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Romelu Lukaku on cloud nine after scoring twice on Man United debut: 'It's a dream come true'

  • Mourinho says goals will help striker move forward: 'It’s always nice for their confidence'
  • West Ham manager Bilic admits his side had been outclassed

Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring his side's first goal against West Ham United at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Sunday, August 13, 2017. Dave Thompson / AP Photo
Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring his side's first goal against West Ham United at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Sunday, August 13, 2017. Dave Thompson / AP Photo

Romelu Lukaku described it as a “dream come true” after he scored twice on his Manchester United Premier League debut.

The £75million (Dh356m) summer signing struck in each half as United thrashed West Ham United 4-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Londoners were completely outplayed and could easily have trailed by more goals before substitute Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba finally put a more realistic slant on the scoreline in the closing minutes.

“To play in front of such a crowd and for such a great club, it’s a dream come true,” Lukaku told Sky Sports. “The most important thing is the win; the win was good.”

Asked whether he felt relief given his hefty price tag, the Belgian added: “No, just joy for the team. When you play for Manchester United everybody has a job to do and mine is to score goals for the team.

“The team did a good job today, everybody was creative.”

United manager Jose Mourinho believes Lukaku’s display will help his confidence going forward.

“It’s always important,” said the Portuguese. “New players in new clubs, new strikers, everyone expects goals from them.

“The pressure is with them. It’s always nice for their confidence.”

Despite seeing his side go top of the embryonic table, Mourinho still felt United could have come out of the blocks quicker.

He added: “The game was difficult, the game was open; at 2-0 they had a chance. I don’t think the game was 4-0.

“Then of course, score the third goal and you can breathe and play with a lot of confidence.

“I think the reality of the game, this was always a difficult game for us.

“We didn’t start especially well, we were a little bit nervous for 10-15 minutes. Then we had a quality performance, good personality, they played with lots of confidence and have given the result.

“The team was confident and played great football. I’m happy, I think it was a very positive performance

“The fact that we start [by] winning and are top of the league means nothing, because last season we started winning and I think we were top of the league after the first match - it means nothing.

“The performance again, the levels of confidence, is what matters for me. We got three important points.”

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic. Jason Cairnduff / Reuters
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic. Jason Cairnduff / Reuters

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic admitted his side had been outclassed.

“I expected more of course, but I have to admit they were a much better side in every aspect of the game,” he said.

“We knew they had a strong side of course, but I expected us to do much better.

“We started OK but then it was missing, we were much slower than them.

“It’s very hard to find any positives now when you lose 4-0.”