Man Utd thump Chelsea at Old Trafford

Manchester United opened their Premier League campaign with a 4-0 hammering of Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.

New signings Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka made their debuts for United, whilst the Blues high-profile arrival Christian Pulisic started on the bench in Frank Lampard’s official first match.

Tammy Abraham provided the first scare to United when he found the post after three minutes from a threatening delivery.

The home side looked certain for the opener on six minutes, but Anthony Martial shot tamely at Kepa Arrizabalaga following a defensive error. United drew first blood from the penalty spot through Marcus Rashford who was taken down in the area by Kurt Zouma on 18 minutes.

The Blues grew in confidence 38 minutes in, as Ross Barkley brought the best out of David De Gea before Emerson struck the upright a minute later from five metres out.

United were pinned to their own half by the visitors after the break, with De Gea forced to keep out Emerson.

In an attempt to secure an equaliser, Pulisic officially made his debut for the Blues on 57 minutes, with Barkley making way for the United States international.

However, The Red Devils added a second on 65 minutes when Martial connected with Andres Pereira to lash past Arrizabalaga. United made it three inside a minute as Rashford broke the offside trap to finish past the on-rushing Arrizabalaga.

With the lead firmly intact, United introduced their first substitution on 73 minutes as Daniel James replaced Pereira for his Red Devils debut.

The visiting side were further shunned after 80 minutes when good work from Paul Pogba set-up James, who smacked into the bottom corner.

Chelsea looked for a consolation towards the end, but De Gea pulled clear giving Lampard a rude welcoming as the former’s boss.

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