Romelu Lukaku came back to haunt a very poor West Ham side yet again, scoring twice on his debut for Manchester United as they strolled to an easy 4-0 victory.
Lukaku, a £75m summer signing from Everton, has now scored 11 times against the Hammers in just 11 games.
First half lead
Following an opening half an hour in which the hosts dominated possession, Lukaku gave the home side the lead on 33 minutes with a shot off the post after racing onto Marcus Rashford’s pass.
The Belgium international then doubled the lead after half-time, glancing in a header from Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s free-kick.
Although Manchester United had controlled the game up to that point, both of the goals resulted from sloppy play by the visitors. For the first goal, Pedro Obiang lost possession in midfield with the Hammers on the offensive, allowing a quick and ultimately ruthless counter attack to ensue.
Hammers defender Arthur Masuaku was guilty of poor marking and getting easily out manoeuvred by Lukaku for the second goal.
Later in the second half Rashford shot against the inside of West Ham’s left-hand post, before substitute Anthony Martial ended the match as a contest with a cool finish to make it 3-0.
As full time approached, and with the Hammers seemingly dead on their feet from the continual run-around, there was still time for Paul Pogba to score a fourth goal.
With another debutant, Nemanja Matic, controlling the midfield and the game for Manchester United, it was the perfect start to the Premier League season for the Reds. The margin of victory, the biggest of the weekend’s fixtures, means Manchester United are currently top of the league.
On the other side of the coin, the disappointing result for the Hammers means they are bottom of the league for the opening weekend.
Having signed some good proven players this summer, the Hammers offered little going forward, although new signing Marko Arnautovic did flick a header onto the top of the home crossbar.
Javier Hernandez, on his return to Old Trafford, played well for West Ham and worked tirelessly, for little reward. At the back, goalkeeper Joe Hart had a less than impressive start to his Hammers career, letting in four goals, with the fourth one annoyingly slipping through his hands.
Manchester United will look to follow up this opening win when they go to Swansea on Saturday, while West Ham face another away game – because their London Stadium has been hosting the World Athletics Championships – as they visit Southampton on the same day.