Soccer-United opening win "means nothing" yet says Mourinho

MANCHESTER, England, Aug 13 (Reuters) – The opening weekend of the Premier League season ended with an emphatic win as Manchester United beat West Ham United 4-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday but manager Jose Mourinho was wary of fuelling talk of his team as title contenders.

With new striker Romelu Lukaku scoring twice and another close-season signing, midfielder Nemanja Matic, making a dominating debut, the win appeared to give credence to United’s placing with many bookmakers as second favourites, behind neighbours Manchester City.

Mourinho played it all down, however, saying: “Last season we were also top of the league in the first match and we finished sixth so this means nothing.

“It just means we played well and confidence levels will be high and now our challenge is to keep these confidence levels,” added the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss, who is starting his second season at Old Trafford.

“We finished the season winning the Europa League and qualifying for the Champions League. We start the second season with a very good performance at home. We had many players on the pitch with a very good game. The fans have reasons to be optimistic.

“But for me, with years and years of experience in the Premier League, my feet are on the ground and I am

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