Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho are all sidelined.