MANCHESTER — Jose Mourinho says he is “keeping his feet on a ground” notwithstanding examination his Manchester United group trounce West Ham on a opening weekend of a Premier League season.
Two goals from new £75 million striker Romelu Lukaku helped United to a 4-0 win during Old Trafford that left Mourinho’s side tip of a table.
It was United’s biggest opening-day win given violence Fulham 5-1 during Old Trafford in 2006 and Mourinho’s biggest joining win as Red Devils manager. United went on to win a pretension in a 2006-07 season, finale a four-year drought underneath Sir Alex Ferguson.
Mourinho, though, insists he is not removing carried away.
“We finished a [last] deteriorate winning a Europa League and subordinate for Champions League,” he told a news conference. “We start a second deteriorate with a really good opening during home. We had many players on a representation with a really good game. We have reasons to be optimistic.
“For me, years and years of knowledge and knowledge in a Premier League, my feet are on a belligerent and we am calm. Last deteriorate we were also tip of a joining in a initial compare and we finished sixth so this means nothing. It usually means we played good and certainty levels will be high and now a plea is to keep this certainty level.”
There were copiousness of positives for a United manager. Lukaku scored twice on his joining entrance for a bar following his pierce from Everton, while Nemanja Matic, a £35m buy from Chelsea, ran a midfield in a demeanour that done it tough to trust he spent many of a summer training alone during Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s 3-2 better during home to Burnley 24 hours progressing done Matic’s opening even some-more noteworthy.
Mourinho pronounced thereafter he had wanted Matic, who was named Man of a Match, during Old Trafford final season.
He added: “It depends on what is function or what was function behind doors and we don’t know.
“The usually thing we know is that of march with Chelsea income we brought him to Stamford Bridge given we suspicion he was a actor with special qualities, and given we left we always suspicion he could be a ideal actor for us, though we didn’t disquiet him, we didn’t disquiet Chelsea.
“I never suspicion it was probable unless something special was function and his representative told me we could have him and we were really happy with that. We have him and we are really happy. He was a actor this group needs.”
West Ham were one of a 10 teams who got a indicate during Old Trafford final season, a statistic that cost United any possibility of severe Chelsea for a title.
In a 1-1 pull in November, United had 8 shots on aim though usually scored once, while 6 on aim this time constructed 4 goals.
Lukaku has scored some-more goals opposite West Ham than any other group and took his total to 11 in 13 games with a double.
Mourinho said: “Romelu scored in a Super Cup, scored twice today, he’s personification good and he’s operative hard. He likes a group and a group likes him. Strikers can play phenomenally well, though if they don’t measure goals, a pressure’s on them.
“So we consider it was good for him to measure and for all a guys nearing during new clubs who scored goals on their initial games. It’s always oxygen, it’s complacency and certainty for them.
“Romelu knows we well. He knows infrequently strikers can play good though not score, though from me there will be no pressure. But currently was really good and he was really effective, with a initial idea especially.”
Rob is ESPN FC’s Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.
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