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The day was August 13th. Based on where I live it was a 10am kick-off (4pm UK time). I'll be quite honest, that's early for me on a weekend - but waking up was well worth it!
Manchester United were set to play West Ham United and well... let's say we hammered the Hammers (pun intended). It was a slow start for Mourinho's men, but not long before the stroke of half-time United's new talisman, Romelu Lukaku, scored with a clinical finish. Using strength to muscle past the opposition's centre-half, he banged in off the post. Boom. 1-0.
United were very dominant in the first half, but it took a while to get things ticking. West Ham had a good chance seconds before the whistle, but David De Gea cleaned it up nicely. Half-time.
So, as the second half started and I wasn't sure to expect. West Ham didn't have much possession at this point, but there was still only a one-goal lead in my team's favour. I began to remember the pain of last season when United "bottled it" after having narrow leads turn into draws. That wasn't the case in this match.
Eventually, United earned a free-kick and Mkhitaryan directed a ball straight onto the head of Lukaku, who knocked the ball in nicely past Joe Hart. What a league debut for the £75 million man! Set pieces are something United have really struggled with in recent years, so I was happy to see a header from a free-kick go in.
Not long afterwards, Anthony Martial came on with just 10 minutes to go. He grabbed a goal and set up another for Paul Pogba, who banged in a quality shot from outside the box. Before I knew it, we’d bagged ourselves a 4-0 win and I was delighted. One of the best performances I have seen from the Red Devils since Alex Ferguson departed. It was beautiful to see!
I was really impressed with the whole team. Our defence was solid and it neutralised West Ham's attack time and time again (after they just signed two quality attackers). Matic broke up play well and distributed the ball cleanly, which allowed Pogba to roam forward. He was United's man of the match. And back to Pogba, the Frenchman scored a goal today and was at it again with his usual flicks and tricks. A true joy to watch. And oh yeah, that one Belgian guy, Romelu - not a bad day for him either.
It was a solid performance, the best in the league so far in my opinion. If United play like that consistently and stay injury-free, I smell a title charge.
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