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MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester United got their season off to a flying start by thrashing Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford scored a first-half penalty before Anthony Martial, Rashford and new boy Daniel James all found the net after half-time to hand Frank Lampard a nightmare start to life as Chelsea manager.

It was a scoreline that looked a long way off earlier in the afternoon as Chelsea enjoyed a positive first half that saw both Tammy Abraham and Emerson hit the post.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team still went in at the break a goal up after Kurt Zouma had given Rashford the chance to score from the spot. And United were clinical after the break, particularly during a 90-second period midway through the half which saw Martial and Rashford score in quick succession to put the game to bed.

There was still time for James to score his first United goal just nine minutes after coming on as a substitute to leave United second in the table after the first round of fixtures.


Right-back had become a problem for Solskjaer by the end of last season, but it looks like he might have solved it over the summer. It's still too early to make any kind of judgement, but Aaron Wan-Bissaka, a £50 million signing from Crystal Palace, made a very good start to his United career. He will have to improve going forward but, at 21, there is plenty of time for that. Defensively he was good, and there won't be many forwards going past him this season.


Midfield looks like a problem. Solskjaer started with Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay behind Andreas Pereira, and for a large chunk of the first half they were overrun. Marouane Fellaini left in January and Ander Herrera departed at the end of the season, and without replacements for either, United's midfield looks weaker than it was. It doesn't bode well for Fred that he didn't even make the 18-man squad despite supposedly being fully fit.

Manager rating (out of 10)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, 7 -- With an average age of 24 years and 277 days, the Norwegian picked the youngest starting XI of any Premier League team on the opening weekend of the season. Decisions to buy Harry Maguire and Wan-Bissaka look like good ones, and he was rewarded for his faith in Martial as the first-choice centre forward when the Frenchman got the crucial second goal.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best, players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK David de Gea, 7 -- Made a good save with his feet from Ross Barkley at the end of the first half and another at full stretch from Emerson after half-time.

DF Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 8 -- Solskjaer will want the 21-year-old to offer a bit more going forward, but he barely put a foot wrong when he was defending. One fantastic challenge on Barkley was greeted with a huge cheer.

DF Luke Shaw, 7 -- Jose Mourinho had had a veiled dig at the left-back from the safety of the Sky studio as a pundit at Old Trafford, but Shaw certainly wasn't the weak link the former United boss seemed to suggest.

DF Harry Maguire, 8 -- One of the key reasons United managed to keep their first Premier League clean sheet since February. Impressive debut after what has been a hectic week.

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DF Victor Lindelof, 7 -- Didn't get a chance to stride out from the back during a frantic game, but he was composed alongside his new centre-half partner.

MF Scott McTominay, 7 -- It's not easy to anchor the midfield when you're playing next to Pogba, but McTominay did his best. Justified Solskjaer's decision to pick him ahead of Nemanja Matic.

MF Paul Pogba, 7 -- Sometimes sloppy on the ball and careless defensively, but passes like the one for Rashford's second goal make him worth it. Wonderful vision and flawless execution.

MF Andreas Pereira, 7 -- Given the responsibility of sitting on Jorginho. Lovely whipped cross from the right to give Martial the chance to make it 2-0.

FW Jesse Lingard, 7 -- Spent most of preseason playing centrally but started on the right here. Played with lots of energy but looks more comfortable infield.

FW Marcus Rashford, 8 -- Shrugged off by Tammy Abraham before the Chelsea striker hit the post. Won and scored the penalty to put United in front before scoring the third from Pogba's pass.

FW Anthony Martial, 7 -- The new No. 9 missed a good chance early on after Kurt Zouma's sloppy past but did well to get in front of Cesar Azpilicueta to put United 2-0 in front.


FW Daniel James (for Andreas Pereira, 73) -- Scored on his debut. 7

FW Mason Greenwood (for Marcus Rashford, 86) -- N/A

MF Juan Mata (for Jesse Lingard, 86) -- N/A

In their first competitive outing under new manager Frank Lampard, Chelsea fell to a 4-0 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side failed to beat any top-six sides at home last season, but secured the three points through a Marcus Rashford brace and goals from Anthony Martial and Daniel James.

Chelsea began the game looking lively, holding a 4-2-3-1 formation well and making life difficult for United, who initially struggled to get in behind the visitors' midfield. Pedro and Emerson put in decent performances in a team of otherwise underwhelming ones.

Starting with the fifth-youngest XI of the Premier League's opening weekend, Chelsea showed a real lack of maturity. Kurt Zouma, so calm and confident on loan at Everton last season, didn't display such qualities in Chelsea's back four. The Frenchman looked clumsy and out of place, giving the ball away and recklessly conceding the penalty for Rashford's opener. Sloppy passing was a theme of Chelsea's play all across the pitch, with Ross Barkley, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic all guilty of losing possession.

Manager rating out of 10

4 -- In his first competitive game as Chelsea boss, Lampard handed a debut to academy product Mount, but his faith in youth proved detrimental. The Blues looked naive going forward, and the substitution of Pulisic early in the second half did little to change matters, while the introduction of Olivier Giroud came too late.

GK Kepa Arrizabalaga, 5 -- Had questionable distribution early on, giving the ball away to Luke Shaw. Could do little to save Rashford's accurate spot kick, or any of the goals for that matter.

DF Cesar Azpilicueta, 6 -- Showed a typical desire to get forward and contribute to Chelsea's attack, but didn't make much of an effort to challenge Rashford for United's third goal.

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DF Andreas Christensen, 6 -- The more comfortable of the centre-back partnership, Christensen cleaned up some of the danger United posed in the 18-yard box.

DF Kurt Zouma, 4 -- Gifted the ball to Martial in a dangerous area early on, and was lucky not to concede from it. Recklessly gave away a clear penalty in the 17th minute, the first time he had done so in his career.

DF Emerson Palmieri, 7 -- Unlucky not to net a first-half equaliser for Chelsea, smacking a shot onto the post from a narrow angle. Saw another powerful strike saved well by David De Gea early in the second period.

MF Jorginho, 6 -- Showed good vision to send Pedro darting through the middle. Led a late first-half resurgence from the Blues.

MF Mateo Kovacic, 6 -- Had a fairly quiet game and looked comfortable in possession without creating anything going forward.

MF Pedro, 7 -- Showed great awareness to flick a header on to Azpilicueta on the right wing, with Abraham almost netting from the cross. In the absence of the now-departed Eden Hazard, Pedro was the most lively and creative player in Chelsea's attack.

MF Ross Barkley, 5 -- Slowed the pace in the final third and gave the ball away near Chelsea's 18-yard box to give Rashford a chance. Substituted before the hour mark.

MF Mason Mount, 5 -- Making his debut, showed lovely interplay with Abraham on occasion. Found himself in a promising position on the 31st minute to shoot, but delivered a poor cross instead.

FW Tammy Abraham, 5 -- Crashed a powerful shot against the post early on. Got muscled off the ball too easily by United defenders, and lost a physical battle with Harry Maguire that led to United's second goal.

MF Christian Pulisic, 5 -- Came on for his debut, replacing Barkley in the 58th minute. Gave the ball away in a move that led to United's third.

FW Olivier Giroud, 6 -- Came on for Abraham in the 66th minute, by which time it was too late to get the Blues back in the game.

MF N'Golo Kante, NR -- Came on for Jorginho in the 73rd minute. Didn't cover himself in glory for Daniel James' goal.