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It was a nightmare start for Frank Lampard in his first game as Chelsea boss as Manchester United defeated the Blues 4-0 at Old Trafford in our opening game of the season.
It could have been a different scoreline if the Blues were clinical, but Lampard’s side hit the woodwork twice and missed a number of chances, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United side were rampant on the break.
United fans mocked Lampard following the scoreline and the home fans chanted: “Sacked in the morning, you’re getting sacked in the morning”.
However, Chelsea fans at Old Trafford applauded the team despite the heavy defeat, and according to Lampard, the fans applauded the players because they saw the team trying to do the right thing against Manchester United.
Lampard said: “What the fans want to see, and why they were clapping and very respectful at the end, was because they saw a team trying to do the right thing.
“The game went against us very quickly when the second and third goals went in, and that was the harsh lesson for my young team today.”
Lampard added: “We were clearly the better team for 45, maybe 60 minutes, but what was evident was we made individual errors that led to four goals out of their five shots. There’s the harsh reality for us.
“If we go in half-time 2-1 or 3-1 up, as we probably should have done, if we were more clinical ourselves and had maybe a stroke of luck here and there, the game would be completely different.
“What I felt on the pitch and in the dressing room afterwards, and although the players are obviously disappointed, there were lots and lots of elements of the game I liked. There were four or five elements I really didn’t like and they proved fatal for us.”