Daniel James celebrates ideal start to life at Manchester United

Marcus Rasford Manchester United 2019-20

Mourinho, who has managed both clubs, was speaking as a pundit on Sky Sports. He and Scott McTominay couldn't get on the ball and when they did, they lost it. Pogba's second half was superb. No Chelsea manager has had a worse debut since Danny Blanchflower suffered a 7-2 defeat against Middlesbrough in December 1978. "We trust in them", Azpilicueta said. "It is a reality check for us all". Further down the table, the newly promoted clubs and Brighton gave a taste of what's to come with courageous attacking play that led to 14 goals across their four matches. Had it been Hazard entering the fray, United would nearly certainly have assigned a player to shadow him closely, but they did not make any changes to deal with Pulisic because there was no need. This is a new Chelsea team going in a new direction rather than one trying to replicate what worked last season but with new players.

The outcome of the opening weekend of the Premier League season has seen legendary former midfielder Frank Lampard lamenting a nightmarish first competitive match as Blues chief.

The drama surrounding Pogba saw some fans claim he should be moved on and United are better off finding a replacement. "I give my all every time I go out on the pitch", he said. The boys have been working hard, but this is still the start.

"Let's be clear: with the injuries we have at the minute, with the fact we couldn't bring in players, this is going to be a work in progress to a degree". Meanwhile, the presence at the back of Harry Maguire, the world's most expensive defender at £80 million, made a huge difference to United's solidity, with right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka also improving the defensive unit. "With Maguire it can be a very good partnership".

Paul Pogba was key to United's second-half performance after setting up Rashford's second and a debut goal for James after a driving run through midfield.

Anthony Martial and Rashford netted in quick succession, before summer signing James came off the bench to score in the 81st minute of a dream debut. The debutant's goal, like those it preceded, was celebrated by all 10 outfield players as a group.

"He's a leader and with him, (goalkeeper) David de Gea and Victor Lindelof, they marshalled that back line really well".

Chelsea had the lion's share of possession and more shots at goal but were ultimately left reeling from their heaviest loss to United at Old Trafford since 1965. As for Lampard? He was shown the size of the task he faces.



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