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Chelsea were well beaten by Manchester United as the Blues lost 4-0 at Old Trafford in Frank Lampard’s first Premier League game in charge as Chelsea boss but it was a game the Blues dominated especially in the first half.
A Kurt Zouma error which led to a penalty goal in the first half was a turning point in a game that Chelsea should have won. At the end, United got the three points and Frank Lampard’s side were disgraced at Old Trafford.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed new signings Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James for their performance against Chelsea – and Solskjaer put the result down to improved fitness levels.
He said: “The second half was outstanding. We defended well in shape and counter-attacked well. We can count ourselves a little bit lucky to go in 1-0 up, but then half-time came, we settled down and played well second half.
“The fitter you are, the more you can do. It’s as simple as that. The boys have been working hard, but this is just the start, we can still get some hard work in.”
However, Lampard admitted after the game that he was pleased with Chelsea’s control of the game and the intensity of our press.
Asked to specify what aspects of our performance he was pleased with, Lampard said: “It was the control of the game. We were intense in our pressure in the first half.
“For big spells they didn’t really get out against us. We won the ball back high in lots of areas, be it Mason or Pedro. I thought Jorginho and Kovacic dominated the midfield in the first half and switched the play as we wanted to switch it.
“But football is won and lost in the boxes. They won in our box by being clinical. We had so many more shots and attacking entries than them, and that was where we let ourselves down by not putting them away.
“It is quite hard to talk about it after a 4-0, you can sound stupid, but anyone who watched the game will have seen that. It gets overrided by the fact we gave them opportunities to score and they took them.”