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Romelu Lukaku scores as Manchester United defeat West Ham at Old Trafford

13 August 2017, 08:41 | Charlene Valdez

Lukaku scores on United debut

Lukaku scores on Man United debut

Substitute Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba added late goals that gave a true reflection of United's dominance and sent Jose Mourinho's side to the top of the early-season standings on goal difference.

His teammates made a scrappy start to their new Premier League campaign, being dragged into a midfield battle of enthusiastic tackling with their visitors, but United gradually began to enjoy more and more time on the ball in the final third as the half progressed.

Andre Ayew nearly got the equalizer for West Ham United before the end of the first half when Hernandez supplied a great pass, but the Ghanaian star could not go past David De Gea. Can the Hammers secure another Premier League point at Old Trafford?

The Premier League is back in business for what is expected to be one of the most memorable to date, and Manchester United start the 2017/18 campaign with the visit of West Ham United. It's been coming and it had to be Lukaku on his debut.

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

As the half-hour mark neared, Pogba released Mata, who clipped the ball beyond Hart but the retreating Angelo Ogbonna cleared as Lukaku raced in for the kill. He slips in a lovely ball to Lukaku and the Belgian slips it past Hart at his near post.

As United broke Marcus Rashford shaped to pass across to Henrikh Mkhitaryan but he instead slipped it through to Lukaku, who slotted it past Joe Hart.

In reply, Noble sent a 20-yard volley high over De Gea's crossbar before Eric Bailly was booked for dumping Hernandez onto the Manchester turf that he used to call home and, then with referee Martin Atkinson about to blow for half-time, a free-flowing move nearly saw the Hammers snatch a shock equaliser but the defiant De Gea beat out Edimilson Fernandes' 15-yarder scorcher after Arnautovic, Ayew and Noble cleverly combined to set up the Swiss global. However, the Red Devils will have to move forward and will have to depend on the likes of Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Mkhitaryan and others to fetch them points. Subs: Sakho 5, Rice 5, Cresswell 5. Problems for West Ham. Manchester United have a few players out as well, with the knee injuries to Marcos Rojo and James Wilson still keeping them out long term, as well as long waits off the pitch left for Luke Shaw and Ashley Young.

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