Report and highlights as Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Daniel James find the target in impressive opening-day win
Last Updated: 11/08/19 6:46pm
Manchester United inflicted a harsh lesson on Frank Lampard in his first Premier League assignment as Chelsea manager with a 4-0 victory at Old Trafford on Renault Super Sunday.
Marcus Rashford opened United’s account from the penalty spot on 18 minutes, but Chelsea struck the woodwork twice through Tammy Abraham and Emerson Palmieri before the end of a promising first half.
Chelsea had more chances and more possession but a combination of wastefulness in front of goal and defensive errors cost them dear, as Anthony Martial doubled United’s lead and Rashford doubled his tally in the space of two second-half minutes.
Summer signing Daniel James came off the bench to complete the rout for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, who were guided to a first clean sheet of the season by assured performances from Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka on their Premier League debuts for the club.
How rampant United overran Chelsea
Speculation was rife ahead of kick-off as to how Lampard’s Chelsea’s would shape up, but by the time Abraham’s piledriver had struck the post inside four minutes there was complete and utter clarity – Chelsea were here to attack.
What wasn’t in the Chelsea game plan, though, was to undermine their positive start with defensive errors, with Kurt Zouma the main culprit as his stray pass across the box found Martial, who fired tamely at Kepa Arrizabalaga seven minutes in.
Zouma got away with his first lapse but his second was punished. After referee Anthony Taylor played a brilliant advantage after a foul on Andreas Pereira, the Frenchman needlessly brought Rashford down, presenting the United striker with a penalty which he dispatched ruthlessly into the top corner.
Chelsea pushed for an equaliser before the break as Ross Barkley’s low drive was saved by the legs of David de Gea. And when a defensive lapse between Victor Lindelof and Wan-Bissaka saw an aimless cross find Emerson in space at the back post, the woodwork came to United’s rescue for the second time as the full-back’s near-post drive cannoned off the bar.
Emerson stung De Gea’s palms early in the second half as Chelsea picked up from where they had left off in the first, but their challenge unravelled when raced with a rampant spell from United.
Martial was given all the time and space in the world to bundle United’s second home from Pereira’s whipped cross on 65 minutes, and two minutes later Paul Pogba’s exquisite pass released Rashford in behind for his second, which he calmly slotted away.
Pogba and Martial then linked up brilliantly to release James through on goal and the 21-year-old marked his Premier League debut with a clinical finish into the bottom corner that sealed a perfect start to the season for United and underlined the scale of the task in front of Lampard.
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