Man United Put Four Past Chelsea At Old Trafford In Season Opener
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial

Man United Put Four Past Chelsea At Old Trafford In Season Opener

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Manchester United ran out 4-0 winners against Frank Lampard's Chelsea in their opening game of the Premier League season at Old Trafford.

A brace for England forward Marcus Rashford, either side of Anthony Martial's goal and a late strike by new boy Daniel James gave the Red Devils all three points against Chelsea.

The question on many lips before the game was how United would fair without Romelu Lukaku who left Old Trafford for Italian Serie A side Inter Milan.

But Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial made sure that doubters were reduced to a sizeable number with their sublime performances in the game.

It was Rashford who opened the scoring for United in the first half when he converted from the spot on 18 minutes after he was brought down in the box by Kurt Zouma.

Anthony Martial made it 2-0 in the second half when he turned home Ander Periera's cross 20 minutes after the restart of the second half.

Marcus Rashford put the game beyond Chelsea when he got his second of the game and United's third two minutes later.

The England midfielder lashed on to a sublime pass by Paul Pogba from United and kept his cool to slot past Kepa Arrizabalaga in Chelsea goal.

But it was substitute Daniel James who nailed the coffin when his deflected shot beat Kepa. The new signing had to cover a lot of grounds to receive a well-weighted Paul Pogba pass.

He miscued his first attempt to strike but still had a lot of space and time to control and shoot.

Although the scoreline shows a big win for United, the difference between both side wasn't really that much.

Chelsea, who were largely the better side in the first half of the game and could have gone into the break leading United by two goals.

Both Tammy Abraham and Emerson had their shots voice off against the woodwork, while Ross Barkley was denied a goal by David De Gea's foot.

Lampard's side created a few more chances in the second half but their inability to finish off those opportunities and United's clinical finishing at the other end cost them the game.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka was unbeatable at right-back, while Harry Maguire showed signs of why the Manchester club paid £80 million for his signature.

Chelsea will need to shake off this defeat before their UEFA Super Cup clash against Liverpool while United will be feeling a lot more confident going into their next Premier League game against Wolves.

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