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Rio Ferdinand full of praise for Romelu Lukaku's performance against West Ham

14 August 2017

West Ham United's 2017-18 Premier League season is set to start on Sunday, with the Hammers facing a daunting trip to face Manchester United at Old Trafford.

"Any striker can play phenomenally hard but if he doesn't score goals the pressure is on them, so good for him, good for Wayne Rooney, ( Alexandre) Lacazette, Morata - good for all the strikers arriving in new clubs and scoring in the first days".

Although United romped to victory and now top the table, Mourinho is refusing to get carried away and believes the scoreline did not reflect what a tough fight West Ham put up. "And I'm happy with these kind of stability players". United drew more games at home than they won and suffered a drastic shortage of goals.

But, having spent more than £145m this summer, Neville thinks they are well equipped to compete again. Carrick looks to pass the ball forward and that allows Pogba to play higher up the pitch.

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That make a gap and made everything more expensive. "In the next few years City will buy one, two, maybe three players". It started with Real Madrid and [Cristiano] Ronaldo going for £80m and then [Gareth] Bale for £85m.

In Mourinho's first game last season, they won 3-1 at Bournemouth, prompting instant talk of a new era after the disappointing Louis van Gaal reign but consistency did not follow and United finished sixth. I think we lost two points against West Ham last season.

Ibrahimovic bagged a healthy 28 goals in all competitions last season, but could Lukaku be on for an even more prolific campaign?

Hernández scored 37 goals in 103 league games during his days in Manchester and one imagines he would have loved the kind of chances that Lukaku's team-mates served up for the Belgian.

"The balance of the team is the main thing and we need some new players to bring some new energy".

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It has raised questions about Chelsea's decision to let the Serbia worldwide join their Premier League title rivals, but former Stamford Bridge boss Mourinho insisted that he did nothing to "disturb" his old player.

"We are much better organized at every level - the medical department is better, the structure that organizes the logistics is much better".

United doubled their lead seven minutes after the restart as Lukaku glanced an inswinging Henrikh Mkhitaryan free-kick beyond a static Hart - his 11th goal in 13 matches against West Ham.

"What would it mean for me to be the Premier League champion?"

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In the last five head to head records, these two teams had met in English Premier League, English Carabao Cup and English FA Cup. "We are winners, everyone here wants to win", he continued.

Rio Ferdinand full of praise for Romelu Lukaku's performance against West Ham