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EPL PHOTOS: Lukaku strikes twice as United crush West Ham; Alli shines for Spurs

Last updated on: August 13, 2017 22:57 IST

Images from the English Premier League matches played on Sunday

Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku celebrates with teammates after the first goal against West Ham United during their English  Premier League match at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday

IMAGE: Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku celebrates with teammates after the first goal against West Ham United during their English Premier League match at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Romelu Lukaku struck twice on his Premier League debut for Manchester United as Jose Mourinho’s side made a confident start to their campaign with a 4-0 win over West Ham United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Belgian striker, who was signed from Everton in a 75-million-pound ($97.58-million) move last month, began repaying that investment with two fine finishes but it was not only his imposing presence in attack that give United a very different feel from last season.

Another close-season recruit, Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic, brought from Chelsea, made an excellent debut in the defensive midfield role, breaking up any threats from West Ham and then prompting United’s attacks with intelligence.

With Marcus Rashford’s pace and directness down the left flank and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s trickery on the right, United showed a variety and inventiveness that too often was missing last season when they drew 10 home games at Old Trafford.

West Ham United's Pablo Zabaleta and Manchester United's Marcus Rashford battle for possession

IMAGE: West Ham United's Pablo Zabaleta and Manchester United's Marcus Rashford battle for possession. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Lukaku opened the scoring in the 33rd minute, blasting in off the post after latching on to a clever through ball from Rashford, who had run with the ball from deep in his own half.

The Belgian made it 2-0 seven minutes after the break, rising to meet a Mkhitaryan free kick with a superbly angled header into the far bottom corner.

Substitute Anthony Martial made it 3-0 in the 87th minute with a side-foot finish after being played in, again by Mkhitaryan.

Moments later Paul Pogba fired in the fourth after he was slipped in by Martial to complete the rout.

Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli scores his sides first goal against Newcastle United during their during the Premier League match at St. James's Park in Newcastle upon Tyne, on Sunday 

IMAGE: Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli scores his sides first goal against Newcastle United during their during the Premier League match at St. James's Park in Newcastle upon Tyne, on Sunday. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur got their Premier League campaign on track with a clinical 2-0 win at 10-man Newcastle United on Sunday after Dele Alli scored one goal and helped create the other at St James's Park.

Having eased back into the top flight from the second-tier Championship, Newcastle held their own against last season's Premier League runners-up in the opening half but succumbed after Jonjo Shelvey was sent off in the 48th minute.

Shelvey got his marching orders for stomping on Alli and Spurs duly took advantage as the England midfielder, who pulled all the strings for the visitors, broke the deadlock on the hour when he steered in an inch-perfect cross by Christian Eriksen.

Alli, who helped Eriksen set up the other for Davies in the 70th minute, made light of Shelvey's petulant reaction.

"I'm sure he'll be disappointed," Alli told Sky Sports.

"It was important we stayed professional. I don't want to talk about it too much. I've been pulled up for my temper before but today we had to keep our cool. There was no need to react."

Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli reacts leading to a red card for Newcastle United's Jonjo Shelvey

IMAGE: Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli reacts leading to a red card for Newcastle United's Jonjo Shelvey. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Newcastle, whose fans incessantly booed their former midfielder Moussa Sissoko now playing for Spurs, missed their best chance straight after Shelvey's dismissal as keeper Hugo Lloris denied Dwight Gayle with a fine save.

Harry Kane, last season's top scorer in the Premier League with 29 goals, missed a sitter at the other end before Alli slid in at the far post and beat Robert Elliot with a fine finish.

The influential Eriksen and livewire Alli carved open Newcastle's defence with a lightning move 10 minutes later, presenting Davies with a simple finish from seven metres.

Kane should have added the third in stoppage time as Spurs charged forward but hit the post with only Elliot to beat.

Newcastle winger Christian Atsu said the temperamental Shelvey had apologised to his teammates after the game.

"That’s football," the Ghanaian said.

"He’ll learn from his mistakes. He’s upset with himself and thinks he let the team down. He apologised to everyone and we believe he will come back stronger."

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