Manchester United hit Chelsea for four in Lampard's PL managerial debut
Manchester United got their Premier League campaign off to a flying start thanks to a 4-0 victory over Chelsea at Old Trafford. However, the scoreline certainly flattered Man Utd as their clinical finishing as well as Chelsea's bad luck and individual errors decided the fixture.
Chelsea, who were without Willian, dominated the opening 15 minutes and Tammy Abraham rattled the post after just four minutes before Pedro fired over the rebound. Martial then let Chelsea off the hook by shooting straight at Kepa after Zouma played a very risky pass, but Chelsea continued to dominate. Pedro made a great move in the 12th minute before Mason Mount's hit was nicely saved by De Gea after deflecting off Maguire. However, Chelsea fell behind five minutes later.
Kurt Zouma brought down Marcus Rashford inside the box and Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot. Rashford tucked the penalty right in the top corner and Kepa could not save it despite diving the right way. After that, United picked up and began to take charge for the next minutes or so. Martial hit over the crossbar after Barkley lost the ball in a dangerous area. Rashford then slotted home four minutes later, but he was offside. However, the last 10 minutes of the half belonged to Chelsea once again.
Barkley hit wide of the goalie's left hand post in the 35th minute. Then he was denied by a tremendous save by De Gea's foot after being played in by Pedro six minutes before the break and then Emerson found the junction between post and bar seconds later. Jorginho sent a looping ball in, Abraham tried to flick on and Emerson at the far post aimed for the near corner, but was denied by the woodwork. Chelsea were unfortunate to be losing at the break, but it would not get better for them afterwards.
Chelsea had a good first 10-15 minutes to the second half in which Pedro's curling shot from outside the D took a deflection wide and then Emerson saw his powerful effort saved by De Gea in the 56th minute. Man U then weathered the storm and 25 minutes from time, the killer blow was struck.
Abraham seemed to be fouled on the edge of the United box, nothing was given and Rashford countered, he then passed to Lingard and Martial also touched the ball before Pereira put a splendid cross in for Martial to tap home. VAR surprisingly gave it the all clear and seconds later, it was three. Pulisic was dispossessed from the kick-off, United worked a few good passes before Pogba played in Rashford who made no mistake.
3-0 clearly flattered the home side and with the game gone, Zouma headed a free-kick over the bar while trying to give Chelsea a consolation. However, things got worse for Lampard's men nine minutes from the end when McTominay cleared from his own area, Pogba then made a wonderful run before James ended the move with a shot which took a big deflection off Emerson which wrong footed Kepa.
Mount and Pedro then had chances in normal time before Emerson forced De Gea to punch away right at the end, but it was a terrible afternoon for Chelsea in their Premier League opener despite putting in a very good performance.
Chelsea did not deserve to lose by such a wide margin, but individual errors, bad luck and United's clinical finishing cost them dearly. The Londoners now go to Istanbul to face Liverpool on Wednesday in the UEFA Super Cup while United have a full week to prepare for their next league game at Wolves.