Sport United, Tottenham make winning starts in Premier League

20:51  13 august  2017
20:51  13 august  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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Tottenham hasn't spent a penny in the transfer market this summer but still got off to a winning start Sunday. Spurs are the only team in the Premier League not to make a signing this summer but they are still looking likely title contenders, alongside United .

MANCHESTER, England — Two summer signings costing 0 million inspired Manchester United to an easy victory in its opening Premier League match of the season. Tottenham hasn't spent a penny in the transfer market this summer but still got off to a winning start Sunday.

Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku, second left, celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)© The Associated Press Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku, second left, celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

MANCHESTER, England — Two summer signings costing $150 million inspired Manchester United to an easy victory in its opening Premier League match of the season.

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Tottenham hasn't spent a penny in the transfer market this summer but still got off to a winning start Sunday.

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Tottenham hasn't spent a penny in the transfer market this summer but still got off to a winning start Sunday. Spurs are the only team in the Premier League not to make a signing this summer but they are still looking likely title contenders, alongside United .

Liverpool hosted Tottenham hotspurs in the Premier League game on Saturday evening at Anfield in a bid to win their first league game in 2017. Jurgen Klopp’s men made incredible start to the game scoring twice inside first 20 minutes thanks to Sadio Mane who finished off both chances.

Romelu Lukaku scored twice and Nemanja Matic ran the game from central midfield as United beat West Ham 4-0 in an ominous performance at Old Trafford.

United jumped ahead of Chelsea to sign Lukaku for 75 million pounds ($97 million) in July and the Belgium striker has already scored on his competitive debut — a consolation against Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup — and now on his Premier League debut.

The nature of his goals highlighted the impact Lukaku could have. The first came when he ran onto a through-ball following a quick break and slotted a finish in off the post in the 33rd, and the second was a header from a free kick in the 52nd.

Matic, meanwhile, was authoritative on his league debut for United following his recent departure from Chelsea, which looks increasingly like an ill-judged decision from the champions. He created the first goal by dispossessing West Ham's Pedro Obiang and sparking the break, and proved to be an impenetrable shield in front of United's back four.

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And both made winning starts to the festive period. Manchester United put in a dominant performance to defeat Newcastle 3-1, while Tottenham were Former Premier League stars Dwight Yorke and Ledley King among mourners at funeral for Ehiogu Tottenham coach died aged 44 after heart attack.

He could be one of the signings of the summer at 40 million pounds ($53 million).

Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba scored in the final three minutes of normal time to leave United top of the early standings.

Earlier, Tottenham beat 10-man Newcastle 2-0 away thanks to goals by Dele Alli and Ben Davies, with last season's runner-up only pulling clear at St. James' Park after Jonjo Shelvey's 48th-minute red card.

Shelvey was sent off for treading on the foot of Alli, an act that was even more foolish as it took place right in front of the referee.

Spurs are the only team in the Premier League not to make a signing this summer but they are still looking likely title contenders, alongside United.

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