Frank Lampard got his tenure as Chelsea boss off to the worst
possible start as Manchester United coasted to a 4-0 victory at Old
Trafford on Sunday evening.

Marcus Rashford opened the scoring with a quarter of an hour gone as
he won and converted a penalty. Two quickfire goals from Anthony Martial
and Rashford in the space of two second-half minutes then saw Ole
Gunnar Solskjaer’s men amass a comfortable lead. Summer signing Daniel
James came off the bench and made it a memorable day as he struck with a
debut goal to round off a fantastic day for the hosts.


Chelsea enjoy confident start

Despite United’s crushing win, it was actually Frank Lampard’s
Chelsea who enjoyed the better start. The Blues’ new no. 9, Tammy
Abraham, went extremely close to the opener early on as he spun away
from Rashford and saw his effort deflect off of the outside of the

However, a mistake from Kurt Zouma saw him gift the ball to
compatriot Anthony Martial but the forward could not get enough power
beyond his shot to beat Kepa as the goalkeeper made a low stop.

Rashford strikes from the spot

Despite United’s somewhat under-par start, they soon seized the lead.
Zouma again made a mistake as he clumsily tripped Rashford in the
penalty area and a spot-kick was awarded. The striker was the man to
step up and power the ball into the top corner to open his Premier
League account.

The 21-year-old thought he had a second as he fired home again soon
after but the offside flag was correctly risen and ruled the strike out.

Chances continued to be carved out for both sides and Ross Barkley
could have notched an equaliser as he found space on the left, drifted
in and forced a good save out of De Gea. Emerson then went extremely
close as he was picked out and thundered a shot against the post from
close range.

Tide turns in United’s favour

The Italian full-back had another effort following half-time that again De Gea had to stretch in order to palm away.

A chance was finally converted midway through the second-half but it
was not in the way that the visitors would have wanted. Andreas Pereira
whipped in a wonderful cross with Martial waiting patiently to convert
from close range.

As quickly as the Red Devils had finished celebrating, they soon had
an exquisite third. Paul Pogba produced a stunning lofted through-ball
to find Rashford. When one-on-one with Kepa, the Englishman finished
coolly low into the net to notch his second of the match.

Dream debut for James

The goals continued to come to the delight of the home crowd. Pogba
and Martial played a stunning one-two on the break, with the former
being released clean through on goal. He set the ball back, picked out
substitute James and the Welsh youngster fired the ball into the far
corner, albeit with the help of a deflection. That then rounded off a
stunning opening match victory for United.

Final Thoughts

This was certainly not the start that Lampard would have wanted
whatsoever. However, the scoreline probably was slightly unjust with
Chelsea actually performing pretty well. The Red Devils were brilliant
on the break and ruthless in front of goal though. They certainly
deserved their victory and will look forward to a clash with
Wolverhampton Wanderers next Monday. Meanwhile, the Blues turn their
attentions to the UEFA Super Cup clash with Liverpool in midweek.

Match Report

Manchester United: De Gea (7); Shaw (6), Lindelof
(7), Maguire (8), Wan-Bissaka (6); Martial (7), Pogba (7), McTominay
(7), Lingard (6) (Mata (N/A), 86′), Pereira (7) (James (7), 73′);
Rashford (8) (Greenwood (N/A), 86′).

Chelsea: Kepa (6); Emerson (6), Zouma (5),
Christensen (6), Azpilicueta (6); Kovacic (6), Jorginho (6) (Kante (5),
73′); Barkley (6) (Pulisic (5), 58′), Mount (6), Pedro (6); Abraham (5)
(Giroud (6), 66′).

Goals: Rashford PEN (18′, 67′), Martial (65′), James (81′)

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Yellow Cards: Zouma (36′), Lingard (48′), Jorginho (52′), Abraham (57′), Lindelöf (69′) , McTominay (80′), Kante (90′)

Red Cards: N/A


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