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Mourinho comments on Man United's title chances

14 August, 2017, 03:41 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • Jose Mourinho

Matic joined United for £40 million last month and Conte was left disappointed by the departure of the Serbian midfielder, who played a major part in Chelsea's Premier League title success last season.

United were soon in total control, though, as Lukaku made no mistake with his head and that was a second league goal for the home crowd to enjoy as Mourinho's team finished the game far more dangerously than they started it. Rashford hit a post before Martial and Pogba made it 4-0 to send supporters home buzzing.

It was United's biggest opening-day win since beating Fulham 5-1 at Old Trafford in 2006 and Mourinho's biggest league win as Red Devils manager.

United have not been in title contention since the retirement of Alex Ferguson with the Premier League trophy in his hands in 2013.

But with Noble flying in once too often, Mkhitaryan's quick free-kick released Juan Mata, who was denied by the ankles of the advancing Hart and when the Spaniard returned the ball into the six-yard box, Arthur Masuaku brilliantly thwarted Lukaku. But we're in a position to do better quality work than we did in the first season. "They can still be like new players for us later in the season, so we are fine". "It is a disastrous result for us and the worst scenario that could have happened". "But fans have reasons to be optimistic because we are".

"But for me, with years and years of experience in the Premier League, my feet are on the ground and I am calm", he said.

United managed only 54 goals last season, an obvious factor in the lack of wins.

Chelsea's 3-2 defeat at home to Burnley 24 hours earlier made Matic's performance even more noteworthy.

But while Lukaku grabbed the main headlines, the platform was laid by another new signing, Nemanja Matic.

"We aren't going to forget about this game in a hurry", he said at a brief news conference. We have him and we are very happy. He knows sometimes strikers can play very well for the team without scoring goals. A Matic interception just inside the United half allowed Rashford to break at pace, the youngster's carefully weighted pass slipping in Lukaku to race in on goal and slam a fierce, first-time finish past Hart and into the back of the net with the help of the post.

Lukaku has now scored nine goals in nine Premier League games against West Ham, and 11 goals in 11 games in all competitions.

Mourinho said: "Romelu scored in the Super Cup, scored twice today, he's playing well and he's working hard". He likes the team and the team likes him. He scores goals in different ways and gives United something they dearly missed last season.

"I just think that he was very clear by showing that what he did a year ago was not enough for him. He knows from me, no pressure at all".


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