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Man Utd can score goals but are one injury away from the inadequacy of last season – Agree?

The dark cloud over Old Trafford appears to be fading. What does Man Utd’s 4-0 thrashing over Lampard mean for the Red Devils as they march on?

No honest Man Utd or Chelsea fan can admit they saw that coming. Despite Chelsea having moments of showing how they can find themselves in dangerous areas, the attacks were always snuffed.

Man Utd and Chelsea are in similar situations, both have a much weaker squad than they have done in the years gone by, both feel they are underachieving and both are managed by a club legend.

This occasion was truly boys versus men. Man Utd allowed Chelsea the arrogance to try and bring the game to the Reds on their home turf, backfiring 4 goals from 5 shots on target. Which leads on to the first key thing we learned from Solskjaer’s 4-0 win…

Clinical United

Romelu Lukaku’s departure from the club left many fans scratching their heads. Where on Earth was Manchester United going to get their goals from?

If Man Utd had just beaten Norwich, Sheffield Utd or Newcastle 4-0, with respect to those clubs, there would still be concern about how Man Utd will cope this season.

However, in a campaign where Man Utd are fighting for 4th place with Chelsea and Arsenal, the Reds have already sent one of them to the bins. With a fairly given penalty buried by Rashford, he continued to show how much bottle he has.

A real number nine goal for Man Utd’s number nine. It saw Man Utd play it out to the wing, whipped in across goal from Pereira and met in front of the net by Anthony Martial to make it 2-0.

Merely seconds later, a beautiful pass behind the Chelsea defence came from a quiet Paul Pogba, controlled and slotted home by Marcus Rashford. Challenging Martial for his striker spot.

Finally, a dream debut for substitute Daniel James. As Pogba drove forward, the Welsh speedster caught up to him on his right-hand side, was played in and buried it home.

Basically, Man Utd can score goals this season.

Ole agrees! Team selection

Man Utd fans worldwide disagree on many things, to the abuse of players, to the ownership to how nice the new strip is. But one thing they all agree on is that Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, and Nemanja Matic are crucial to why Man Utd will fail this season.

Be it silly mistakes, lack of quality or inability to keep up with the new style of play; Solskjaer gave none of them game time today.

It is positive for fans to see their club moving forward, after falling behind for so many years. It appears the concerns of the fans are also the concerns of Solskjaer and all are on the same page with how this Man Utd team should look, behave and perform. Unfortunately, the Reds are merely and injury or two away from having an inadequate squad.

‘Man United played so well. Big question is the sustainability of it’ Man Utd fans not getting to carried away with a 4-0 win over Chelsea

Solskjaer’s dream Premier League start comes in the form of his Man United side thrashing over Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.

Before the league started, Man Utd lost Ander Herrera and Romelu Lukaku. Surely you would expect fewer goals and fewer chances? Not yesterday. Solskjaer’s hard-working and high pressing Red Devils proved to be a nightmare for Lampard and Chelsea.

A fair penalty won and buried by Marcus Rashford saw the Red’s shaky start begin to stabilize. Despite Chelsea coming close to scoring on several occasions, the hard as stone Man Utd defence proved almost impenetrable. With one of the world’s best between the sticks just behind, Chelsea finished on zero.

Clinical, exciting and well-deserved goals also came from the new number 9 Anthony Martial, a second goal for Marcus Rashford, and a Premier League debut goal for the Welshman Daniel James.

Some fans on Twitter may believe the result was just a fluke. But can three well-worked goals, a successful game plan, and a rock-solid defence really have been by chance?

Although Man Utd looked fantastic in most areas in their 4-0 victory over Chelsea, fans are aware that Man Utd must keep it up. The squad is merely an injury away in a crucial position to have severe exploits in the team.

Some fans make the case that enough any other team thrashed Chelsea 4-0 there would be more credit being given.

Regardless, the feeling inside the Man Utd camp will be extremely positive after this great result. It proves that the business made has benefitted the squad and that Solskjaer’s philosophies and strategies are proving successful. But most importantly, that Man Utd are improving from last season.

Man Utd have 2 reasons why they should go for Chelsea midfielder

There are rumours of a transfer race for Chelsea midfielder, TiƩmouƩ Bakayoko and Manchester United are one team named as being interested.

