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Jose Mourinho admits Victor Lindelof dropped after struggling against Real Madrid

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Pammachio Corsino | 15 Agosto, 2017, 06:41

The big Belgian linked up with Marcus Rashford in the 33rd minute to open his account with a tidy finish.

United doubled their lead after Henrikh Mkhitaryan's curling free kick was headed home by an unmarked Lukaku from 6 yards out in the 52nd minute.

The woodwork then denied the Red Devils a third goal in the 66th minute as Rashford unleashed a curling effort that crashed against the upright. Then Paul Pogba put the icing on the cake with a superb first goal for him this season in the 90th minute.

West Ham were one of the 10 teams who got a point at Old Trafford last season, a statistic that cost United any chance of challenging Chelsea for the title.

Two-goal Lukaku, who finished second in our poll, agreed with the outcome, telling MUTV: "Matic is a top-class player, we needed a player like him and the game that he played today was a Man-of-the-Match performance".

In contrast to a workmanlike performance against Madrid, the home side played with verve and objective as the Hammers sat back in a bid to contain and frustrate them.

As a result, despite not being injured, Mourinho opted to leave him out of the team altogether in United's first game of the season.


Jose Mourinho said in the build-up to this game that he was "on fire" and his confidence blazed in some potentially unpopular decisions - dropping fan favourite Ander Herrera to get another attacking player on the pitch, "doing a Mkhitaryan" on Victor Lindelof, picking Juan Mata over the resurgent Anthony Martial. The Portugese also said that he is ready to "go for it", this season, in all competitions.

But his two goals were what really caught the eye.

In particular during the first half, the Serbian showed just why Mourinho was so keen to secure his signature with his interception playing a big part in helping to set up the goal.

And while Zabaleta made a goal-saving block to deny Lukaku a hat-trick, it made for a miserable afternoon for the London club's newcomers. If that is an indication of how well Nemanja Matic played, it is also a reminder that Manchester United supporters have wanted a player of his kind for some years now. "It is promising", said the former Everton and Chelsea striker.

Javier Hernandez, on his return to Old Trafford, played well for West Ham and worked tirelessly, for little reward.

"The money that's been spent, his own personal expectations and what he's always delivered has been titles, so I would say United have to approach this season to win the league".

"For me, years and years of experience and experience in the Premier League, my feet are on the ground and I am calm".

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