Manchester United 4-0 West Ham: Lukaku fires brace on debut
EPL By: Linus Onyeze | 13/08/2017
Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku celebrate one of the latter's goals in the 4-0 hammering of West Ham.Romelu Lukaku began his career at Manchester United in fantastic fashion by scoring a brace as the Red Devils hammered West Ham 4-0 in their opening Premier League game of the new season at Old Trafford. The big Belgian opened his Premier League account for the Red Devils with a fine strike with United’s first attempt on target, before powering in a header in the second half to complete his brace. Anthony Martial came off the bench to score the third, before Paul Pogba completed the route.First HalfIt has often been said that Manchester United have struggled to play with as much fluency as they did under the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson. Under David Moyes, the looked tepid and frightened to go on the offensive. Under Louis van Gaal, well, the story wasn’t too much different either. It was also far from perfect last season, which was Mourinho’s first.But the first 45 minutes at Old Trafford today can arguably be said to be their best 45 minutes of football post Ferguson, and for good reason.The Red Devils began this game with so much riding on it: Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic’s debuts, and Chicharito’s return to Old Trafford since being sold two years ago. And also, given the fact the Hammers haven’t beaten United at Old Trafford in a decade.And it began brightly for Mourinho’s men, who passed the ball around nicely, with Matic looking like he has finally found where he belonged.The Red Devils pressed and pressed, but never troubled Joe Hart in goal for West Ham, until the 33rd minute, as Matic made a great interception in midfield, passed on to Marcus Rashford, who plays a neat ball into the path of Lukaku, who then makes room for a shot and sends in a low drive which bounces in off the left post. He gets his first Premier League goal on his debut.