Today at the Football Manc Cave, we are looking at reasons why Man United should advance on signing him.

The 24-year-old has found himself in an unlikely transfer race with Arsenal, Man United and PSG all monitoring him in the hope to get his signature. He’s had a shaky start in his career, especially at Chelsea as he found himself in a couple of red card situations. As you can imagine, that didn’t leave the best impression on the fans and other teams.

The Frenchman spent last season on loan at AC Milan after his disappointing spell at Stamford Bridge. It was there where Bakayoko improved which explains the sudden development of interest. The ex-Monaco player is now in pre-season training and being watched by new Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard.

So if he does decide that a change would do him good, why should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer go all out for him?

He Will Give It His All

This might be an obvious statement to make. All footballers who want to make it should be putting 100% effort in. However, not only will he be determined to get appearances, but he will also want to prove his improving form.

When he played for Monaco in the 2016/17 season, in an interview, he revealed how he had been suffering from a knee injury. He had been having problems since 2015, although he only addressed the issue in 2017. He said, “people don’t know but throughout the whole of last season, I suffered because of my knee. I had to grit my teeth in every match.” Now that he appears to be over this, I’m sure he’ll give it his all even more.

Champions League

Man United missed out on qualifying for Champions League football at the end of last season. Fans will be hoping for a better campaign this football season that sees the Red Devil’s end up back where they belong. If they do, Bakayoko is no stranger to the competition. He was with Monaco since 2014 and in the 2016/17 season, he contributed to their Ligue 1 title win.

As an individual, he was then named in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League squad of the season before he joined Chelsea for Ā£40 million. Let’s just hope he wants to be a part of a Man United side that wants to fight to be a part of Champions League football, rather than being put off by the fact they won’t be playing it next season.

OPINION: Should Gerrard jump ship at Rangers to join a sinking one at Newcastle Utd

We’ve seen Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to Man United, Frank Lampard to Chelsea. Is it possible to see Steven Gerrard go to Newcastle?

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard gave Rangers FC their best season in recent years after his first full season in charge. The chatter here at the Football Manc Cave is that he is wanted by Mike Ashley, to fill the vacant manager spot at Newcastle United left by his old boss; Rafa Benitez.

With Rangers having resurrected themselves from the financial blows of 2012, the future appears bright for the second best team in Scotland. With Steven Gerrard proving his managerial skills after only one year with the Glasgow club, he has instantly become a favourite at Ibrox Stadium.

Newcastle United are amid pre-season training without a manager following Benitez leaving the club at the end of his contract. Owner Mike Ashley is becoming frustrated with the lack of communication from potential Middle-Eastern buyer Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan, at a rumoured Ā£350million.

Fans of The Magpies are refusing to renew their season ticket due to frustration with the running of the club, Mike Ashley has become a villain in his own domain.

Decisions for Gerrard

Gerrard has two options in this scenario. He can continue his success with Rangers, building fantastic relationships with his squad, and push for a goal they are within reach of; challenge and overtake rivals Celtic.

Alternatively, the Liverpool legend could enter a club with an uncertain future, a fight against relegation and little to no backing from the owner.

It may be the case that Gerrard tests his skills in the Premier League once again in the near future. However making a name for himself by being successful at Rangers, who can offer him both domestic and European football, is the way forward for the Liverpudlian.

Crystal Palace could be getting a real gem from former Wigan Athletic loanee

Crystal Palace is linked with a move for Chelsea star Reece James, as they look to find a replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who signed for Manchester United in a deal worth Ā£50 million.

Today at The Football Manc Cave, Dan is going to look at what James would offer Palace.

I was lucky enough to watch James all of last season, being a Wigan Athletic fan. He’s the best player I’ve ever seen at Latics. Consider the fact he joined as a teenager that had never played a competitive match, then left after winning Player of the Year, captaining the side and dominating most of the Championship’s midfield – he did pretty well.

Big props to Palace’s scouts, not a lot of people realise how good James is going to be. I’ve no doubt he’ll play for England within the next 2 years, first-team football is crucial though. I expect Frank Lampard to give him an opportunity to showcase himself at Chelsea, if he does, Palace won’t be signing him. James is already good enough for Chelsea, versatile and just an all-around top player.

What makes him so good?

