Nemanja Matic stars as magnificent Man United wallop woeful West Ham

Nemanja Matic stars as magnificent Man United wallop woeful West Ham
From ESPN - August 13, 2017

Manchester United thumped West Ham United 4-0 in their first game of the season -- and though many will say that this was "only West Ham," this was precisely the point.

This is the type of game of which United made such heavy weather during the last campaign, and this time they simply swept the Londoners aside. It is early days, but United look to have much more attacking chemistry than just a few months ago. An encouraging start indeed.


Nemanja Matic was outstanding, with Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford not too far behind. The defence, albeit faced by a limited threat, was sound enough, and Anthony Martial made a thrilling late audition for a starting spot.


Too few truly to name, though in the interests of squad depth United could do with the winger they have been chasing all summer. Henrikh Mkhitaryan illustrated this with his quiet start, although he improved. Other teams will not be nearly so generous as Slaven Bilic's men.

Manager rating out of 10

9 -- Jose Mourinho's team looked superbly balanced and produced a performance of patience, intensity and flair. They showed excellent discipline in waiting to prise West Ham open and scored a range of goals. Most importantly, they played with freedom.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK David De Gea, 7 -- The scoreline implies he was not busy at all, but that was not the case -- he was called upon to make three smart saves, and his positioning and passing were excellent throughout. Dealt very well with an awkward pass from Phil Jones when the game was still goalless.

DF Antonio Valencia, 8 -- Very good at getting forward in the early stages, and though he sat a little deeper than usual, by the end he remained a formidable presence in both defence and attack.

DF Eric Bailly, 8 -- His touch and awareness was excellent. Imposing as ever, he played with a measure of flair early on, and was throwing himself in front of the ball even when United were three goals to the good.

DF Phil Jones, 7 -- Aggressive yet composed. Passing had good weight, for the most part, and he looked in fine shape throughout.


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