England striker Marcus Rashford helped to deal new Chelsea coach Frank Lampard the worst possible start to life as a Premier League manager with a double as Manchester United recorded their biggest win at home over the London club since 1965.
Rashford netted twice either side of Anthony Martial’s effort, while substitute Daniel James made it four with his goal on debut for the Red Devil’s as they condemned Chelsea to their worst opening day defeat for 104 seasons.
Surprisingly Chelsea started the game the stronger of the two outfits with early pressure leading to Tammy Abraham sending his rocketing effort towards goal, only to rattle the woodwork, while Emerson also was denied by the post minutes later.
United’s opening goal of the season came from the penalty spot after Rashford was brought down by Kurt Zouma in the 18th minute. The England striker calmly regained his feet before sending the ball into the top corner and the back of the net.
With both teams looking a little rusty in front of the goal, Chelsea looked the most likely to score next, only for a mixture of inexperience in front of goal, the brilliance of United Keeper David de Gea and a number of defensive errors allowing United the chance to double their lead!
Confusion in the Chelsea defence allowed Martial the time and space to convert Andreas Pereira’s cross, only minutes before Paul Pogba’s brilliance released Rashford who netted his second as Chelsea suddenly found themselves three goals down.
With the clock ticking down, United ensured Chelsea would remember the day for all the wrong reasons as Pogba charged forward with the ball, before finding James who produced a clinical finish into the bottom corner to seal what any Manchester United fan would describe as a perfect start to the season.
Even with the emphatic score line, possible the best result of the day was the performance of £80m defender Harry Maguire who had everybody wondering how he would deal with the pressure of such a big move and the expectations that come with the huge price tag. The England defender didn’t disappoint as his man of the match performance leading the United defence showed as united boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said after the game;
“He's done exactly what we signed him for, his presence in both boxes, his composure and calmness on the ball, and he is a leader.”
Chelsea now have less than three days to turn it around before they meet Liverpool in the Uefa Super Cup in Istanbul on Wednesday, before they host Leicester City at Stamford Bridge next Sunday. For United they have a week to prepare for their Monday night game away to Wolverhampton Wolves next Monday.