Chelsea’s first competitive game under Frank Lampard ended in a frustrating 4-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The Blues started quickly and came close to taking the lead inside the opening five minutes through Tammy Abraham, but his powerful strike crashed off the post.
United were then ahead just shy of the 20 minute mark, when Marcus Rashford was clumsily fouled in the area by Kurt Zouma, and the forward converted emphatically from the spot.
Emerson was the next Chelsea player to strike the frame of the goal as his close-range effort rattled off the bar as the Blues pushed for an equaliser.
Lampard’s side continued to look good on the ball but poor defensively in the second-half, and two quick counter-attacking goals from United in the space of two minutes emphasised that.
Harry Maguire hauled Abraham to the ground just outside the United area to spark the move for the first, and a fine break was finished off by Anthony Marital, who converted a fine cross from Andreas Pereira.
Almost immediately after the restart, more lapse defending from Chelsea allowed Paul Pogba to float a pass over the Blues’ back four for Rashford to race on to and slot past Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Daniel James had a debut to remember as his deflected effort added a fourth for United with little over 10 minutes remaining to cap what was a miserable first competitive outing for Lampard.
Despite the scoreline, the Blues did play well for large periods of the game, but ultimately their defensive frailties were exposed by a clinical United side.
Here’s how we rated Chelsea’s performance.
Kepa Arrizabalaga - 6
Perhaps could have done better with United’s second if we’re being hyper-critical, otherwise there was little the Spaniard could do to prevent the other three.
Cesar Azpilicueta - 5
Was caught napping by Martial for the second and Rashford for the third goal, as appeared to struggle to contain United’s attacking threat.
Andreas Christensen - 6
Looked nervous throughout and will need to work on his partnership alongside Zouma in the absence of Antonio Rudiger.
Kurt Zouma - 5
Not the return to competitive action in a Chelsea shirt that Zouma would have hoped for. Had a nightmarish first-half which included a clumsy foul on Rashford for the penalty. Improved slightly in the second-half but a game to forget for the Frenchman.
Emerson - 7
One of Chelsea’s better performers on the day and he looked the Blues’ biggest goal threat with a number of powerful efforts on target.
Jorginho - 6
Made a number of defensive interceptions as United looked to work the ball around the area in the first-half, and looked good in possession in periods. Was substituted for N’Golo Kante with 15 minutes remaining.
Mateo Kovacic - 6
Had a relatively solid of the game alongside Jorginho and was good during Chelsea’s periods of possession. The absence of a fully fit Kante was evident for all to see, though.
Pedro - 5
He worked hard as usual, but his quality on the ball was severely lacking. Gave the ball away numerous times throughout.
Mason Mount - 6.5
Certainly didn’t look out of place despite the result, and always looked to create something going forwards. A baptism of fire for the playmaker, but still a relatively positive performance.
Ross Barkley - 6
Another who always looked to drive forwards and was bright for periods of the game. Was unlucky to be taken off in the second-half.
Tammy Abraham - 6
Almost had the ideal start to his career as Chelsea number nine but his effort struck the post. Some of his hold-up play was good but he faded as the game went on. Was marshalled expertly by Maguire throughout.
Christian Pulisic - 6
Looked bright after coming off the bench but ultimately didn’t have much of an impact on the game.
Olivier Giroud - 5
Replaced Abraham moments before United’s third and had little to feed off.
N'Golo Kante - 5
Looked off the pace, understandably so as he continues his recovery from injury, and was booked for a late challenge on James.
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