Manchester United kicked off their new Premier League campaign in emphatic fashion after easing past Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford.

The victory for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side was secured by a Marcus Rashford brace and Anthony Martial strike, while Chelsea was made to pay for the woodwork twice. With a objective on his top flight debut, Dan James added additional gloss to the scoreline. CHRIS WHEELER from Sportsmail was at Old Trafford to rate both sets of players ‘ performances…

MAN UTD (4-2-3-1)

DAVID DE GEA 7

Took the captain’s armband and kept an impressive clean sheet with a little help from his bar and post.

AARON WAN-BISSAKA 8

Excellent debut. Got forward well and defensive highlight was a brilliant recovery tackle on Barkley in the first half.

VICTOR LINDELOF 7

Lindelof will only improve alongside Maguire and this was another confident display from the Swede.

HARRY MAGUIRE 8 

United’s £80m new signing settled in seamlessly on his debut. Commanding performance and let nothing past him.

LUKE SHAW 6.5

Hardly put a foot wrong. Another player who will benefit from being part of a better, more settled back-four.

PAUL POGBA 8 

Brilliant long-range pass set up the third goal and then broke forward from his own half to lay on the fourth for James.

SCOTT McTOMINAY 7

Picked ahead of Matic after an excellent pre-season and continued his good work at the base of United’s midfield here.

JESSE LINGARD 7

Full of running, as he has been all summer, including a blistering run past three Chelsea players early in the second half.

ANDREAS PEREIRA 6.5 

Started as a No.10 in Solskjaer’s 4-2-3-1 but switched to a wider role and provided the assist for the second goal.

MARCUS RASHFORD 8.5

Can he be the main man now Lukau has gone? Two goals and a superb performance would suggest he can.

ANTHONY MARTIAL 7.5 

Given the central role and his old No.9 jersey, he was a persistent threat and claimed United’ second goal.

Subs: Mata (for Lingard 86), Young, James (for Pereira 74, 7), Romero, Greenwood (for Rashford 86), Matic, Tuanzebe.

Manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 8

Dream start to his first full campaign as United manager. Has a clear idea of what he wants and it came to fruition here.

Scorers: Rashford pen 18, 66, Martial 65, James 81

Booked: Lindelof

 

CHELSEA (4-2-3-1)

KEPA ARRIZABALAGA 6 

Couldn’t be faulted for any of the goals as Chelsea’s defence disintegrated in the second half.

CESAR AZPILICUETA 5.5

Allowed Martial to get in front of him for the second goal and moments later lost Rashford for the third.

ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN 6

Recovered from a blow to the face from Pogba but will possibly wish he hadn’t as it all fell apart.

KURT ZOUMA 4.5

Had a game to forget. His errors included giving away penalty with clumsy tackle on Rashford and booked for foul on Pereira.

EMERSON 6.5

Struggled in the face of Wan-Bissaka’s regular forays upfield but hit the bar with one effort and had two more well saved.

JORGINHO 5.5

Didn’t live up to his reputation under Maurizio Sarri last season and will have to better than this to be a success under Lampard.

MATEO KOVACIC 6

Couldn’t stem the flow of United’s attacks as Chelsea fell away in the second half and conceded three times.

PEDRO 6.5

Typically energetic performance down the right but it counted for very little as United’s defence stood strong.

MASON MOUNT 6.5

Not the Premier League debut he wanted but never hid and was still trying to make things happen at the end.

ROSS BARKLEY 6

Looked lively in the first half and went closest to a goal, but he was the first Chelsea player to be replaced.

TAMMY ABRAHAM 6

Smacked the post with fantastic shot early on but faded after that as United came back into the game.

Subs: Caballero, Alonso, Kante (for Jorginho 73, 5.5), Kenedy, Giroud (for Abraham 66, 6), Pulisic (for Barkley 58, 6), Tomori.

Booked: Zouma, Jorginho, Abraham, Kante

Manager: Frank Lampard 5

Disastrous first game in charge exposed the challenges facing the former Chelsea midfielder. Difficult times ahead.

 

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Only had one big call to make and VAR confirmed that he got it right by awarding a penalty for Zouma’s challenge on Rashford.

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