Manchester U 4 West Ham 0
Manchester United 4 West Ham 0 United, Old Trafford, English Premier League, August 13, 2017. Manchester United opened the 2017-18 Premiership campaign with a commanding 4-0 win over West Ham United courtesy of a double from Romelu Lukaku each side of the break and a goal apiece by Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba late in the second half.
Following a close 2–1 UEFA Super Cup loss to reigning UEFA Champions League Champions Real Madrid at the Philip the Second Arena in the Macedonian capital of Skopje, Manchester United played West Ham United at Old Trafford in their Premier League opening tie. The Manchester United First Team Squad for the 2017-18 season contained goalkeepers David de Gea, Joel Pereira, and Sergio Romero; defenders Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia, and Ashley Young; midfielders Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Angel Gomes, Ethan Hamilton, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, and Paul Pogba; and forwards Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Alexis Sanchez, and James Wilson. West Ham United´s First Team Squad, meanwhile, included goalkeepers Adrian, Joe Hart, and Nathan Trott; defenders Sam Byram, James Collins, Aaron Cresswell, Patrice Evra, Ben Johnson, Arthur Masuaku, Vashon Neufville, Angelo Ogbonna, Joshua Pask, Winston Reid, Declan Rice, and Pablo Zabaleta; midfielders Michail Antonio, Marcus Browne, Joshua Cullen, Grady Diangana, Domingos Quina, Edimilson Fernandes, Sead Haksabanovic, Jooo Mario, Cheikhou Kouyate, Manuel Lanzini, Mark Noble, and Pedro Obiang; and forwards Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll, Javier Hernandez, Nathan Holland, and Jordan Hugill.
Football League Cup and UEFA Europa League winners Manchester United had defeated LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Manchester City, VIF Oslo, and Sampdoria, drawn with Real Madrid, and lost against FC Barcelona in their pre-season matches ahead of the Super Cup fixture against Real Madrid, whereas West Ham had defeated Fulham and Dagenham and Redbridge, drawn with Sturm Graz, Werder Bremen, and Altonaer FC von 1893, and lost against Werder Bremen and Manchester City in their summer friendlies. In the last meeting between Manchester United and West Ham at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho´s men had trashed The Irons by the convincing margin of 4-1 in the League Cup Quarter Finals on the 30th of November 2016. The Manchester club took the advantage through Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the second minute, but Ashley Fletcher managed to level the score for West Ham ten minutes ahead of the break. After the restart, Anthony Martial netted in the 48th and 62nd minutes respectively before Ibrahimovic scored a fourth goal in stoppage time.
On the opening weekend the 2017-18 Premiership campaign, Manchester United established a one-nil lead three minutes past the half-hour mark when Romelu Lukaku recieved an intelligent pass from Marcus Rashford and struck the ball past West Ham shot stopper Joe Hart and into the net via the inside of the post to become the eighteenth player to score on his Premier League debut for The Red Devils. And the new acquisition from Everton found the back of the net again as the industrious centre-forward headed home an excellently delivered free-kick from Armenian midfield playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the 52nd minute of proceedings, while Rashford came close to scoring for the home side when his effort hit the foot of the upright thirteen minutes later. And then, in the 70th minute of action, Manchester United and Netherlands midfielder Daley Blind almost made the scoresheet when his angled volley went just a few inches inches over the crossbar. But as the scoreboard clock at Old Trafford wound down towards the end of the second half, Anthony Martial registered a third goal for United after 87 minutes of play with a well placed finish from inside the eighteen-yard area before fellow Frenchman Paul Pogba added a fourth for the hosts when he unleashed a ferocious shot past Hart and into the net in the final minute of the season opener. After netting twice against The Hammers, Lukaku had now scored on his League debuts for Anderlecht, West Bromwich Albion, Everton, and Manchester United, and the twenty-four-year-old striker already looked settled in his new surroundings.
An aggressive and determined marksman, Romelu Lukaku had started his goal scoring career with Anderlecht of Brussels for whom the Antwerp born player accumulated an impressive 33 Belgian Pro League goals during 73 appearances for The Purple and White under Constant Vanden Stock Stadium manager Ariel Jacobs before he was sold to Roman Abramovich´s Chelsea for an estimated transfer fee of £10 million on the 18th of August 2011. After loan spells with West Bromwich and Everton, he signed a permanent deal with the latter at the beginning of the 2014-15 campaign and stayed with the club until he joined Manchester United in the summer of 2017 for a fee reported to be somewhere in the region of around £75 million. A Belgium international, Lukaku made his senior debut for The Red Devils in a 1–0 friendly loss to Croatia at the King Baudouin Stadium on the 3rd of March 2010, and scored his first two goals for his native country in a 2–0 friendly triumph over Russia at the Trade Unions Central Stadium on the 17th of November the same year. Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Matic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford. Substitutes: Matteo Darmian, Chris Smalling, Anthony Martial, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard, Sergio Romero. West Ham United Team: Joe Hart, Arthur Masuaku, Angelo Ogbonna, Pablo Zabaleta, Winston Reid, Edimilson Fernandes, Mark Noble, Pedro Obiang, Andre Ayew, Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez. Substitutes: Jose Fonte, Aaron Cresswell, James Michael Collins, Sam Byram, Declan Rice, Diafra Sakho, Adrian San Miguel del Castillo.
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Manchester United beat West Ham United 4-2 in a First Division fixture at Old Trafford on the 18th of September 1971. The Reds took the lead thanks to a close range header from George Best, only for The Irons to equalise through Clyde Best who headed home shortly afterwards. Manchester United regained their advantage when George Best scored with an acrobatic shot two minutes ahead of the break, but West Ham levelled the score again as Trevor Brooking powered a low effort past home goalkeeper Alex Stepney and into the net. Manchester United then took the lead for the third time with an accurate shot from Bobby Charlton before George Best added a fourth goal for the hosts after an amazing individual display.