Chelsea player ratings: Frank Lampard’s Premier League managerial debut ends in disaster, as young side are put to the sword


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It was an afternoon to forget for Chelsea and Frank Lampard as his Premier League managerial debut ended in a 4-0 defeat at Old Trafford.

The scoreline was harsh on Lampard’s men, who were good value in the game until the hour mark of the eagerly anticipated contest.

Manchester United ran rampant in the second half to record a 4-0 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford

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Manchester United ran rampant in the second half to record a 4-0 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford

In turn, United recorded their biggest Old Trafford win over Chelsea since 1965.

Marcus Rashford scored twice, either side of a close-range effort from Anthony Martial, before substitute Daniel James completed the scoring with a goal on his debut nine minutes from time.

So what did we make of the Chelsea players? Find out the player ratings below…

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Kepa Arrizabalaga – 5

Couldn’t have really done anything to prevent any of Chelsea’s goals on the day. However, his distribution at times was poor.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 4

Had a lot of joy early on down the right surging forward, but had a shocking second half. Was caught twice for United’s second and third goal which ultimately proved decisive on the day.

Kurt Zouma – 4

A day to forget for Zouma as he returned to the Chelsea starting XI following his successful loan at Everton last season.

He never recovered from a very shaky start, and was penalised for a clumsy challenge on Marcus Rashford which led to United’s opener from the penalty spot.

Kurt Zouma, right, had an afternoon to forget at Old Trafford

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Kurt Zouma, right, had an afternoon to forget at Old Trafford

Andreas Christensen – 5

He fared better than his defensive partner, the two-minute defensive collapse in the second half was avoidable and will be a real cause for concern for Frank Lampard.

Emerson Palmieri – 7

Looked threatening going forward. Had a shot rebound off the frame of the goal from close range. Also, had another strike palmed away by David De Gea in the second half.

Jorginho – 5

Not the worst Chelsea player on the field by any stretch of the imagination, but at the same time didn’t offer much.

Mateo Kovacic – 6

Was relatively calm on the ball, but Chelsea lacked any kind of urgency in the middle of the park, with the midfield in desperate need of offering some protection to the back four.

Pedro huffed and puffed but to little avail as Chelsea were thumped by United

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Pedro huffed and puffed but to little avail as Chelsea were thumped by United

Pedro – 5

You can’t fault the Spaniard’s work-rate, but at the same time it wasn’t his finest afternoon. Was uncharacteristically sloppy in possession at times.

Ross Barkley – 6

Barkley was having a decent game before being replaced by Christian Pulisic. The former Everton man forced David De Gea into a smart save in the first half before he was surprisingly replaced just shy of the hour mark.

Mason Mount – 6

A professional display from Mount, who enjoyed a bright start at Old Trafford. Some positive signs for the youngster to build on.

Tammy Abraham – 5

Was always going to be a tough task playing the lone striker role, especially at somewhere like Old Trafford. Was denied a dream start after having a attled the post after just four minutes.

Tammy Abraham, second left, had little in the lone forward role for Chelsea

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Tammy Abraham, second left, had little in the lone forward role for Chelsea

Substitutes:

Christian Pulisic – 6

A couple of nice touches on his Premier League debut, but failed to make any real impact.

N’Golo Kante – 5

Showed his worth with some great last-ditch tackling, but after that the midfield, yet again, was over-run by United.

Olivier Giroud – 5

Worked hard when he came on, but to no avail


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