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Four-midable Manchester United sweep West Ham aside in Premier League opener

13 August 2017

The new Premier League season is here for West Ham United, as they face off against Manchester United in the final match of opening weekend.

The Red Devils finished sixth last season, largely due to their home form, and qualified for the Champions League by winning the Europa League.

Pogba will have a new midfield partner this term after Manchester United completed a surprise £40m deal to sign Nemanja Matic from Premier League champions Chelsea.

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Lukaku opened the scoring in the 33rd minute, blasting in off the post after latching on to a clever through ball from Rashford, who had run with the ball from deep in his own half.

And he then doubled United's lead seven minutes after the restart, heading Henrikh Mkhitaryan's free kick into the bottom corner. Blind can do a job on the left, but his speed is a major concern and hasn't looked sharp in the build-up, so the Italy worldwide looks like the best bet at this moment in time.

Pogba played a sublime chipped through ball to team-mate Juan Mata at 0-0, with the Spaniard baring down on goal.

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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.

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. Lukaku's finish was emphatic, rebounding in off one of the uprights, and he rightly took the attention as a goal-scoring debutant, but Rashford's quick, direct running made it. By that point, West Ham's heads had already dropped. Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly all start. Great from Pogba, awful from Hart.

Lukaku and Matic look set to get their Premier League debuts.

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Asked if the league is always United's priority, Carrick continues: "The league is special because it is such a tough division to win". 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.

Four-midable Manchester United sweep West Ham aside in Premier League opener