Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Three things learned: Man United v. Chelsea

Three things learned: Man United v. Chelsea

"The fitter you are, the more you can do", he said.

Nonetheless, fans are hardly concerned with where his loyalties lie now due to the convincing win over Chelsea but also because the English transfer window has slammed shut and it's hugely unlikely United will now sell without being able to bring in a replacement.

Rightly or wrongly, the young forward will be compared to Eden Hazard whenever he takes to the field as a Chelsea player, which is unfortunate considering that the Belgian nearly single-handedly carried the club to two Premier League titles and other major honours during his seven years at the club, prior to his £88.5m summer move to Real Madrid. He and Scott McTominay couldn't get on the ball and when they did, they lost it. Pogba's second half was superb.

"We had so many more shots than them and attacking entries and getting high up the pitch". "In terms of organisation, it is a bit more like how I play with the French national team". Further down the table, the newly promoted clubs and Brighton gave a taste of what's to come with courageous attacking play that led to 14 goals across their four matches.

But while the performance at Old Trafford was by no means as impressive as the result, there were a few key indicators that he is on the right track.

"We can't make unforced errors and mistakes at this level". His second visit as a manager was a bruising experience because he faced a home side that played with pace, energy and hunger. The boys have been working hard, but this is still the start.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men were in need of a fast start to the campaign to erase memories of a awful end to last season and got it, as Rashford's early penalty and three goals in 16 second-half minutes from Anthony Martial, Rashford and debutant Daniel James had Old Trafford in raptures.

"What's clear is the squad we've got".

And with nine minutes remaining, Pogba showed his quality again as he broke forward before releasing substitute Daniel James to score.

Lampard's first team selection was a bold one as he put his faith in youth with Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount handed starts, while £60 million signing Christian Pulisic was made to wait for his Premier League debut on the bench. For example, Pogba's long-range pass to Rashford to set up United's third goal - some 95 seconds after Martial had made it 2-0 - was the French midfielder at his best.

"He's a leader and with him, (goalkeeper) David de Gea and Victor Lindelof, they marshalled that back line really well". As for Lampard? He was shown the size of the task he faces.

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