New Chelsea manager Frank Lampard suffered the worst possible start to English Premier League management as his side lost 4-0 at Manchester United this afternoon.
The former Derby County boss put faith in the players which served him so well in pre-season but they were humiliated by a United side who have struggled in this summer’s transfer window.
It was almost the perfect start for Chelsea when striker Tammy Abraham took aim after four minutes but the post came to the home side’s rescue.
Manchester United were given a golden opportunity to open the scoring in the 17th minute when Marcus Rashford drew a foul from Blues defender Kurt Zouma and the referee awarded a penalty kick. Rashford stepped up to take the kick himself and made no mistake from 12 yards.
Chelsea responded to that early blow with Ross Barkley twice going close before an Emerson Palmieri effort struck the post just before half-time.
It was Emerson who again went close early in the second half but his strike was pushed to safety by home keeper David de Gea.
Manchester United then netted the second goal of the game when Andreas Pereira played in Anthony Martial to score from close range.
Two minutes later, it was 3-0 when the impressive Rashford rifled in a stunning strike from distance.
The Red Devils rounded off a comprehensive victory nine minutes from time when debutant Daniel Jones netted a fourth after a quick break upfield.
Chelsea return to action on Wednesday evening when they take on Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup.