Man United 'played with confidence' against West Ham - Mourinho

Pierre Vaugeois
Août 14, 2017

Lukaku joined United over the summer for a fee that could rise to £90 million and it took him just 35 minutes to open his account for his new club.

"If the pass is on, the top players will find you".

Substitute Anthony Martial added United's, slotting past Joe Hart in the 87th minute, before Paul Pogba's 90th minute strike sent Mourinho's men to the top of the table above Huddersfield on goal difference.

Manchester United ominously good.

The east London club's next clash is an away fixture at Southampton, who began the season with a goalless draw at home to Swansea, on Saturday before a trip to Newcastle and, following the worldwide break, a home showdown with Huddersfield.

Jose Mourinho says he now has Manchester United set up in a position where the club can "go for it" in competing on all fronts this season.

"It is hard to say what our chances in the league are but we are setting out to be on top".

Mata's darting runs into the box were bringing United joy, and he nearly broke the deadlock when he raced on to Pogba's clever dinked pass and slipped a shot past Hart, only for Angelo Ogbonna to hack clear. Pogba looks like he could be about to make everyone eat their words this year.

Mourinho may make use of Eric Bailly and Phil Jones, as they are available again to cover the defensive line after sitting out the Super Cup due to suspension. Subs: Sakho 5, Rice 5, Cresswell 5. He has scored in nine consecutive matches against West Ham and was a scourge for the Hammers in the colours of Everton.

A goal was coming to Old Trafford, and Lukaku provided it. West Ham lose the ball with Obiang and Rashford breaks.

Arnautovic served a reminder of West Ham's threat with a header that De Gea was obliged to tip over, but it seemed only to redouble the home side's determination to stretch their lead.

Mkhitaryan clipped in a well-weighted free-kick into the box and Lukaku was gifted the space to power a header past Hart. Remember, there are some people who actually though Lukaku was a bad buy.

Lukaku threatened early with a burst down the left and Henrikh Mkhitaryan had a shot blocked and fired over.

"When you play for Manchester United, you have a job to do and mine is to score goals".

Across his five seasons in the English top-flight, Hernandez bagged 37 goals across 103 matches to give him a minutes-to-goal ratio of 130.2 bettered by only four other players in Premier League history.

In his first year in charge of Manchester United, Mourinho proved he could still deliver trophies as the Community Shield, League Cup and Europa League were collected.

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