United boss Jose Mourinho praises effective Romelu Lukaku after West Ham brace

Ian Wright

Ian Wright

On our first video show of the season, Nipun made an excellent point; Matic does nearly everything, almost as well as all of our other midfielders, but perhaps one point remained which is crucial - he is an upgrade on Michael Carrick now, without question, and on his league debut he looked like Carrick at his best.

Manchester United have made a fine start to the new Premier League season, with summer signing Romelu Lukaku netting a brace in a 4-0 victory at home to West Ham United.

The former Chelsea forward struck again in the 53rd minute with a powerful header from Henrikh Mkhitaryan's free-kick.

Substitute Anthony Martial ran onto Mkhitaryan's through-ball to slot home a third goal in the 87th and Pogba was given space to curl in from 25 meters, completing United's biggest league win under Jose Mourinho.

But Matic's performance has been a real talking point on social media. It was a timely reminder to Tottenham that United are probably not going to accept £25 million for the Frenchman.

Against West Ham, he showed just why Mourinho was happy to splash £35 million on a 29-year-old. No wonder Antonio Conte isn't best pleased.

West Ham debutant Marko Arnautovic looped a header on to the bar in response but United moved up the gears and threatened to force open the floodgates.

Victor Lindelof was left out of the squad with Phil Jones partnering Eric Bailly in the back four. It was a strong performance from José Mourinho's men - let's hope it sets the tone for a successful campaign.

Mourinho has won the league title in his second season with his last five clubs. Mkhitaryan was hauled off following a dire display against Manchester City in September and it took months to regain Mourinho's trust.

Lukaku will take numerous plaudits but Matic played as significant a role in his position as midfield anchorman, breaking up attacks, winning headers in front of the back four and giving fellow midfielder Pogba freedom to attack.

Juan Mata and Rashford did well in the wide roles - Rashford especially, who hit the post in the second half - but there is still room for an out-and-out winger. Paul Pogba was not as below-par as many would like to have you believe in his first season back at the club but today, without the responsibility of looking back, he was able to influence proceedings in front of him. But he will be mindful of what happened last season. They eventually turned it around and finished 11th, but Bilic won't want a similar situation this time.

Romelu Lukaku scored twice on his Premier League debut as the Red Devils went top of the Premier League with a 4-0 win over West Ham. Strikers can play phenomenally well, but if they don't score goals, the pressure's on them.

While United old boy Hernandez endured a thankless first half on his return to Old Trafford, Andre Ayew threatened an equaliser in stoppage time with a rasping drive that David de Gea had to parry.

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