United did not finish lower than third in the Premier League era under Sir Alex Ferguson, but since his retirement have ended seventh, fourth, fifth and sixth. Bakayoko has not and I saw him in the Champions League a year ago.
Lukaku had earlier ballooned a shot over the crossbar with the goal gaping but reacted smartly to steer the ball home after Matic’s effort had been parried by Keylor Navas.
“They are getting rid of players who are experienced and from who you know exactly what you’re going to get”.
“I think we played everything so we don’t lose this game”.
“We played against a very good side”.
“There is very rarely such big transfers between champions to clubs that are challenging them and it is a unusual move”. We are not happy that we lost but did everything.
Team-mate Ander Herrera is also desperate to hit the ground running against West Ham. He was good in some games, inexperienced in others.
“Matic has intelligence and experience of the Premier League”.
“I know it’s hard because it’s a European trophy and that’s important for the club”. To make matters worse, Moses himself is not available thanks to the red card he picked up in last season’s FA Cup final. “We want to create a dynasty”.
“You are not only improving United in defensive midfield, you are making Pogba better, [Ander] Herrera better. We have to rest and to be ready for West Ham”. “Now is our chance to fight for the Premier League and we have to do it as well”.
“They are going to be hard to beat”.