Michael Carrick believes Manchester United are 'on the up' under Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho

United join Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur on maximum points and while West Ham offered scant resistance, the early signs suggest Mourinho's men will not end the season 24 points off the pace again.

"I'm so happy to be the manager of these guys, I've never had a group I like so much during my long career".

The West Ham season opener is upon is, with a halftime analysis coming up after the opening 45.

Hernandez scored 59 goals in 157 games for United between 2010 and 2015, with many supporters left disappointed in the aftermath of the striker's move to Bayer Leverkusen.

The Belgian centre-forward doubled his tally eight minutes into the second half, when he headed home a Henrikh Mkhitaryan free-kick.

Mourinho watched his team dominate possession but struggle to create clear-cut opportunities in the first half, with former Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, making his first Premier League start for West Ham, required to deny Juan Mata in the 18th minute.

There was still time for a fourth, however, as Paul Pogba curled in from distance.

Manchester United might have won the Europa League and League Cup in Mourinho's debut season at Old Trafford, but Red Devils supporters will be expecting, if not demanding, a serious title challenge after a less-than-adequate sixth-placed finish last term.

Mourinho explained the player's omission after the 4-0 win on Sunday, and his reasons were perfectly valid.

"To play in front of such a crowd is a dream come true but most importantly is the three points", he said. "We had similar performances last season with less quality and not the same confidence levels but we had very attacking performances, where we couldn't score the goals to win". "I think they showed that stability really that Victor Lindelof, for example, doesn't have now as he's just arrived from a completely different environment".

Lukaku called his club debut for the Red Devils a '"dream come true", while manager Jose Mourinho felt it was the flawless way to get his new star striker confident for the season ahead. "I want to play West Ham on Sunday, a hard match".

He told Sky Sports: "It's just the start, the manager has a plan, we will try to follow it and hopefully it will take us somewhere".

"After there were quite a lot of people surrounding him and taking photos - it's not what we're used to". I know all of that and I understand your question.

"The fans want to see creative football and we need to stick with it".

'We start the second season with a very good performance at home, ' said Mourinho.

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