44 min “Hi Rob,” says Felix Wood. “The sale of Matic to Man U is so baffling for me. Why on earth did Chelsea do it? You must know. You must.”
Look, it’s all related to the 9/11 Cover Up and the Brexit vote. If I say any more than that, I’ll be find in a dump truck.
40 min Hernandez’s deft lay-off finds Fernandes, whose stinging 20-yard shot is blocked.
40 min Matic goes on a superb, twinkle-toed run down the right before giving the ball away. He has been the best player on the pitch. He looks a serious signing.
38 min United win their ninth corner of the half. It’s half cleared to Valencia, whose low shot is kicked clear. West Ham are being ushered in the direction of the ropes.
36 min I didn’t give Matic enough, or indeed any, credit for his part in the goal. He got in Obiang’s face and blocked his attempted pass, which diverted it straight to Rashford.
35 min Pogba dances into the area and goes down after a double challenge from Obiang and Arnautovic. Obiang got the ball so Martin Atkinson is right to ignore the penalty appeals.
That’s why United bought him. He has done bugger all apart from score a goal. Obiang, just inside the United half, played an abysmal square pass to Rashford, who scooted 40 yards and then slipped a nice through ball into the area. Lukaku had made a good angled run behind the defence and clattered the ball in off the near post with his left foot.
GOAL! Manchester United 1-0 West Ham (Lukaku 33)
Romelu Lukaku scores on his league debut. It was a simple goal, whacked in off the post from 10 yards.