For me, it’s his attitude off the pitch. He never once thought he was too good for us, you could tell he appreciated what Wigan was offering him, and he loved playing for us. James attended academy matches, talking to our youth players about how they could improve.

On the pitch, he was just a different level. Strength, pace, set-pieces, tackles, passing, he’s got the lot. A joy to watch. He could play anywhere on the pitch and do a job. I hope for his sake, he chooses whatever is best for him. All he needs is first-team football, and he’ll fly to the top in no time.

Cocu must do these 3 things immediately at Derby County

Derby County has appointed Phillip Cocu as their new manager on a four-year deal, following Frank Lampard’s return to Chelsea.

The former PSV and Fenerbache boss has been without a job since last October, after being sacked by the Turkish club.

Derby identified him as a manager that would carry on that attractive, attacking style that Lampard adopted last season. The Rams were very enjoyable to watch, quick in transition and scored 69 goals last season.

I look at three things that Cocu must do ahead of August 3rd…

Phone Lampard & arrange some loan deals

You could argue that Derby’s three best players last campaign were Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Harry Wilson. All three were loans from Chelsea and Liverpool, because of the Lampard connection.

Without that trio, their side looks bare in terms of real ‘match-winning’ quality. To get promoted out of the Championship, you need two or three top attacking players, that can score 15+ goals each. I imagine Mount and Tomori will be fighting for their place at Stamford Bridge. However, I’m sure Lampard will find a couple of youngsters to help Derby out.

More of the same

Let’s not forget Derby lost narrowly in the play-off final. Lampard wasn’t sacked or failed, losing him isn’t a massive crisis. He’s built the foundations of a very good side. If they sign the right players for the style, they’ll be fine next season. Cocu isn’t walking into a side lacking quality, or without an identity. If Derby plays as they did for the majority of last season, with a few extra signings, they’ll do well. My advice would be, don’t over complicate things. You were brilliant last season, and could quite easily be in the Premier League, don’t make unnecessary drastic changes.

Build the side around Jack Marriott

If there was one criticism of Lampard I had last season, it was his minimal use of Marriott. For me, he’s one of the best strikers in the Championship. A natural goal scorer, fox in the box. He didn’t start in any of the play-off matches, unbelievably. Marriott came off the bench at Elland Road and scored two to help Derby reach the play-off final. Again, he was on the bench. The super sub came on and scored, however, it was too little too late as they lost 2-1. He must be Derby’s number nine next season, he scores for fun.

The perfect appointment under the current circumstances for Chelsea

Chelsea has appointed club legend Frank Lampard as their new manager on a three-year contract, following the departure of Mauricio Sarri to Juventus.

I think this is the perfect appointment under the current circumstances. The Blues have a two-year transfer ban, which will presumably halt any plans to mount a serious title challenge for the next few seasons.

The new manager needs time, trust from the fans and has the ability to blend youth into their current crop of quality players. Chelsea fans will certainly give Frank time to adopt his own playing style, and appreciate his efforts to give youngsters an opportunity to become legends like himself.

Chelsea arguably has the most promising set of English youngsters in the country. Fikayo Tomori, Reece James, Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus Cheek, Callum Hudson Odoi, Tammy Abraham – I expect Gareth Southgate to be at a fair amount of games at Stamford Bridge next season, put it that way.

We’ve already seen how good Loftus Cheek and Hudson Odoi are on the international stage, while the other four mentioned were absolutely superb in the Championship last season. Lampard will have to play them at some point, they won’t let him or Chelsea down. This transfer ban could be a blessing in disguise, these youngsters are so talented and sometimes there’s no need to sign multi-million players, give your own an opportunity.

It’s an exciting time for Chelsea supporters. Lampard will give everything to bring success back to Stamford Bridge, playing an attractive, attacking style. Derby was brilliant to watch last season, quick in transition, had flair and were a real danger to any side.

Good luck Frank, he’s got the job of his dreams, probably earlier than expected, take it and play Reece James – you’ll be sound.

2 Chelsea youngsters Lampard needs to give more playing time – Agree?

Chelsea has opted for the ‘club legend in management’ strategy in Frank Lampard, what alterations can we expect for the Chelsea side?

Last season, despite the ups and downs and misbehaving goalkeepers for the London blues. Maurizio Sarri managed to get his squad to 3rd place in the Premier League, he won the Europa cup and got runners-up in the League Cup.

