Man United 4-0 West Ham PLAYER RATINGS: Romelu Lukaku MOTM


Romelu Lukaku marked his Premier League debut for Manchester United with two goals to help fire his new team to a 4-0 win over West Ham on Sunday.

The £75million summer signing from Everton found the net either side of half time – first with his left foot and then via a header, before Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba completed the rout.

Sportsmail’s CHRIS WHEELER was at Old Trafford to assess the players on both sides, as well as the referee in the middle…

Romelu Lukaku was in fine form at Old Trafford, scoring twice for new side Manchester United

Romelu Lukaku was in fine form at Old Trafford, scoring twice for new side Manchester United

Romelu Lukaku was in fine form at Old Trafford, scoring twice for new side Manchester United

Manchester United (4-2-3-1)

DAVID DE GEA 6.5 – The Spaniard was alert to deny Andre Ayew on the stroke of half-time after having almost nothing to do up to that point. Remained a virtual spectator in the second half as United bossed the game.

ANTONIO VALENCIA 6.5 – The United skipper played right-back as Jose Mourinho reverted to a back-four and hardly put a foot wrong, other than a late challenge on Marko Arnautovic that earned him a booking.

PHIL JONES 7 – Preferred to Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof which shows what Mourinho thinks of Jones if he can just stay fit. Highlight of an assured display was a crunching tackle to stop Arnautovic in his tracks in the first half.

ERIC BAILLY 7 – The combative Ivorian was brought straight back after missing the UEFA Super Cup through suspension and showed why. Dominant in defence and a threat at set-pieces. Booked for a foul on Javier Hernandez.

DALEY BLIND 6 – Solid on the left and provided a steady supply of set-pieces. Went close to a goal towards the end but his volley into the ground bounced just over the bar.

NEMANJA MATIC 8 – He has brought a whole new dimension to United since his £40m move from Chelsea. Anchors the team superbly and gets forward effectively – including one run past four West Ham players in the first half here. Outstanding.

Midfielder Nemanja Matic, another summer signing, also enjoyed a good Red Devils debut

Midfielder Nemanja Matic, another summer signing, also enjoyed a good Red Devils debut

Midfielder Nemanja Matic, another summer signing, also enjoyed a good Red Devils debut

PAUL POGBA 8 – United hope that Matic’s arrival will release Pogba and there are certainly signs of that working. The powerful Frenchman bullied West Ham at time and his excellent build-up play deserved more from his teammates. Capped a commanding performance with a well-taken goal late on.

MARCUS RASHFORD 7.5 – Slipped an exquisite pass into Lukaku’s path for the first goal as their partnership continues to blossom. Should have scored himself as well but steered a shot wide when clean through in the second half before hitting the foot of the post with an excellent effort.

JUAN MATA 6 – Got behind the West Ham defence twice early but couldn’t provide the finish. Faded a little after that and was the first United player to be replaced 15 minutes from time.

HENRIKH MKHITARYAN 7 – Another enterprising performance from the Armenian who provided the cross, a free kick clipped nicely to the edge of the six-yard box, for Lukaku to head the second goal and the pass for Martial to score the third.

ROMELU LUKAKU 8.5 – Hard to fault a two-goal Premier League debut. Lukaku was signed for £75m to kill off the likes of West Ham and he delivered on his first appearance at Old Trafford. That’s 11 in 12 games against the Hammers. His powerful running caused them all sorts of problems and he provided two clinical finishes.

Lukaku scored his first goal with his left foot, before doubling his tally with a towering header

Lukaku scored his first goal with his left foot, before doubling his tally with a towering header

Lukaku scored his first goal with his left foot, before doubling his tally with a towering header

Subs: Martial (for Rashford 80), Smalling, Lingard (for Mkhitaryan 87), Romero, Herrera, Fellaini (for Mata 75, 6), Darmian.

Scorers: Lukaku 33, 52, Martial 87, Pogba 90

Booked: Bailly, Valencia

West Ham United (4-2-3-1)

JOE HART 5.5 – Humbling return to Manchester for the England No.1 on loan from Manchester City. Produced a fine early save to thwart Mata, but becoming the first away goalkeeper to keep three clean sheets at Old Trafford was always going to be a tough ask. Will be hugely disappointed to concede four.

PABLO ZABALETA 5.5 – The other former City player won’t look back on his debut with any fondness either. Got forward well on a couple of occasions when he had the opportunity, and produced a fantastic sliding challenge to deny Lukaku a hat-trick, but that was about it.

Pablo Zabaleta had a difficult debut and was booked for a foul on the pacy Marcus Rashford

Pablo Zabaleta had a difficult debut and was booked for a foul on the pacy Marcus Rashford

Pablo Zabaleta had a difficult debut and was booked for a foul on the pacy Marcus Rashford

WINSTON REID 5 – Failed to cut out Mkhitaryan’s freekick when Lukaku headed the second. Tried to marshal his defence but it was a losing battle as United dominated from start to finish.

ANGELO OGBONNA 6 – Made some fine interceptions in the first half to keep his team in the game but was perhaps fortunate to get away with an untidy challenge on Lukaku in the penalty box.

ARTHUR MASUAKU 5 – Landed his team in trouble with a careless header to Mkhitaryan early on and didn’t even get off the ground when Lukaku glanced in the second goal.

PEDRO OBIANG 6 – Snapped into some string tackles but was guilty of losing the ball midway into United’s half with West Ham on the attack as the home side broke away to score the first goal.

MARK NOBLE 6 – Flashed a volley over from one of West Ham’s few chances in the first half but was overrun in midfield at times. Replaced in a double substitution on the hour.

ANDRE AYEW 5 – Came close to an equaliser with the last kick of the first half as West Ham rallied briefly, but offered little down the right flank apart from that.

EDIMILSON FERNANDES 5 – Didn’t see enough of the ball to create anything of value as the Hammers were pinned back for long periods. No surprise to see his number up first when changes were made.

Edimilson Fernandes produced West Ham's only shot on target but was subbed off on the hour

Edimilson Fernandes produced West Ham's only shot on target but was subbed off on the hour

Edimilson Fernandes produced West Ham’s only shot on target but was subbed off on the hour

MARKO ARNAUTOVIC 6 – Showed flashes of what he can do but there is so much more to come from the Austrian. Clipped the top of the bar with a header in the second half and should have done better with an attempt well over the bar when well placed.

JAVIER HERNANDEZ 5 – Disappointing debut from the former United favourite on his return to Old Trafford. Started brightly but had very little service and drifted out of the game without posing a threat. Hard to judge him on a one-sided game like this.

Subs: Cresswell (for Masuaku 81), Fonte, Adrian, Sakho (for Fernandes 60, 6), Collins, Byram, Rice (for Noble 61, 6).

Booked: Zabaleta

Referee: Martin Atkinson 7

Star man: Romelu Lukaku

Attendance: 74,928

Javier Hernandez endured a tough West Ham bow as he was isolated for much of the match

Javier Hernandez endured a tough West Ham bow as he was isolated for much of the match

Javier Hernandez endured a tough West Ham bow as he was isolated for much of the match