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Marcus Rashford double helps Manchester United crush Chelsea

Marcus Rashford double helps Manchester United crush Chelsea

It was an very bad start for the new Chelsea boss in his first competitive game on the bench for his old club who struck the woodwork twice in the first half but paid for their defensive frailties as Anthony Martial and Dan James also scored.

However, as we've seen, it's impossible to draw conclusions from the opening game.

Yet, Chelsea steadied themselves as the first half wore on and should have at least been level by the break.

"When you know you made a mistake.", his tweet reads from 2014.

"There were lots and lots of elements to the game that I liked, there were four or five elements that I didn't like and they were fatal for us".

It may indeed have been a harsh scoreline for the visitors but for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United team with Harry Maguire, the world's most expensive defender, and right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka making debuts, it was a dream start to the campaign.

Marcus Rashford stepped up to convert the penalty but the talk will be about the second half where United plundered three goals in exciting style.

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In the first half Paul Pogba's display summed up the vacuum present in United's midfield.

"It's a great start for myself and obviously the team", he told Sky Sports.

That's about as good as it got for Lukaku at Old Trafford, but it was still a good season for United, who went on to finish second - even if they were still a whopping 19 points behind Manchester City. The team too, we were much better coming out of the back and that is something to keep going with in the coming games. Pogba was the creator again for the fourth as the Frenchman played a one-two with Rashford and powered through the Chelsea defence before laying off to James, who got the benefit of a big deflection to find the bottom corner.

The Red Devils completed a deal to sign the 26-year-old centre-half from Leicester City towards the end of the window after plenty of speculation linking him with a move away from the King Power Stadium.

Abraham crashed an early drive against the United bar and Mount then tested David De Gea with an effort from distance.

Abraham and Emerson struck the frame of the goal before half-time and Chelsea played some attractive football until United's powerful counter-attacking play exposed the away side's defensive weaknesses.

"I'm at Manchester. I have fun with my team-mates, I always want to win matches and I always give my best when I'm on the pitch".


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