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EPL: Man United, West Ham Go For Showdown At Old Traford

EPL: Man United, West Ham Go For Showdown At Old Traford”

United begin their Premier League campaign against West Ham at Old Trafford on Sunday, aiming to build on lifting the EFL Cup and Europa League last season, while improving considerably upon a sixth-place finish last time around.

No Zlatan Ibrahimovic, no problem for Manchester United and Jose Mourinho. United icon Clayton Blackmore told us earlier in the day that he wondered whether Lukaku might struggle to adjust to playing on the much bigger pitch at Old Trafford compared to Goodison Park.

Romelu Lukaku marked his Premier League debut for the club with a brace, before Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba added late gloss to the scoreline. "When you come out on top it is an unbelievable feeling to know you are the best team in the country, and you have gone through all sorts of things along the way to win that." said the former Tottenham man.

Five of West Ham's last six Premier League goals against Manchester United have come from set-pieces (one corner, four free-kicks).

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has not ruled out bringing in a fourth signing before the transfer window closes but insists he will not moan or cry if no more new faces arrive.

West Ham United team to play Manchester United: Hart, Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Noble, Obiang, Fernandes, Ayew, Arnautovic, Hernandez.

"We have added three players, one defender, one midfielder and one attacking player", the Portuguese boss explained.

"At my other clubs, what I had was more players scoring goals".

"It's always important, new players in new clubs - everybody expects goals from them", he said. While an outright "we will win the league" statement has been avoided, it's clear the players and manager are on the same page of at least attempting to challenge. I am very happy for the team and we we will have more confidence going into the next game.

"So I think it was good for him to score and for all the guys arriving at new clubs who scored goals on their first games".

'The money that's been spent, his own personal expectations and what he's always delivered has been titles, so I would say United have to approach this season to win the league. This was the kind of match United would have drawn last season, this season they ran riot.

Manchester United: De Gea 5, Valencia 5, Bailly 6, Jones 6, Blind 6, Matic 8, Pogba 9, Mkhitaryan 8, Mata 7, Rashford 7, Lukaku 8.



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