Chelsea boss Frank Lampard frustrated after heavy loss at Manchester United

Ross Houston
August 12, 2019

"It was the first game of the season at Old Trafford, so there were few nerves in the first half".

It was an very bad start for the new Chelsea boss in his first competitive game on the bench for his old club who struck the woodwork twice in the first half but paid for their defensive frailties as Anthony Martial and Dan James also scored.

David de Gea was forced into a fine save with his feet to deny Ross Barkley before left-back Emerson Palmieri also blasted off the inside of the post.

Solskjær said: "We've signed three fantastic boys, three fantastic personalities and we are delighted with them".

But the game turned decisively in United's favour when, after a Rashford led counter-attack, Martial bundled in a low cross from Andreas Pereira.

It was not until the second half, with Chelsea chasing the game, that the qualities of Rashford, Martial and Pogba truly came to the fore.

"Dan has made a great impact and it is the best feeling ever scoring a goal in front of the Stretford End, you can't beat that". He pinged over a pinpoint ball to Rashford to make it 3-0, then surged towards goal and slotted in Daniel James for the fourth.

Paul Pogba was key to United's second-half performance after setting up Rashford's second and a debut goal for James after a driving run through midfield. Martial's goal was a typical number nine goal, that's where I want him [close in] and he knows that. "I don't mind if he drifts wide once in a while and tries a curler but [the middle is] where the number nines get the goals". "We moved it nicely second half and our front three are so risky on the break", added the centre-half.

Frank Lampard's team were bright in passages but Chelsea's manager was left bemoaning a lack of focus.

Head coach Lampard said: "We were clearly the better team for 45 to maybe 60 minutes".

"We made four mistakes and they put them away".

"Coming into half-time we were a bit lucky". It wasn't a 4-0 game for long periods but we need to accept it. "At the same time, it was nowhere near a 4-0".

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's name reverberated around Old Trafford as this new-look United side dug deep, rode their luck and showed there may be good times ahead. "He didn't like the performance - is that what he said?" That's a tad harsh, but he gave away a penalty kick, looked all over the place positionally and the pace of Marcus Rashford was too much for him to handle.

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