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Jose Mourinho was being characteristically weird after the Premier League’s opening weekend by pretending to actually be a nice person.
Mourinho has complimented Alexandre Lacazette, as well as every other striker who scored on their debuts for their respective teams during the opening weekend.
“[Lukaku] is playing well, he is working hard. He likes the team and the team likes him,” he said.
“Any striker can play phenomenally hard but if he doesn’t score goals the pressure is on them.
“So good for him, good for Wayne Rooney, Lacazette, Morata – good for all the strikers arriving in new clubs and scoring in the first days.
“But Romelu knows me well. He knows sometimes strikers can play very well for the team without scoring goals.
“He knows from me there is no pressure at all. But today he was good, very effective.”
The Manchester United manager’s kind words came just after he’d been talking about Romelu Lukaku, who scored a brace for the Red Devils during his first competitive game against West Ham.
Alvaro Morata also scored against Burnley. Not that it mattered because Burnley beat Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge after going 3-0 ahead in the first half.
Wayne Rooney found the net for boyhood club Everton against Stoke, which was the Toffees’ only goal of the game.
Lacazette’s goal came just two minutes after kick-off against Leicester and the 26-year-old was brilliant throughout the seven-goal thriller, which had the neutrals out of their seats and Gooners hiding behind theirs.
Despite this, however, we all know Mourinho realises what a force his United team could be this season if they continue. While it’s only been one match, they won by a four-goal margin, the highest of any of the other teams, and did look the most convincing on the day.
Granted, West Ham looked poor. Really poor. And a lot can and will change. But Leicester aren’t exactly world beaters, no matter what their 2015/16 title win might indicate.
With the league’s best strikers, old and new, banging in the goals, it promises to be an exciting season.