Javier Hernandez Plays - West Ham Team vs Manchester United Confirmed

Doug Mendoza
August 13, 2017

Man Utd have now won more opening game fixtures (17) than any other side in Premier League history. Blind can do a job on the left, but his speed is a major concern and hasn't looked sharp in the build-up, so the Italy global looks like the best bet at this moment in time.

Having survived that late scare, it was business as usual for United after the break as they doubled their lead within just eight minutes of the restart, when Zabaleta was yellow-carded for blocking the escaping Rashford on the right-hand edge of the Hammers area. From clever flicks to gorgeous passes with a couple of superb tackles in-between, Pogba was everywhere today. Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly all start. It's been coming and it had to be Lukaku on his debut.

Yet again, West Ham nearly shocked De Gea, when Masuaku floated in a left-wing cross that Arnautović headed over the Spaniard onto the top of the crossbar and, after Antonio Valencia was cautioned for a lunge on the Austrian, Bilić made a double-switch with Diafra Sakho and young Declan Rice replacing Fernandes and the dejected Noble. Lukaku's finish was emphatic, rebounding in off one of the uprights, and he rightly took the attention as a goal-scoring debutant, but Rashford's quick, direct running made it. Hart comes charging out and makes the save but Mata gets the ball again on the by-line. Picking the ball up in his own half, the teenager set off charging at a muddled bunch of retreating defenders, making a cute shimmy to his right before playing the pass to slice through the West Ham line. And from the free-kick from Mkhitaryan Lukaku nods it home.

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He could have had a third but for Zabaleta's timely block on the hour mark and Rashford came close to a deserved goal, striking the foot of the post with a teasing effort from the left flank. "That isn't an ambition when you've spent the money that's been spent and amassed the players that Mourinho has now amassed". Great from Pogba, bad from Hart.

While silverware was added to the trophy cabinet with success in the EFL Cup and Europa League, boss Jose Mourinho knows that far more will be required in the top flight in his second term at the helm.

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