Lukaku strikes twice as United crush West Ham

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 13, 2017

Manchester United begin their 2017-18 Premier League campaign with a home match against West Ham United, aiming to push on from what can be considered a positive season overall last time out.

Belgian global Romelu Lukaku was in the best form of his life as he proved to his critics that he can lead United's attack this season in the Premier League and also in the Champions League.

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The Hammers kicked off the new campaign with a forlorn, four-goal defeat at Old Trafford, where a double-barrelled blast from their nemesis Romelu Lukaku and late goals from substitute Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba made it a nightmare start to the season at the so-called Theatre of Dreams. 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 global looks like the best bet at this moment in time.

Paul Pogba (Manchester United): Matic was terrific on debut whilst Mata, Mkhitaryan and Rashford buzzed endlessly behind Lukaku, but Pogba ran the show.

The Belgium striker, a £75 million ($97.6 million, 82.5 million euros) signing from Everton, struck either side of half-time to take his tally of goals against West Ham to 11 in his last 11 appearances. West Ham may struggle on Sunday but Hernandez will have a point to prove against his former club.

Arnautovic served a reminder of West Ham's threat with a header that De Gea was obliged to tip over, but it seemed only to redouble the home side's determination to stretch their lead.

Lukaku scored a consolation goal as United lost 2-1 to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup in the Macedonian capital Skopje on Tuesday and his team-mates have been impressed by what they have seen in pre-season. United take a free-kick quickly and slip Mata in. Then, after being central to much of United's pretty play, Pogba chose to go it alone, carrying the ball forward unchallenged before angling a shot past Hart.

He could have had a third but for Zabaleta's timely block on the hour mark and Rashford came close to a deserved goal, striking the foot of the post with a teasing effort from the left flank.

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