Red Dev­ils’ Lukaku starts with two ham­mer-blows

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT -

MAN­CHES­TER: Romelu Lukaku struck twice on his Premier League de­but for Man­ches­ter United as Jose Mour­inho’s side made a con­fi­dent start to their cam­paign with a 4-0 win over West Ham United at Old Traf­ford last night.

The Bel­gian striker, who was signed from Ever­ton in a £75-mil­lion (about R1.3bn) move last month, opened the scor­ing in the 33rd minute, blast­ing in off the post af­ter latch­ing on to a clever through ball from Mar­cus Rash­ford.

Lukaku, pic­tured, made it 2-0 seven min­utes af­ter the break, ris­ing to meet a Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan free kick with a su­perbly an­gled header into the far bot­tom cor­ner.

Sub­sti­tute An­thony Mar­tial made it 3-0 in the 87th minute with a side-foot fin­ish af­ter be­ing played in by Mkhi­taryan and mo­ments later Paul Pogba fired in the fourth.

Else­where, Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur got their Premier League cam­paign on track with a clin­i­cal 2-0 win at 10-man New­cas­tle United af­ter Dele Alli scored one goal and helped cre­ate the other at St James’s Park.

Hav­ing eased back into the top flight from the sec­ond-tier Cham­pi­onship, New­cas­tle held their own against last sea­son’s Premier League run­ners-up in the open­ing half but suc­cumbed af­ter Jonjo Shelvey was sent off in the 48th minute.

Shelvey got his march­ing or­ders for stomp­ing on Alli and Spurs duly took ad­van­tage as the Eng­land mid­fielder, who pulled all the strings for the vis­i­tors, broke the dead­lock on the hour when he steered in an inch-per­fect cross by Chris­tian Erik­sen. Alli, who helped Erik­sen set up the other for Davies in the 70th minute, made light of Shelvey’s petu­lant re­ac­tion. “I’m sure he’ll be dis­ap­pointed,” Alli told Sky Sports. “It was im­por­tant we stayed pro­fes­sional. I don’t want to talk about it too much. I’ve been pulled up for my tem­per be­fore but to­day we had to keep our cool. There was no need to re­act.” New­cas­tle, whose fans in­ces­santly booed their for­mer mid­fielder Moussa Sis­soko, now play­ing for Spurs, missed their best chance straight af­ter Shelvey’s dis­missal as keeper Hugo Lloris de­nied Dwight Gayle with a fine save. Harry Kane, last sea­son’s top scorer in the Premier League with 29 goals, missed a sit­ter at the other end be­fore Alli slid in at the far post and beat Robert El­liot with a fine fin­ish.

The in­flu­en­tial Erik­sen and livewire Alli carved open New­cas­tle’s de­fence with a light­ning move 10 min­utes later, pre­sent­ing Davies with a sim­ple fin­ish from seven me­tres. Kane should have added the third in stop­page time as Spurs charged for­ward but hit the post with only El­liot to beat.

New­cas­tle winger Chris­tian Atsu said the tem­per­a­men­tal Shelvey had apol­o­gised to his team­mates af­ter the game.

“That’s foot­ball,” the Ghana­ian said. “He’ll learn from his mis­takes. He’s up­set and thinks he let the team down. He apol­o­gised to ev­ery­one and we be­lieve he will come back stronger.” – Reuters

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.