Debutant 17 year-old James scores his first for his new club and he is celebrated by teammates
What a match! First half goal from Rashford in the 18th minute, followed by a 65th by Martial and another Rashford goal through penalty in the 67th, then an 81st by 17-year old Daniel James on his first game for his new club, was all Manchester United needed to start a brilliant season at Old Trafford before 75,000 supporters in their first match against old rivals Chelsea.
A whooping 4-0! With the massive win, Man U is second on the table behind another arch-rival and neighbor, Manchester City, which leads with a goal difference of one, having mauled West Ham 5-0 yesterday.
It was a bad start for Frank Lampard, new Chelsea manager. It also posed another challenge in a different contest. For both managers, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Lampard are former players of the teams now under their care.
The season has just started, so it may be too early to judge, but analysts wondered why Lampard had to make a change at 3-0 down by taking take off his defensive midfielder Jorginho and bring on N’Golo Kante
Martial pumps in the second goal and two-goal scorer, Rashford celebrates. All Pix by Reuters and Getty Images
“As well as being the joint-heaviest managerial defeat of his career so far, Frank Lampard has suffered the heaviest defeat by a Chelsea manager in their first game in charge since Danny Blanchflower lost 7-2 at Middlesbrough in December 1978.” Said Opta Joe in a tweet.
In an earlier encounter, Aubameyang scores winner for Arsenal at Newcastle while
Wolves have goal ruled by VAR in 0-0 draw at Leicester.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, Tells Sky Sports: “Four mistakes for the goals. We have to be self-critical for that. We controlled the first half hour but made some poor decisions. We should be in the lead at the break. It is easier for them to play at 2-0 3-0. I can’t look at it and be happy.
“They have pace and if you turn over the ball and allow them to run in behind you they can hurt you. We were comfortable in the first half. But there are lessons there. You can’t make mistakes at this level. But if you look at the game, it is not a 4-0 game.