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

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Manchester United's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku (L) shoots past West Ham United's English goalkeeper Joe Hart to score the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on August 13, 2017.

It really was only looking a matter of time until Lukaku inflicted further damage on the West Ham rearguard and, sure enough, on 32 minutes, Obiang lost possession in midfield allowing the ball to be fed out to Marcus Rashford on the left-flank.

West Ham United's Edimilson Fernandes (left) and Manchester United's Paul Pogba battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester.

Lukaku got his second on 53 minutes with a simple header from a Henrikh Mkhitaryan free kick as United kicked into full flow as the Londoners struggled to contain them.

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.

As for the home side, Lukaku, Matic are both handed their league debuts, but fellow summer addition Lindelof doesn't make the squad at all. He took so much, mostly unjust, criticism last season. He was everywhere, and the best player on the pitch at times.

Manchester United: De Gea 5, Valencia 5, Bailly 6, Jones 6, Blind 6, Matic 8, Pogba 9, Mkhitaryan 8, Mata 7, Rashford 7, Lukaku 8.

Javier Hernandez was there as the rot set in under David Moyes and he will make his Old Trafford return on Sunday after joining West Ham from Bayer Leverkusen in a £16 million deal. 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. United take a free-kick quickly and slip Mata in. Great from Pogba, bad from Hart. They have to win the league. His ability to get the out of the defensive third so quickly could prove to be crucial for Mourinho's counter-attacking style, and should be given a chance to shine in the Premier League.

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