Classy United Thrash West Ham
Romelu Lukaku announced his arrival at Old Trafford by scoring twice on his Premier League debut for Manchester United as they embarrassed West Ham.
Jose Mourinho’s team were a constant threat against a poor Hammers side, offering excitement and encouragement to their supporters on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season.
Lukaku, a £75m summer signing from Everton, put the Red Devils ahead with a rising drive off the post after racing onto Marcus Rashford’s pass.
The Belgium international doubled the lead after half-time, glancing in a header from Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s inswinging free-kick.
United teenager Rashford curled against the inside of Joe Hart’s left-hand post before substitute Anthony Martial ended the match as a contest with a slick finish.
There was still time for a fourth, however, as Paul Pogba curled in from distance.
The Hammers offered little going forward in a passive performance, although new signing Marko Arnautovic did flick a header onto the top of the home crossbar at 2-0.
The Red Devils have now lost only one of their 14 opening-day Premier League fixtures at Old Trafford, while West Ham’s season began with a record 11th defeat.
Lukaku loves a debut…
. Romelu Lukaku has now scored on his Premier League debut for three different clubs (West Bromwich Albion, Everton, Manchester United)
. Lukaku has scored more goals in all competitions against West Ham than he has against any other English side (11).
. The Belgian also became the 18th player to score on his Premier League debut for Manchester United, and the fourth to score a brace
. Jose Mourinho has now won nine league games against West Ham, more than he has against any other opponent he’s faced in his managerial career
. This was Mourinho’s biggest Premier League win as United manager, and biggest home win in the Premier League since his Chelsea side beat Arsenal 6-0 in March 2014
. Anthony Martial became the first Red Devils player since Nani against Liverpool in March 2008 to both score and assist a Premier League goal as a substitute