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Man United thrash Chelsea 4-0 in Premier League opener

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Manchester United crushed rivals Chelsea 4-0 to hand Frank Lampard a nightmare start to life as a Premier League manager.

For his first game as an English top-flight coach, Lampard actually got off to a bright start at Old Trafford. While the scoreline might not suggest it, Chelsea were stronger than United before the break.

The Blues were, perhaps, unlucky not to score when Tammy Abraham and Emerson Palmieri both hit the post. Meanwhile, Ross Barkley’s effort forced David de Gea to pull off a critical save.

Lampard’s men were cruelly made to pay for this as Marcus Rashford’s early penalty ensured United of a half-time lead.

One key reason for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side retaining a clean sheet may have come down to Harry Maguire. The record £80m signing started in the defence and helped keep the hosts composed in an error-prone first-half.

Anthony Martial, back in his No.9 jersey, then doubled United’s lead after the break. They caught out Chelsea on the break, with Andreas Pereira’s cross enabling the Frenchman to fire home a goal.

But the Red Devils were far from finished as Paul Pogba brushed aside a lacklustre first-half performance to clip a ball over Cesar Azpilicueta for Rashford to smash home for a third goal.

Substitute Daniel James, who replaced Pereira, then rounded things off in the final nine minutes. The Welsh winger’s deflected effort saw the ball go past Kepa Arrizabalaga to complete a memorable 4-0 win for United.

Incidentally, it was the club’s biggest win over Chelsea since the 1994 FA Cup final. They also hadn’t beaten the London club at Old Trafford by such a huge scoreline since 1965.

Now, United will ready themselves for their next Premier League game away to Wolves on August 19.

While it’s back to the drawing board for Lampard as he tries to move on from a 4-0 defeat on his debut. With Liverpool coming up in a UEFA Super Cup clash on Wednesday, he will have his work cut out to turn things around in such a short space of time.

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