Lukaku strikes twice as United crush West Ham

Lukaku strikes twice as United crush West Ham

The Special One ended his first season as Red Devils manager after finishing a lowly sixth in Premier League.

It was a dominating display from United and they look good value to win the Premier League this season if they can to continue to perform as they did today.

With the Champions League kicking-off in a month, Jose Mourinho will hope to get the team tactics right, with the arrival of newcomers Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic.

Too often a year ago, United's attack was cumbersome, particularly at Old Trafford.

Pat Nevin has pinpointed Paul Pogba's lack of dependability as the Manchester United record signing's big weakness.

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The Belgium striker, a £75 million ($97.6 million, 82.5 million euros) signing from Everton, struck either side of half-time to take his tally of goals against West Ham to 11 in his last 11 appearances.

'Their home form has been embarrassing - 26 goals at home last season and 10 draws.

LWB - Matteo Darmian: With Luke Shaw still recovering from the ankle injury that's kept him on the sidelines since April, Matteo Darmian appears to be Mourinho's first-choice left-back heading into the competitive action.

And the Argentinian paid a heavy price for that foul for, when Mkhitaryan floated over the consequent free-kick, that man Lukaku ghosted in front of Masuaku to nod home his second goal of the afternoon. United started the previous season with a 4-3-2-1 lineup but switched to the current 4-3-3 in the latter stages of the season. Aged 29, he isn't exactly a long-term replacement for Carrick, but does give the midfield a ideal balance which will now see Paul Pogba flourish in a freed-up role, where he can strut his stuff further up the pitch without having to worry about defensive responsibilities. Mourinho would also prefer his full-backs to deliver more crosses into the box, given Lukaku's aerial threat. Manchester United look to have fought off interest in de Gea's services from Real Madrid for another summer, and will consequently keep the Spaniard as the first-choice shot-stopper.

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.

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