United got off to a flying start as they crushed Chelsea in their Premier League opener, with goals from Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Daniel James.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggested in pre-season that Rashford and Martial will share goalscoring responsibilities and it was evident in this one as they both got on the scoresheet.
The Blues entertained in the first half but it was the Red Devils who went into the break with a goal advantage, thanks to Rashford’s penalty after he was brought down by Kurt Zouma.
Tammy Abraham and Emerson Palmieri struck the post on either side of Rashford’s goal, leaving the Blues reflecting on near misses.
Chances were at a premium in the second period until Anthony Martial (65) doubled United’s advantage from Andreas Pereira’s superb cross.
95 seconds later, Rashford took the lead beyond reach as Paul Pogba found him with a long range pass, and the striker brought down the ball before slotting past Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Pogba was involved again for the fourth goal as he combined well with Martial before driving into the area with three defenders around him.
The midfielder managed to lay the ball to Daniel James on the right side, and the new signing’s powerful effort deflected off Emerson’s calf and went beyond Kepa.
Despite the loss, Lampard would be pleased with his side’s overall performance as Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic showed glimpses of their talent.
For Solskjaer, he promised to instill young blood into Manchester United and play quick, attacking football, and his philosophy appears to have some legs.
What the managers said
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer:
“The second half was outstanding. We defended well in a shape and counter-attacked and were more composed on the ball. First half we hung in there and we were a bit lucky to go in at half-time 1-0 ahead.
“The fitter you are the more you can do. The boys are working hard, and this is just the start. The second half will give us loads of belief and confidence in the way we settled down and passed the ball around.”
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard:
“It was nowhere near a 4-0. Four mistakes for the goals, but we controlled major parts of the first half. We hit the woodwork, poor decisions in the final third, we should have been in the lead at half-time.
“There are loads of lessons for us. We are missing internationals and big players, but I don’t want to make excuses. The team we put out today was clearly competing in the game for long periods, but we made four mistakes and they were clinical in the way they put them away.”
United will resume action on Monday 19 against Wolves, while Chelsea fly to Instanbul for the UEFA Super Cup against Liverpool on Wednesday before hosting Leicester City.