Lukaku dou­ble pro­pels United to vic­tory

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Romelu Lukaku en­joyed a dream Premier League de­but for Man­ches­ter United as the Bel­gian’s brace in­spired a 4-0 rout of West Ham, while Jonjo Shelvey’s dis­missal was the piv­otal mo­ment in Tot­ten­ham’s 2-0 win at New­cas­tle yes­ter­day.

United man­ager Jose Mour­inho paid a Bri­tish record £75 mil­lion ($96 mil­lion, 82 mil­lion euros) to sign Lukaku from Ever­ton in the close-sea­son and the 24-year-old needed just 33 min­utes to get off the mark for his new club.

Ac­cel­er­at­ing on Mar­cus Rash­ford’s pass, Lukaku drilled a pow­er­ful strike in off the post to put United ahead in their Premier League opener at Old Traf­ford.

Lukaku was vir­tu­ally un­playable at times and he dou­bled United’s ad­van­tage in the 53rd minute with a bul­let header from Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan’s free-kick.

Sub­sti­tute An­thony Mar­tial added United’s, slot­ting past Joe Hart in the 87th minute, be­fore Paul Pogba’s 90th minute strike sent Mour­inho’s men to the top of the ta­ble above Hud­der­s­field on goal dif­fer­ence.

Once sold by Mour­inho when the pair were at Chelsea to­gether, Lukaku could be the cat­a­lyst for a first se­ri­ous ti­tle chal­lenge from United since Alex Fer­gu­son re­tired in 2013.

“To play in front of such a crowd is a dream come true but most im­por­tant is the three points,” Lukaku said.

“When you play for Man­ches­ter United, you have a job to do and mine is to score goals.”

Romelu Lukaku of Man­ches­ter United cel­e­brat­ing af­ter he scored the open­ing goal in the 4-0 thrash­ing of West ham United yes­ter­day.

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