Man United v West Ham

Man United v West Ham

Man United v West Ham

United begin their Premier League campaign against West Ham at Old Trafford on Sunday, aiming to build on lifting the EFL Cup and Europa League last season, while improving considerably upon a sixth-place finish last time around.

The former Everton forward scored the first goal of the duel in the 33rd minutes after being set up by Marcus Rashford and he wasted no time to send Joe Hart the wrong direction.

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.

United and Lukaku's second followed minutes later and was a reminder of the striker's power rather than pace.

And the Armenian made it two assists for the day a few minutes from time as he played in substitute Anthony Martial with a lovely first-time pass.

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Pogba played a sublime chipped through ball to team-mate Juan Mata at 0-0, with the Spaniard baring down on goal. Henrikh Mkhitaryan's free-kick from the left hung high in West Ham's box but there was only one man likely to meet it, with Lukaku's simple header sending the ball past Hart and into the bottom-right hand corner. Last campaign was full of too many inconsistences and Bilic will know he needs to start picking up points fast if he wants to prevent the exit rumours circulating once more.

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. West Ham may struggle on Sunday but Hernandez will have a point to prove against his former club.

However the ability of his United side to reach those heights will depend on the ability of Lukaku, according to Martin Keown. Then, after being central to much of United's pretty play, Pogba chose to go it alone, carrying the ball forward unchallenged before angling a shot past Hart.

Jose Mourinho's side threatened to run riot and the striker could have got his third on the hour. Red Devils fans will be optimistic for an assault on the Premier League title and it could turn into reality, providing they manage to transfer some of their home draws into wins.

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