Player Ratings: Man Utd 4-0 West Ham
Manchester United kicked off their 2017-18 Premier League season with an emphatic 4-0 thrashing of West Ham at Old Trafford this afternoon.
Romelu Lukaku scored a brace on his league debut for the club having also scored in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday. Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba scored late on as the scoreline reflected United’s performance.
West Ham were poor at both ends of the pitch today and things don’t get much easier for Slaven Bilić’s side who have two more away games before the international break before their first home game of the new season isn’t until 11 September.
Here are CSAR’s player ratings from Manchester United 4-0 West Ham:
David de Gea 6 – The United goalkeeper had one save from Edilmilson Fernandes’ 20-yard powerful effort straight down the middle but it was an otherwise quiet day for the Spaniard.
Antonio Valencia 8 – Kept Marko Arnautović very quiet down the wing and brought the ball forward too. A solid performance from the right-back.
Eric Bailly 9 – Completely nullified any threat Javier Hernández had to offer to make the Mexican’s welcome back to Old Trafford an unhappy one. The Ivorian was absolutely solid today.
Phil Jones 8 – Another solid performance from a Manchester United defender; Phil Jones made some good strong challenges to win the ball back for his side a couple of times whilst West Ham posed little threat on David de Gea’s goal.
Daley Blind 7 – A good performance in both halves of the field from the Dutch international. Daley Blind was composed on the ball and fired in a few shots from long range. Defensively he had André Ayew in his pocket.
Nemanja Matić 9 – He had an excellent Premier League debut for Mourinho on his return to Chelsea in a 1-0 win at Manchester City in 2014 and put in a performance just as good today. Nemanja Matić was key in the opening goal as he broke up Pedro Obiang’s attempt of a pass to set Marcus Rashford free down the left wing with Pablo Zabaleta far out of position. The Serbian broke up a lot in midfield, didn’t let anything past him and helped start many United attacks.
Paul Pogba 9 – The French international pushed forward with more freedom today than he did for a lot of last season with the reassurance of Matić protecting the back four in his absence. Paul Pogba showed some cheeky touches and turns and often brought the ball forward from his own half into the final third. His game was wrapped up with a finish past Joe Hart from outside the penalty area to make it 4-0.
Juan Mata 8 – Made some intelligent runs one of which nearly allowed him to set up Romelu Lukaku for an opener. Juan Mata was a real nuisance to the West Ham defence this afternoon but passed up a great opportunity to score by trying to pick out Lukaku in the six-yard box.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 8 – Playing in the number 10 role in a 4-2-3-1 formation, Henrikh Mkitaryan showed some of his form from his Borussia Dortmund days that persuaded Mourinho to bring him to Old Trafford last summer. The Armenian delivered the free kick from which Lukaku headed United into a 2-0 lead before later setting up Anthony Martial’s goal late on.
Marcus Rashford 9 – The youngster terrorised Pablo Zabaleta all afternoon which included drawing a yellow card from the former-Manchester City player from which the resulting free kick was turned into a 2-0 lead. Marcus Rashford was unlucky not to score himself by hitting the base of the post before being substituted with quarter-of-an-hour to go.
Romelu Lukaku 9 – Little more could have been asked from the £75 million signing than to score the two opening goals. Romelu Lukaku may actually feel he should have finished the game with a hat-trick but take nothing away from his performance. An excellent finish for the first goal before heading home a second. He’ll want to learn to hold onto possession a little better and perhaps his movement could be improved but today was his day.
Marouane Fellaini (15 mins) N/A – Brought on for Rashford to help protect United’s 2-0 lead. Wasn’t really required as West Ham offered little threat all game.
Anthony Martial (11 mins) N/A – A nice little cameo performance from Anthony Martial who came on late and found time to score with a composed finish.
Jesse Lingard (3 mins) N/A – Brought on to get another appearance next to his name.
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