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Man United, Tottenham make winning starts in Premier League

Man United, Tottenham make winning starts in Premier League

Manchester United play West Ham United in their first game of the 2017-18 Premier League season and both sets of managers have announced their starting line-ups for Sunday's game at Old Trafford, Manchester. When you play for Manchester United everybody has a job to do, and obviously mine is to score goals and to keep the ball for the team.

"A word that I like is confidence, they played with confidence and played football".

Sunday's other game saw Tottenham Hotspur win 2-0 at newly promoted Newcastle United whose captain Jonjo Shelvey was sent off for a deliberate stamp on Dele Alli in front of the referee.

View from the opposition dug-out - Slaven Bilic: "I expected more, of course, but I have to admit they were a much better side in every aspect of the game". The only thing we know, of course with Chelsea money, I brought him to Stamford Bridge because I thought he was a player with special qualities.

The former Sweden striker was United's top scorer last season, hitting 28 goals as they won the Europa League, the League Cup and the Community Shield.

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"I'm not going to say our performance was flawless - because it wasn't ideal - we made mistakes and there is room for improvement, it was a solid performance".

Matic linked up with Mkhitaryan before the Armenian found Martial, who beat Joe Hart three-minutes from time.

Marko Arnautovic went close to scoring on his Premier League debut for the Hammers but his looping header inside the area on 59 minutes bounced off the top of the crossbar.

"I'm not going to say that the performance was ideal because it wasn't flawless".

"Zlatan is injured and needs time to recover", Mourinho said on Friday.

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Lindelof, signed from Benfica this summer, watched from the stands as United began their league campaign with a 4-0 win over West Ham at Old Trafford.

"We lost two points against West Ham here [last season] and had lots of similar matches where we dominated but did not score enough goals".

Meanwhile, Manchester United chief, Jose Mourinho, was in no doubt over what pleased him the most: "The win".

Romelu Lukaku marked his Premier League debut for the club with a brace, before Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba added late gloss to the scoreline.

Romelu Lukaku scored in seven straight Premier League matches for Everton against West Ham between 2013 and 2016.

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United's new trio should feature as Mourinho aims to get off to a winning start.


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