Slaven Bilic certainly hopes Sunday afternoon is quickly erased, as West Ham were thrashed 4-0 at Manchester United, led by two goals from Romelu Lukaku in a dominating home win for Jose Mourinho’s men.
It was always going to be a difficult opener for the Hammers, going to Old Trafford without key figures Manuel Lanzini, Michail Antonio, Andy Carroll and Cheikhou Kouyate. But it was still nevertheless a disappointing performance for Slaven Bilic’s side, as United dominated both possession and all the best chances of the contest.
After holding off the hosts for a while, West Ham conceded the opener to United in the 33rd minute, as Nemanja Matic deflected a Pedro Obiang attempted pass and began a swift counterattack that saw Marcus Rashford perfectly tee up Lukaku for his first Old Trafford goal.
The Belgian’s second goal would come in the 52nd minute, as poor marking from Arthur Masuaku and Winston Reid allowed Lukaku a free header off of Henrik Mkhitaryan’s quality free kick.
West Ham did have half a chance, as the much injured Diafra Sakho made a surprise debut and had a free header in the box off a corner, only for Andre Ayew to not control his balance and possibly give the Hammers their first goal of 2017-18.
United would wrap up an impressive opening day win with a third goal, when Anthony Martial came off the bench and tucked in Mkhitaryan’s latest quality assist in the 87th minute. Then Paul Pogba put the icing on the cake with a superb first goal for him this season in the 90th minute.
The Hammers will look for a much improved performance in their second match of the season, next Saturday at Southampton.