Mourinho's big men Matic and Lukaku look to end Manchester United strife

Vincent De Villiers
Agosto 14, 2017

Rio Ferdinand has been full of praise for Romelu Lukaku after his impressive performance in Manchester United's 4-0 victory over West Ham in the opening game of the Premier League season. We could have scored one goal or whatever, but it wasn't to be.

Given their endeavour, West Ham did not deserve to be three goals behind but it got worse in the final minute of normal time as Pogba curled a shot past Hart from 20 yards out. "I'm happy with the effort the club did and I'm happy they managed to do 75 percent of the work before the Premier League starts". With Matic playing the holding role in midfield, Pogba has the license to make those incredible runs, open up the defensive line, thus create and score goals. "Better without the ball and with the ball". It just means we played well and confidence is high.

"We finished last season winning the Europa League and qualifying for the Champions League", said Mourinho.

"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". The likes of Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young and Luke Shaw are still absent as they suffered different injuries towards the tail end of last season. Lukaku has already made his debut for the Red Devils.

Though his second spell at Stamford Bridge ended in a bitter fashion, his time at Manchester United has been good enough.

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"I'm not going to say that the performance was ideal because it wasn't flawless". So the fact we, won the match is the most important thing.

Asked what United still need to add to this squad this summer, Neville said: "I'd name a player similar to Arjen Robben - a wide player". Ricardo Carvalho was one of the best defenders in the history of the Premier League but in the beginning he struggled.

"We lost two points against them last season and had similar games where we were dominated".

Four years ago, in David Moyes's first match in charge, they won 4-1 at Swansea but their manager did not survive the season as United ended seventh.

Mourinho also reiterated the club are still in talks to bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to the club for the second half of the 2017-18 campaign. "The fans have reason to be optimistic, but I have years of experience in the Premier League and my feet are on the ground". "We are going to try to win the title".

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