The Carabao Cup clash between Chelsea and Manchester United is a battle of the young players according to Frank Lampard.
The Stamford Bridge boss Lampard, feels that both teams are full of prodigious youth.
Lampard’s side suffered an opening day humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of Solskjaer’s youngsters.
Both managers are undertaking a time of rebuilding and have opted to focus their efforts on homegrown young talent.
Lampard’s Blues are currently taking all the plaudits, with Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, and Fikayo Tomori grabbing the headlines.
But he is quick to point out that Manchester United has some pretty decent youngsters of their own too.
In an interview reported by goal.com, he thinks his opposite number has quality young players of his own.
“[Marcus] Rashford’s a young player. He’s got how many caps for his country?”
“[Axel] Tuanzebe went on loan last year and did fantastic in the Championship.”
“Dan James has come in and been a fantastic signing for them.”
“I think we’ve all got players with relative experience or not.”
“I think Man United have got loads of good players.”
Lampard does feel that his young players are benefitting from successful loan spell last season.
Two of his current crop were actually with him at Derby County.
“In terms of the loan system, there probably is some credit. The loans need to be the right loans, need to be the right clubs.”
“I was fortunate to have Mason [Mount] and Fikayo [Tomori] last year, they were good for me and hopefully I was good for them.”
“That’s how the loan system works at its best when you’re talking about players with really good potential.”
Lampard and Chelsea will be out for revenge for the thumping they took back in August.
While Solskajer and United will be looking to build on a recent resurgence in form.