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Frank Lampard’s first competitive game as Chelsea boss will be against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
According to Arsenal legend Martin Keown, Chelsea boss Lampard and Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will both be desperate to get off to a good start as neither managers can afford a bad start.
Keown believes it can be difficult to recover in the Premier League if you stumble in the beginning.
Keown told Daily Mail: “It may be their first fixture of the season but do not underestimate how big of a game this is for Manchester United and Chelsea.
“It is a clash between two relatively novice Premier League coaches, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard will both be desperate to get off to a good start. Certainly neither can afford a bad start.
“If you stumble at the beginning, then it can be difficult to recover, and both clubs are likely to be competing with Arsenal for fourth.
“Solskjaer earned the respect of his players last season but then their form fell off a cliff. United won just one of their last seven league games under him.
“As for Chelsea, after a challenging week with David Luiz, Lampard will want to see his team hit the ground running. This represents a huge game for both bosses.”