The Frank Lampard era begins with a mouthwatering trip to Old Trafford, as the Blues legend takes Chelsea to face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
On Sunday, in the last game of the Premier League’s opening weekend, the two most successful English clubs of the past two decades, meet on the opening weekend for the first time in 15 years.
Manchester United failed to win any of their home games against the other ‘big six’ clubs in the Premier League last season, an ugly record the Norwegian manager will look to correct at the first time of asking.
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It's another nightmare error for David de Gea as he fails to hold onto the ball from a long range shot, allowing Marcos Alonso to clip the ball in off the post and draw Chelsea level.
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After a promising start to the Solskjaer era, the Old Trafford side limped to the finish line closing the season with just eight points from the final 27 on offer, their worst defensive record since 1978/79.
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Harry Maguire has been brought in from Leicester for a world-record fee to shore up a United defence that had the fewest home clean sheets in a league campaign for 56 years.
We’re proud to call you one of us, @HarryMaguire93 👊
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 5, 2019
Following the centre-back Harry Maguire into Old Trafford is full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka who has been impressive during preseason games.
Striker Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini, Antonio Valencia, and Ander Herrera have been allowed to leave. Strangely, no replacement forward has come in.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have sold David Luiz to London rivals Arsenal despite being embargoed from signing new players.
💬 "I’m here to give everything and to try to make this club arrive where it deserves to arrive – winning big games and big titles."@DavidLuiz_4 has a message for you all – and we reckon you're going to like what he's got to say! 💪
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 9, 2019
However, US national team star Christian Pulisic was recruited from Dortmund in January before the ban came into effect, and a clause in Mateo Kovacic’s loan deal from Real Madrid enabled the Blues to sign the midfielder permanently this summer.
That scenario has opened the door for some players to break new ground on Sunday. Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori could start for the Blues for the first time, while Pulisic and Mount may make their league debut for the Blues.
Man United v Chelsea: when, where
Referee: Anthony Taylor
VAR: Stuart Attwell
Stadium: Old Trafford
Suspensions: Man United – none; Chelsea – none
Injuries: Man United – Bailly, Fosu-Mensah, Pereira, Sanchez;
Chelsea – Hudson-Odoi, James, Loftus-Cheek, Rudiger