Romelu Lukaku struck twice on his Premier League debut for Manchester United as Jose Mourinho's side made a confident start to their campaign with a 4-0 win over West Ham United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
But on a positive note, United clinched the EFL Cup and the UEFA Europa League last season, the latter of which ensured their entry to the UEFA Champions League, courtesy a 2-0 win over Ajax of Netherlands.
United and Lukaku's second followed minutes later and was a reminder of the striker's power rather than pace.
The Hammers kicked off the new campaign with a forlorn, four-goal defeat at Old Trafford, where a double-barrelled blast from their nemesis Romelu Lukaku and late goals from substitute Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba made it a nightmare start to the season at the so-called Theatre of Dreams.
Paul Pogba (Manchester United): Matic was terrific on debut whilst Mata, Mkhitaryan and Rashford buzzed endlessly behind Lukaku, but Pogba ran the show. The former Juventus man had a slow start to the 2016-17 season, after scoring just 5 goals in as many as 30 matches for the club.
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The 23-year-old used fantastic pace and impressive technique to regularly have a go at striking the target, but was unsuccessful. However, Arsenal and Liverpool could well have something to say about that, especially if the Wembley factor derails Spurs.
Lukaku, who scored 25 goals in 37 matches last season, will hope to take the Reds forward as they hope to clinch their first Premier League title since 2012-13, which was Sir Alex Ferguson's last.
After Rashford had left the right-hand upright shuddering with a curler from the left-hand apex of the area, Mkhitaryan released Martial to coolly tuck away United's third before Pogba swept in the fourth from 20 yards.
On this early evidence, United now have a focal point whose talents suit their desired style of play and one who can bring out the best of those around him.
He might have been able to celebrate his first league goal even sooner. Problems for West Ham.