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Manchester United kicked-off their 2017-18 Premier League campaign in fine fashion, battering West Ham United with a thumping 4-0 victory.

"Maybe all managers say that but Lukaku and Matic do look like fantastic signings". Possession heavy and plodding, United couldn't score. "It was the first time for six years that Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea all conceded three in the same round of league games".

The unglamorous promoted side demonstrated in 90 minutes at the weekend that they are ready to emulate the achievements of Stoke, Swansea and Bournemouth before them. He created the first goal by dispossessing West Ham's Pedro Obiang and sparking the break, and proved to be an impenetrable shield in front of United's back four. Yet persistence forms part of the striker's armoury and Lukaku kept getting into the right positions.

The centre-back cost big money from Benfica this summer as a £31million investment for United.

Defender Phil Jones played well, as he does when he avoids injury.

Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to sign a fourth player during the remaining weeks of the summer transfer window. It will come, as it will with Pogba.

"They have brought some good players, they have matured and there is a certain purpose about them".

"He was close to a hat-trick, he scored goals we expected him to score, and there are bits he can work on", Henry told Sky Sports.

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Alli, who helped Eriksen set up the other for Davies in the 70th minute, made light of Shelvey's petulant reaction. Manchester United should be beating West Ham at home, especially when the Londoners have such a wretched defence.

"In a stadium that doesn't have good memories for us, it was important to win", Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. Mourinho's men are hard to beat, but draw too often at home. From clever flicks to gorgeous passes with a couple of superb tackles in-between, Pogba was everywhere today. Defender Victor Lindelof can take hope from the experience of Mkhitaryan.

Antonio Conte has suggested that the decision to sell Matic was against his wishes and Hasselbaink admits he was sad to see him leave Stamford Bridge.

A Jose Mourinho side Make no bones about it, United oozed Mourinho like a black overcoat. We had many players on the pitch with a very good game.

United new-boy Romelu Lukaku scored twice before Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba got in on the action.

"The manager wants me to be a leader for the team and create as much as I can".

The season is young - but early concerns following a disappointing Super Cup display were rapidly extinguished, on Sunday. In particular, it has afforded United another dimension.

Sometimes you don't have to make expensive signings to move forward as a team. Jamie Vardy scoring prolifically again will be a very good thing for Craig Shakespeare, who has Kelechi Iheanacho still to integrate.

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