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Lukaku shines in Manchester United debut, Spurs beat Newcastle

LONDON - Romelu Lukaku made a dream start to his Manchester United career by scoring twice in a 4-0 win over West Ham United on Sunday.

Lukaku, signed for 75 million pounds (97 million dollars) from Everton this summer, struck in each half to put United 2-0 up at Old Trafford.

Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba then added late goals to move United top of the table after the Premier League's opening weekend.

"To play for such a great club is a dream come true," Lukaku told Sky Sports.

"When you get to Manchester United, everyone has a job and mine is to score goals. Everybody did good today, it's promising."

Tottenham Hotspur took advantage of Jonjo Shelvey's sending off to beat Newcastle United 2-0 in the day's first match.

Dele Alli and Ben Davies scored after the Newcastle captain was shown a red card early in the second half at St. James' Park.

"We knew it was going to be a physical game," Alli told Sky Sports. "It's not an easy place to come.

"It was important we stayed professional and continue to do what we needed to."

Lukaku gave the home fans plenty to cheer about by smashing a shot off the inside of the left post in the 33rd minute to open the scoring.

He then headed in Henrikh Mkhitarayan's free-kick in the 53rd to make it 11 career goals against West Ham, his most against any Premier League side.

Martial padded the lead in the 87th minute and Pogba put the final exclamation point on the day from outside the penalty area.

"It was a really important game for us to start well with the three points," midfielder Nemanja Matic said.

"I am very happy for the team and we we will have more confidence going into the next game."

In Newcastle, Shelvey was dismissed for stepping on Alli's ankle and the Spurs midfielder got revenge poking a shot past keeper Rob Elliot in the 61st minute.

Davies then settled matters nine minutes later with a low drive from close range.

Newcastle, promoted after winning the Championship last season, didn't threaten until Christian Atsu's shot was saved by Hugo Lloris with 10 minutes left.

"The sending off changed everything," manager Rafael Benitez said. "He made a mistake. Hopefully he will learn from it.

"He has apologised but that changes nothing now."

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