Frank Lampard chelsea Manager said his team didn’t deserve to lose 4-0 to Manchester United as his reign got off to a woeful start on Sunday.
It was a chastening result for new Chelsea manager after the club’s record goalscorer took over reigns of chelsea from Maurizio Sarri in the close-season.
Lampard suffered the heaviest defeat by a Chelsea boss in their first game since Danny Blanchflower lost 7-2 at Middlesbrough in December 1978.
Marcus Rashford put Manchester United ahead with a penalty after Chelsea had hit the post through Tammy Abraham.
Emerson also struck the woodwork before the interval, but Rashford, Anthony Martial and Daniel James netted after half-time to leave Lampard frustrated.
The manner of Chelsea’s second-half surrender will raise questions about former England midfielder Lampard, who has just one season of managerial experience at second-tier Derby.
But he insisted the result was harsh on Chelsea because they controlled the game for long periods.
“Four mistakes for the goals, let’s get that out straight away because we have to be self-critical about that,” Lampard said.
“But other than that, for 60 minutes we controlled the game. It wasn’t a 4-0 game for long periods but we need to accept it.
“At half-time, we should be in the lead. Then all of a sudden the second and third goals, two mistakes, and it’s much easier for them.”
Chelsea were without injured stars Callum Hudson-Odoi and Antonio Rudiger, while France midfielder N’Golo Kante was only fit enough to come off the bench.