Frank Lampard will get a baptism of fire in the Premier League as he takes his side to Old Trafford in a blockbuster opening weekend clash
Manchester United’s fixture against Chelsea at Old Trafford has been undoubtedly the standout clash of the opening weekend of the Premier League season.
After finishing a disappointing sixth last time around, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s task has been to lift the Red Devils back into title contention and after a strong performance in pre-season, the early signs are positive.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have been shackled by a transfer ban this summer but in the dugout will have club legend Frank Lampard, who will take charge of his first top-flight match, having replaced Maurizio Sarri in the summer.
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .
New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.
In the UK, the match will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. It can be streamed via Sky Go Extra.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League||Sky Go Extra|
Squads & Team News
|Position||Man United squad|
|Goalkeepers||De Gea, Grant, Romero, J.Pereira|
|Defenders||Dalot, Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Jones, Lindelof, Rojo, Smalling, Tuanzebe, Shaw, Young, Maguire|
|Midfielders||Pogba, Mata, Lingard, A. Pereira, Fred, Matic, McTominay, James, Gomes, Garner, Chong|
|Forwards||Rashford, Martial, Greenwood|
Manchester United starting XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, McTominay, Pereira, Pogba, Lingard, Rashford, Martial.
|Goalkeepers||Kepa, Caballero, Cumming|
|Defenders||Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Christensen, Azpiliueta, Emerson, James, Zouma, Tomori|
|Midfielders||Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Pulisic, Kenedy, Kovacic, Bakayoko, Mount|
|Forwards||Pedro, Giroud, Willian, Abraham|
Chelsea starting XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson; Kovacic, Jorginho; Mount, Barkley, Pedro; Abraham
Betting & Match Odds
Manchester United are 5/4 favourites at bet365 . Chelsea are on offer at 13/5, while the draw has been priced at 23/10.
Ahead of the opening Premier League fixture of the season, a home clash against Chelsea, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been content with the work his club have done this summer.
The Red Devils negotiated their six pre-season fixtures without a defeat, while the Norwegian has been content with the club’s transfer market.
Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James were all added to the club’s ranks, and though some critics have suggested that this has been not enough to lift United to the realm of title contenders, Solskjaer has been content to play the long game.
“It’s not about a quick fix. It’s about a longer rebuild,” he told the press on Friday. “It’s about getting the right players, the right people in, and it’s not time to suddenly, in the last three days of the window, change that attitude when you haven’t got the right ones, you haven’t got the right people, you haven’t got the right players, or you haven’t got the answers.”
Although United have traditionally been known for their storming finishes to seasons, there has been no team in the history of the Premier League quicker off the mark. From 27 opening fixtures, they have picked up 18 victories and averaged 2.15 points – a tally that no team with more than five seasons in the division can match.
Hoping to stop them in their tracks this time around are Frank Lampard’s Blues, with the club legend taking charge of a competitive match for the first time since making the summer switch from Derby.
Like Solskjaer, he will take a long-term approach with his team, though unlike his counterpart at Old Trafford, his philosophy has been forced due to a year-long transfer ban.
The former England midfielder, whose Derby side won a Carabao Cup tie on penalties away to United last season, wants his side to play a purposeful, high-octane brand of football under his guidance.
“I want us to train how we want to play, to replicate that, even if I don’t think you can turn the switch on and off when you play,” he said.
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“I want energy in my team. I want us to have possession of the round ball. We have players who have the quality to handle the round ball, but I don’t want it for possession’s sake. I want us to be an exciting team to watch so we can move the round ball through the pitch quickly and create chances.”
The legacy Lampard has built at the club combined with the difficult conditions he has been working under will surely offer him insurance against impatience from the stands, but a win at Old Trafford would be a great way to start.