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Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba achieved an impressive feat at the weekend… Usain Bolt would be proud

The big Belgian scored twice on his Man United Premier League debut but he also surprised the statisticians

Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku are the Premier League’s hottest new double act.

The pair have been friends for years and it’s clear the Frenchman played a role in the Belgian target man signing for Man United over Chelsea this summer.

United fans have been hoping their chemistry translates to the pitch and if the club’s first game of the Premier League season is anything to go by the Old Trafford faithful have reasons to be cheerful.

Paul Pogba leaps onto the back of Romelu Lukaku as the striker celebrates his second goal on his league debut for Manchester United

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A formidable duo

Jose Mourinho’s men utterly outplayed West Ham on Sunday with Lukaku scoring twice before late goals from Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba completed the rout.

Nobody has ever criticised Lukaku’s knack for scoring goals but a few doubters have lamented his work-rate, first touch and mobility.

If you are one of these doubters, prepare to be converted.

Out of all the players on display in the Premier League in the first game week, Lukaku was the fastest recorded player.

Romelu Lukaku had a league debut to remember for Man United

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Just call him Usain Lukaku

The ex-Everton target man was clocked at 21.5 mph at full pelt — not bad for a big lump up top, eh?

In fact, Lukaku was tied at the Prem’s fastest player at the weekend with none other than best mate Pogba.

OPTA stats have the United duo 0.1 mph quicker than Theo Walcott in second place.

Theo Walcott is Arsenals longest-serving player after a decade at the club

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Slow coach

For all the criticism of Lukaku, most of which stemmed from a viral video of his worst first touches, most teams will be fearful of coming up against United’s attack, spearheaded by the 24-year-old Belgian.

The performances of Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial (who scored and assisted after coming on as a sub) all indicated that Lukaku will have plenty of supplies behind him this season and must surely be eyeing at least 25 goals in all competitions.

Strength, speed, finishing… good luck to all defenders up against Lukaku in the coming weeks — you’re going to need it.