Chelsea handed their biggest league loss since 1965!
Ole’s new season at the wheel had begun in the perfect way with a 4-0 victory over Chelsea managed by Frank Lampard. Rashford bagged a brace with Martial and Daniel James also finding their way onto the score-sheet. Despite being the better side for an hour of the match, the Blues failed to convert their opportunities and switched off at the back. It’s not the start they wanted in the Frank Lampard era but nonetheless they showed promising signs.
1. Result doesn’t reflect the real picture.
Like a story, there’s more than one side to a score line. The result paints a picture that United destroyed Chelsea across the pitch. However, the game portrayed a different version. For the first hour, Lampard’s men were on top; running the show in the midfield, creating numerous opportunities going forward and solid at the back. United were good in patches and capitalized on their opportunities converting 4/5 shots on target into goals. Despite the victory, old traits from last season were still evident particularly with their midfield for the majority of the match.
2. New hope for United.
An embarrassment. Non-existent. Woeful. Shambolic.
That was the state of United’s defense last season. They addressed this issue by signing Harry Maguire who’s now the world’s most expensive defender and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The pair impressed on their debut, putting in a great performance and helped their side claim a clean sheet. Maguire was the standout with the most clearances and interceptions, 86% passing accuracy and was dribbled past no one. They may have overpaid for the English pair but the investment is already starting to pay off.
3. Punished for errors.
The situation at Chelsea is something that’s been coming for a long time. The departure of Eden Hazard who was the heart and soul of the club, a transfer ban, another manager walking away and not to mention David Luiz’s deadline day move to London rivals Arsenal.
Now with club legend Frank Lampard at the helm, the task ahead is a difficult mountain to climb and certainly one that will take time. Chelsea have the best academy in Europe and now they’ve been forced to implement the youth rather than loaning them out. The Blues fielded a young side with the likes of Mount, Christensen, Zouma and Abraham who will play a major contribution in the season ahead. Despite the promising performance, the lack of experience was exposed as United punished them for their mistakes.
4. Chelsea taste their own medicine.
The Red Devils gave Chelsea a taste of their own medicine; the deadly counter attack. The fourth goal was a prime example. It’s the start of something beautiful for Manchester United. Well, fans can only hope.
Manchester United travel to Wolverhampton to take on Wolves in a tricky assignment. For Chelsea, it’s the European Super Cup against Liverpool. If Lampard’s men managed to turn things around and win that, it would be a huge statement moving forward.
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