Lukaku scores 2, Man United out­class West Ham

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Two sum­mer sign­ings cost­ing $150 mil­lion in­spired Manch­ester United to an easy vic­tory in its open­ing Pre­mier League match of the season. Tot­ten­ham hasn’t spent a penny in the trans­fer mar­ket this sum­mer but still got off to a win­ning start yes­ter­day.

Romelu Lukaku scored twice and Ne­manja Matic ran the game from cen­tral mid­field as United beat West Ham 4-0 in an omi­nous per­for­mance at Old Traf­ford. United jumped ahead of Chelsea to sign Lukaku for 75 mil­lion pounds ($97 mil­lion) in July and the Bel­gium striker has al­ready scored on his com­pet­i­tive de­but - a con­so­la­tion against Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup - and now on his Pre­mier League de­but.

The na­ture of his goals high­lighted the im­pact Lukaku could have. The first came when he ran onto a through-ball fol­low­ing a quick break and slot­ted a finish in off the post in the 33rd, and the se­cond was a header from a free kick in the 52nd.

Matic, mean­while, was au­thor­i­ta­tive on his league de­but for United fol­low­ing his re­cent de­par­ture from Chelsea, which looks in­creas­ingly like an ill-judged de­ci­sion from the champions. 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. He could be one of the sign­ings of the sum­mer at 40 mil­lion pounds ($53 mil­lion). An­thony Mar­tial and Paul Pogba scored in the fi­nal three min­utes of nor­mal time to leave United top of the early stand­ings.

Ear­lier, Tot­ten­ham beat 10-man New­cas­tle 2-0 away thanks to goals by Dele Alli and Ben Davies, with last season’s run­ner-up only pulling clear at St. James’ Park after Jonjo Shelvey’s 48th-minute red card.

Shelvey was sent off for tread­ing on the foot of Alli, an act that was even more fool­ish as it took place right in front of the ref­eree. Spurs are the only team in the Pre­mier League not to make a sign­ing this sum­mer but they are still look­ing likely ti­tle con­tenders, along­side United.

LON­DON: Por­tu­gal’s gold medal win­ner Ines Hen­riques, cen­ter, cel­e­brates with China’s sil­ver medal win­ner Yin Hang, left, and bronze medal win­ner China’s Yang Shuqing after the women’s 50-kilo­me­ter race walk dur­ing World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don yes­ter­day. — AP

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