It's just the start - Lukaku predicts bright future for United

Man United boss Jose Mourinho has admitted that the club and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are in talks

Manchester United have won more opening day games in Premier League history than any other side (17) and sit top of the league after the first round of matches for the second consecutive season, although Mourinho is not paying the position any attention.

Romelu Lukaku scored a brace on his debut for Manchester United in a comfortable 4-0 win against West Ham on Sunday at Old Trafford.

"I want to play West Ham on Sunday, a hard match".

The Red Devils finished sixth last season, largely due to their home form, and qualified for the Champions League by winning the Europa League. "I want to play", he said.

He might have been able to celebrate his first league goal even sooner. Collecting a short pass from Brian McClair, he launched an incredible shot over Neil Sullivan, who was off his line, and the ball dipped under the bar to register one of the most memorable goals in Premier League history.

The club made headlines when they signed Chicharito in the transfer window, and the biggest headline for this game will be the fact that United's favourite super-sub is likely to make a return to Old Trafford.

"As I told them all recently, during my long career, I have never worked with a group I like as much as I like them".

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Mourinho's optimism is based on three beliefs; he feels he has a more settled squad than when he arrived, that they have had a better pre-season than 12 months ago and that their rivals at the top of the division will have greater distractions in European competition this time.

"If that is going to mean better results and the title, I don't know".

A wide man has always been of interest, but Mourinho claims he is also looking for a left-back, even though he admires Luke Shaw's attitude in coming back from another injury and the England defender will be given a chance to re-establish himself. They are leaving top class players like Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford out of their team and that shows the quality Mourinho has at his disposal.

Carrick continued, "For large spells of last season, we felt we should have been higher up in the league than we were and performances certainly warranted that for large periods as well".

"It's my old club, my old fans, my old stadium but it'll be my first goal for West Ham". That isn't an ambition when you've spent the money that's been spent and amassed the players that Mourinho has now amassed, ' he added.

"For us it's just another game, a game we look forward to - these are the kind of games players want to play", Fonte concluded.

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