United were irresistible
They certainly look like title winners and the gulf in class between the two sides was quite alarming to say the least.
Romelu Lukaku always scores against West Ham – apart from one game last season – so that was bound to happen as he bagged a brace.
But the final two goals, the Hammers pretty much gave up as terrible defending allowed Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial to wrap up the scoring.
On the looks of the first game, United are going to be there or thereabouts for the title come the seasons end and for West Ham, they certainly have work to do.
Jose Mourinho was certainly happy with the performance, while Bilic bemoaned the Hammers making mistakes – again – which led to their downfall. The boss has been drumming on about cutting out errors but his players seem to not be taking the hint about stopping them.
West Ham will have to improve against Southampton this coming weekend, of that there can be no doubt.
Hernandez needs a partner
Chicharito cannot play the one striker role like, say, and Andy Carroll or Diafra Sakho can do. That’s what he was tasked to do at Old Trafford and the Mexican couldn’t get the better of Eric Bailly and Phil Jones.
It didn’t help him that the Hammers kept on panic-hoofing the ball up to Hernandez and couldn’t do a thing with it.
In the second half, he had to go looking for the ball, he was that starved of possession and then he started popping up on the flanks. He looked better when he had Sakho as a partner but there is still work to do to get Hernandez more involved.
Chicharito’s work rate cannot be questioned, he ran his socks off all game, but he barely had a sniff of goal. For someone you want to be a 15-20 goal striker, he needs to be supplied and that never looked like happening at Old Trafford.
Masuaku has a stinker
Masuaku had the chance to stake his claim but he looked nervy from the outset, making a terrible clearing header which nearly led to Henrikh Mkhitaryan scoring.
From then on, it was one error after the next for the DR Congo man, who looked an absolute shadow of the one we saw towards the back end of last season. Why he was marking Lukaku for the second goal, lord only knows.
He was withdrawn with ten minutes to go to put him out of his misery after a really, really tough afternoon. Cresswell could reclaim his sport back at Southampton next weekend depending on his fitness and Masuaku has missed his big chance.
He had one bad game last season against West Bromwich Albion and bounced back well – in between injuries – so maybe he can do so again, if he’s given the chance.
Zabaleta the only bright spark
The Hammers defence struggled for the majority but Pablo Zabaleta stood out as someone who was not overawed.
As it shouldn’t have done – he is a double Premier League winner after all – and showed all the experience we expected of him.
He only really made one mistake and that was to concede the free kick that led to United’s second when Lukaku headed home unmarked.
Apart from that though – and the fact he had zero cover in front of him – the Argentine didn’t do too badly at all. For a 35-year-old, Zabaleta gets up and down the pitch brilliantly and Sam Byram should certainly be learning a thing or two from him.
It’s only the first game
Let’s pump the brakes – if you can – and remember this is the first game of the season against a team that is very likely to be fighting for the title this season.
United were as excellent as West Ham were poor throughout the game but there are still 37 more to go.
Next week will be a much better barometer when the Hammers take on Southampton at St Mary’s, a side who are expected to be in and around the same positions as West Ham. If Bilic’s side were to go down to a heavy defeat then, questions will certainly be asked.
If they lose 4-0 down on the south coast then the supporters will have every right to be concerned but at Old Trafford, with a squad that cost more than £600m? That’s a different proposition entirely.