Thus far, it has been a fascinating opening weekend to the new Premier League season. The English Premier League lived up to its hype as the most competitive and most entertaining League on Planet Earth.
The Manchester United vs West Ham contest was the last of the weekend and it did loads of goods to the enviable English Premier competition reputations. Both teams going into the game fielded their new recruits; United gave debuts to Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic, while the Hammers unveiled Anautovic, and Chicharito formerly a United’s player.
With Lukaku arriving as the most expensive British transfer, he was condemned to deliver at the blast of the whistle and he did so with aplomb by contributing two goals in the process. However, the Man of the match went to his fellow new signing Matic who was imperious in the United’ midfield. And i thought to my self what were Chelsea thinking when they sold him to United?
Earlier on, it was a high tempo game with both sides giving nothing or little away. Meanwhile, Manchester United’ quality came to play as the game panned out.
On from the 18th minutes, United began to turn the screw on the Hammers. 27th minutes, Pogba turned on the style and played Mata through but he made less of it and the chance was lost.
31st minutes, United had 84 ball possessions to the Hammers 16, yet to no breakthrough.
Further, on the 33rd minutes, the pressure finally paid off as Romelu Lukaku finished off Marcus Rashford’s counter attack move to hand a deservedly lead to United.
First yellow card of the game was issued to Man Utd’ Baily for a rash tackle on Chicharito on the 42nd minutes. on 45th minutes, the Hammers mounted a rare sustained pressure on Utd’ half and were nearly rewarded only that De Gea, Man Utd’ No 1. stood in the way.
45 minutes + 1, half time. Manchester Utd 1, West Ham 0.
The Hammers got the game underway in the second period but Utd still had the better say.
And on 52nd minutes, Lukaku yet again scored. He was unmarked as he guided Mkhytaryan’s free kick into the Hammers net to double Utd’ lead.
Antonio Valencia, Utd’ Captain of the night was booked on the 59th minutes, for impeding Anautovic. 60th minutes, Sakho replaced Mark Noble for the Hammers first change. Rashford was unlucky to be denied a stunning goal by Joe Hart’ far left post on 65th minutes.
75th minutes, Utd made their first change; Mata subbed for Marouane Fellaini, and Martial on for Marcus Rashford on 79 minutes. Rashford had a descent game but would have to do more to improve on his finishing and decision making in the final third.
81st minutes, Hammers changed Masuwaku for Cresswell. Martial scored the 3rd goal for Utd on the 87th minutes, he was assisted by the highly influential Mkhytaryan. 88th minutes, Mkhytaryan subbed for Lindgard.
On 89th minutes, Pogba scored a beauty from a Anthony Martial assist to put the icing on the cake.
After 90+3minutes, the ref had enough. With this win, Manchester United seats atop the log at the end of a highly entertaining opening weekend of the 2017/2018 Premier League Season.