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Romelu Lukaku in spotlight as Manchester United face West Ham in opener

Romelu Lukaku in spotlight as Manchester United face West Ham in opener”

Romelu Lukaku scored two in his Old Trafford debut as Manchester United absolutely blasted West Ham.

Manchester United started their Premier League campaign with a bang after thrashing West Ham United 4-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday, August 13, 2017.

"With these players I am looking forward to the season with optimism, with enthusiasm, I can't wait for the Champions League to start and the chance to play the top clubs".

Manchester looks odds on favourite to see the Premier League title come back this season - but the majority of people think the title will be going to the blue half.

How will Manchester United perform this season?

"The balance of the team is the main thing and we need some new players to bring some new energy". The difference between Lukaku and Matic is exactly that, they have years and years of the Premier League.

"The manager wants me to be a leader for the team and create as much as I can". Matic was outstanding in midfield, covering plenty of ground and laying the foundation for many of United's attacks.

Yet this was a display to strike fear into United's title rivals - especially champion Chelsea, which was beaten to the signing of Lukaku and then made what appears an ill-judged decision to sell Matic to United.

It was a good day for fellow new arrivals Romelu Lukaku, who bagged a brace, and Nemanja Matic, who was named Man of the Match.

He added: "It depends on what is happening or what was happening behind doors and we don't know".

"I never thought it was possible unless something special was happening and his agent told me we could have him and we were very happy with that".

"The only thing I know is that of course with Chelsea money I brought him to Stamford Bridge because I thought he was a player with special qualities, and since I left I always thought he could be a flawless player for us, but I didn't disturb him, I didn't disturb Chelsea". With Zlantan out till December Mourinho needs, if not a stronger, an equally passionate and consistent player.

"It's always important", said Mourinho when asked about Lukaku's debut.

It took a long time coming, but come the third goal eventually did.

In fact, Victor Lindelof didn't even make the bench. Strikers can play phenomenally well, but if they don't score goals, the pressure's on them. Their quick passing didn't allow West Ham to enjoy any periods of comfort and in Lukaku, they always had a palpable up top.

"Romelu is aggressive so he improves our team and the way we work".

"But I think the performance based on the confidence levels was really high". He knows sometimes strikers can play very well for the team without scoring goals. The ex-Chelsea and Valencia man could have taken a shot at goal but opted instead to try and square for Lukaku, Ogbonna again completing a good clearance.



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