Manchester United’s new signing Romelu Lukaku scored two goals as the Red Devils cruised past West Ham United in their first game of the 2017/18 season. His goals came as no surprise bearing in mind his nine goal haul against the Hammers in 10 previous clashes.
Jose Mourinho was full of praises for another new signing Nemanja Matic, who played a vital role in the victory. It was the Serbian who closed down Pedro Obiang, forcing him into an error which led to Lukaku’s opener. Mourinho said he had thought signing Matic from Chelsea would be impossible bearing in mind his importance and quality.
“I was not thinking of signing Matic because I never go for players who I think are an impossible mission to sign. I felt that there would be no chance,” he told reporters.
“So when I got the call that Matic wants to play for me and wants to play for Manchester United – and that we could make it happen – I thought he’s the perfect player for me.
“When I joined United last year I thought immediately that we needed a Matic. There aren’t many like him. Just a couple. He is one of those players who has no question marks over him.”
Manchester United face Swansea City, Leicester, Stoke, Everton, Southampton and Crystal Palace before meeting Liverpool, in October.