Manchester United coach Ole Gunner (left) and Chelsea new manager Frank Lampard. (PHOTO/COURTESY).
Manchester United gave Chelsea new manger Frank Lampard a night to forget after putting an excruciating four past an unfortunately stubborn Chelsea.
Chelsea started the match with furious statements when academy boy Tammy Abraham insulted the crossbar in the 4th minute.
The academy squad continued to turn the away ground their own with several other threats from James Mount and Pedro Rodriguez but failed to convert chances until Marcos Rushford sneaked into the Chelsea box only to be spooned down by Kurt Zouma for a penalty in the 18th minute. Rushford put the initially-coward side ahead but Chelsea kept on the pressure on Ole Gunner’s side.
The expensively assembled United then utilised the counter-attacks as Rushford again made it two after a run that started with new boy Harry Maguire depossesing Tally Abraham in the 68th minute before Anthony Martial added another one two minutes later.
The home side introduced debut boy Daniel James who made it four in the 81st minute.
Not even the introduction of World Cup winner Nkolo Kante for Jorginho and Oliver Giroud for Tally Abraham could summon the Chelsea fans on their feet.
The results now expose Lampard’s side which has lost three key members since the league ended in former coach Maurizio Sarri, playmaker Eden Hazard and towering defender David Luiz who made a surprise move to rival Arsenal.
The win lifts Manchester United to 2nd place with Chelsea dropping to relegation zone at 19th.
History could repeat itself at Stamford Bridge as Lampard becomes the latest manager to fall out with a player before following up with a dismal performance.
Former manager Antonio Conte fell out with star striker Diego Costa after winning the Premier League. The following season, Chelsea performed dismally with no one to bring goals even if they managed to win the FA against today’s tormentors.
With Luiz out, Chelsea defense got more exposed and the managerial future of Chelsea’s highest goal scorer in their history could be in doubt especially with Chelsea serving a two-year ban in the transfer window.