Manchester United 4 West Ham United 0 – Premier League

Manchester United took on West Ham United at Old Trafford in their first league game of the season. The final match of the first weekend of the Premier League season saw the return of Javier Hernandez to Manchester as a West Ham player. Chicharito returned to English football following two years in Germany at Bayer Leverkusen. West Ham paid a reported 16m to bring the Mexican back to the UK. Also making his first competitive appearance for the Irons was Marko Arnautović, signed from Stoke. Two of United’s three new signings Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic made their league debuts for the Reds on Sunday afternoon.


Romelu Lukaku scored a brace on his home debut as Manchester United made a perfect start to the Premier League season.

Lukaku opened the scoring after 22 minutes, latching onto a Marcus Rashford through-ball to place his shot past Joe Hart in the West Ham goal. After good work from new signing Nemanja Matic in midfield, Rashford came away with the ball and fed the Belgian striker for his first Premier League goal in a Red shirt.

Lukaku then added a second, heading in a free kick early in the second half. Henrikh Mkhitaryan whipped in the cross and the striker headed in to extend Manchester United’s lead.

Nemanja Matic put in a great performance on his home debut for Manchester United, following his 40m move from Chelsea. Playing alongside Paul Pogba, who also had a great game, Matic impressed the Old Trafford crowd.

Marcus Rashford hit the post in the second half, while Marko Arnautovic hit the bar for the Irons before the Reds added a third.

Anthony Martial came off the bench to score, after another Henrikh Mkhitaryan assist. The Armenian midfielder played in Martial for a one on one with Joe Hart and the Frenchman made no mistake in placing his shot past the English international goalkeeper.

Paul Pogba added a fourth from outside the box late on to seal a comfortable opening day victory for the Reds. The Frenchman ran through midfield and placed a curling shot past Joe Hart.


Manchester United now head to South Wales to play Swansea next weekend, looking to sustain momentum after an opening day win at Old Trafford.

Manchester United 2 Crystal Palace 0 – Premier League

Juan Mata arrives at Old Trafford with his girlfriend after being rested for the Europa League Final in Stockholm on Wednesday 24th May.

Mata therefore had time to sign autographs for fans and pose for photos before the game.

Fellow Spaniard, David De Gea arrives after also getting the day off, with the Portuguese Joel Pereira starting for the first time in goal.

Jose Mourinho handed debut starts to Joel Pereira, Demetri Mitchell, Scott McTominay and Josh Harrop as most first team players were rested ahead of the Europa League Final.

Of the first team players, only Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones and Wayne Rooney started. While Anthony Martial, Daley Blind and Michael Carrick were on the bench.

Pogba and Lingard both played 44 minutes each, coming off for Carrick and Martial just before half time. While Blind stayed on the bench as he prepares to start the final at centre-back.

Debutant Josh Harrop opened the scoring fifteen minutes in, after running onto a Pogba through-ball. Harrop cut into the box and placed a shot into the far corner past Wayne Hennessey.

Just four minutes later, Pogba himself added a second. After Tim Fosu-Mensah won the ball in midfield, Jesse Lingard took his time to play in the Frenchman who capitalised on a Palace mistake to slot home. Pogba went off to a standing ovation having both scored and assisted during his 44 minute appearance.

Palace’s top scorer Christian Benteke hit the post with a header in the second half. While Joel Pereira made a good save from a Luka Milivojevic free kick to preserve a clean sheet on his first start for the reds.

Later on, 16-year-old Angel Gomes replaced Wayne Rooney to become the days fifth debutant. The diminutive Gomes still had time to show off his ability despite only playing five minutes.

Manchester United closed their domestic season with a comfortable 2-0 win and finished with a lap of honour.

Marcos Rojo made an appearance on crutches, following successful knee surgery recently.

While Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Sergio Romero had time to take photos with family members after being rested.

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Manchester United now head to Stockholm to face Ajax for the Europa League, plus qualification for next season’s UEFA Super Cup and Champions League.

Manchester United 3 Southampton 2 – EFL Cup Final 2017 Photo Match Report

The United players leave the team hotel, The Hilton London Wembley, to get on the specially branded ‘EFL Cup Final’ team bus.

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Wembley Stadium an hour before the 4.30pm kick off.

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The Manchester United players, after playing 4 matches in the previous 11 days. And the Southampton squad, fresh from a two week training camp in Spain, warm up.

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Both clubs’ colours are laid out on the pitch alongside their home shirts, with the teams now in the tunnel.

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Jose Mourinho and Claude Puel stand alongside their players awaiting the national anthem.

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The 2017 EFL Cup final kicks off.

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A free kick from Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring. While a calm finish from Jesse Lingard, who has now scored in each of the FA Cup final, Community Shield and League Cup final, put MUFC 2-0 up. Before Manolo Gabbiadini struck for the Saints either side of half time. But it was the 35 year-old Swede who met Ander Herrera’s fine cross in the 87th minute to clinch United a fifth League Cup title.

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United fans’ celebrate Zlatan’s late winner by waving their phone flashlights.

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Ibrahimovic sinks to his knees as Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Marcos Rojo congratulate him, after referee Andre Marriner blew his FT whistle.

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Ander Herrera leads the celebrations with a scarf given to him by a fan.

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Club Captain, Wayne Rooney lifts the trophy despite not playing in the final. The substitute was going to replace Ander Herrera but after Ibrahimovic scored Jose Mourinho decided to see out the win with Marouane Fellaini instead.

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The United players come over to applaud the fans on the far side after collecting their winners’ medals.

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The Wembley arch lit up red after a fantastic cup final seen by 85,264 fans.

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Manchester United now return to Premier League action at Old Trafford against AFC Bournemouth on 4th March 2017, at 12:30pm.