recorded their biggest win over since 1965 to condemn Frank Lampard to a miserable start as a manager.

Marcus Rashford scored twice, either side of a close-range effort from Anthony Martial, who had been given the number nine shirt back following the sale of Romelu Lukaku to .

Substitute Daniel James completed the scoring with a goal on his debut nine minutes from time.

The final scoreline was harsh on the visitors, who were the better side before the break and hit the frame of the goal through Tammy Abraham and Emerson.

But the ecstatic home supporters did not care about that at the end as the negativity of a difficult summer was swept away by their best result against since the 1994 FA Cup final.

An £80m introduction

United had to pay Leicester £80m – and make Harry Maguire the most expensive defender ever – to land manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s number one summer transfer target.

Maguire’s England team-mate Rashford may grab the plaudits with his brace but the Yorkshireman’s authoritative performance underlined why his new boss wanted him above getting the big name midfield or striking reinforcements so many United fans have demanded on social media.

His calmness under pressure helped ensure that when the home side looked shaky in the first half they did not add to their concerns with self-iicted mistakes.

Maguire was happy to keep it simple in possession and push the ball on to when he could, and had the awareness to spot team-mates in trouble, something former United boss Jose Mourinho rather churlishly said on TV might be frequently needed in the case of Luke Shaw.

The game was still in the balance when Maguire stepped up to challenge Abraham on the edge of the United box. Maguire calmly took possession, leaving Abraham on the floor in the process, and strode away, setting in motion the attack that ended with Martial bundling home.

Risky strategy

Lampard went for an early morning run around to prepare for his debut as manager.

The Blues’ record goal-scorer has made some bold decisions already, despite being barely a month into his new job.

He has picked seven home-grown players in his squad: the four in action against United – Abraham, Mason Mount, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori – the currently injured duo of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi, and promising defender Reece James.


It is an unprecedented number for the Roman Abramovich era. But, while it is the philosophy of promoting youth from within that ’s fans have wanted, it comes with risk.

For every powerful fourth-minute shot from Abraham that thunders off the inside of a post, there is the moment Mount had when, presented with a shooting opportunity from an angle on the right of the United box, the 20-year-old elected for a cut-back, which ran disappointingly through for new United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Given that investment in youth, this summer’s transfer ban and the departure of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid, Lampard took a brave decision to sell David Luiz to on deadline day.

The ian may not be the most reliable defender but his experience is valuable and Luiz’s replacement on Sunday, Kurt Zouma, struggled badly.

He not only conceded the penalty but was also caught out of position and gave away possession, both expensive mistakes in an era when top teams routinely build from the back.

’s inability to stem the flow of goals in the second half will be a major concern for Lampard, whose name was still being sung heartily by the visiting fans at the end.

More to follow.


Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 5Maguire
  • 2LindelöfBooked at 69mins
  • 23Shaw
  • 39McTominay
  • 6Pogba
  • 14LingardBooked at 48minsSubstituted forMataat 86′minutes
  • 15PereiraSubstituted forJamesat 74′minutes
  • 10RashfordSubstituted forGreenwoodat 86′minutes
  • 9MartialBooked at 80mins


  • 8Mata
  • 18Young
  • 21James
  • 22Romero
  • 26Greenwood
  • 31Matic
  • 38Tuanzebe

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 4Christensen
  • 15ZoumaBooked at 36mins
  • 33Emerson
  • 5JorginhoBooked at 52minsSubstituted forKantéat 73′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 17Kovacic
  • 11Pedro
  • 19Mount
  • 8BarkleySubstituted forPulisicat 58′minutes
  • 9AbrahamBooked at 57minsSubstituted forGiroudat 66′minutes


  • 3Alonso
  • 7Kanté
  • 13Caballero
  • 16Kenedy
  • 18Giroud
  • 22Pulisic
  • 29Tomori
Anthony Taylor

Match Stats

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Shots on Target

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Corner, . Conceded by David de Gea.

Attempt saved. Emerson () left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Pulisic.

Foul by César Azpilicueta ().

Daniel James () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, . Scott McTominay tries a through ball, but Anthony Martial is caught offside.


N’Golo Kanté () is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by N’Golo Kanté ().

Attempt missed. Pedro () with an attempt from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Emerson with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Christian Pulisic () right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mason Mount.

Attempt blocked. Mason Greenwood () right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Wan-Bissaka with a cross.


Substitution, . Mason Greenwood replaces Marcus Rashford.

Attempt saved. Mason Mount () right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pedro.

Corner, . Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Olivier Giroud () wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Rashford () right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by .

Foul by César Azpilicueta ().

Marcus Rashford () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Olivier Giroud ().

Mateo Kovacic () wins a free kick in the attacking half.


Substitution, . Daniel James replaces Andreas Pereira.


Substitution, . N’Golo Kanté replaces Jorginho.

Attempt saved. Emerson () left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pedro.

Attempt missed. Kurt Zouma () header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Mason Mount following a set piece situation.


Victor Lindelöf () is shown the yellow card.

Mateo Kovacic () wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Pedro () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Emerson () wins a free kick in the defensive half.



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