However, Sarri was regularly criticised for his squad selections and foreseeable substitutions, making his Chelsea side somewhat predictable to any side they faced.

As club legend Frank Lampard steps in, just as when club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stepped into Man Utd, fans expect more decisions to be made that demonstrate a love and passion for the club they support, this includes harnessing the youth.

Jose Mourinho was criticised at Manchester United for not giving playing time to their youth players, even in competitions such as the League Cup, and Sarri was criticised for similar sins.

Here are two players that we should see a lot more of in Stamford Bridge now that Sarri is gone and Lampard is in…

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Yes, you saw this coming. Sarri was under heavy scrutiny for not giving Hudson-Odoi, 18, more first-team action last season, as he only appeared in 10 Premier League matches. According to reports, players including Hudson-Odoi were considering a move away from the club before Lampard was appointed manager, but are now happy to stay in the blue and fight for Lampard’s Chelsea vision.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Being 5 years senior to Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek did see more action under Maurizio Sarri, however, it is still argued that he was not seen enough, having 24 Premier League appearances last season. Under Lampard, we should see Loftus-Cheek appear heavily throughout next season, possibly featuring in almost every game provided he remains injury-free. Loftus-Cheek is much more of a fan-favourite than Jorginho and we could see the Italian snubbed to give the Englishman more of a role in the club.

Under Lampard, we should see Loftus-Cheek appear heavily throughout next season, possibly featuring in almost every game provided he remains injury-free. Loftus-Cheek is much more of a fan-favourite than Jorginho and we could see the Italian snubbed to give the Englishman more of a role in the club.

Who is favourite for Derby County to replace Chelsea bound Lampard

Lincoln boss Danny Cowley is the early bookmakers’ favourite to replace the departing Lampard. The deal for Lampard to return to Stamford Bridge is expected to be completed this week.

Since news broke yesterday that Derby had formally granted Chelsea permission to speak to Lampard, the bookmakers’ have priced up his predecessor with personal terms unlikely to be a problem. “Frank, you have the opportunity to manage Reece James, deal or no deal?” “Deal”.

Cowley is a young, ambitious manager seemingly destined to manage at the highest level. He has two promotions on his CV, from just three seasons at Lincoln. He built a side that played attractive, expansive football and they blew away League Two with ease last season, winning the division by six points. Cowley would inherit a talented squad at Derby, and one that would suit his style of management. It’s an appointment that makes perfect sense, he deserves his opportunity to test himself in the Championship.

Other names on the potential list of replacements include Darren Moore, Steven Gerrard and Gary Rowett. Moore was harshly sacked from West Brom when sitting in fourth spot last season, does he play the ‘easy on the eye’ style football that Derby is looking for though?

Gerrard seems to be building something special at Ibrox and looking to really challenge Celtic for the SPL title, while a return to Pride Park for Gary Rowett seems unlikely. Although his sacking from Birmingham came as a real shock, he struggled under the pressure at Derby and Stoke previously, when gifted the opportunity to sign big money players.

It’s looking like a nightmare few weeks for Derby. A play-off final defeat, their three best players last season returning to their home clubs and now Lampard is off.

Richard Keogh player-manager to save the day?

THE LOWDOWN: Who Is Supposed Man Utd Target Elif Emas

The rumour mill will continue to throw names out across the crazy season AKA the summer transfer window. One name that has cropped up recently is Fenerbahce’s 19-year-old midfielder Elif Elmas.

Having been linked with Man City and Tottenham also, it seems on the surface that the Macedonian international is somewhat of a hot property in the Super Lig. However, despite having played 10 times for his country already at his tender age, and featuring 16 times in the starting line up for Fenerbahce – Emas is not a name that will get the Manchester United fans licking their lips.

With no real stand out strengths in his game as of yet, the midfielder can play in a number of positions in and around the midfield. His main position seems to be defensive midfield, however, he has been played in a more forward role and out on the left-hand side.

Elmas found the net three times last campaign but, is by no means a Frank Lampard type of player. Elmas like to play short passes as he looks to link defence to attack, in spite of this, this part of his game needs improving alongside his tackling ability. Especially if he is to carve out a career on the defensive midfield role.

Currently valued at 6.75m, it speaks volumes for his projected talent. In all honesty, United would do well to avoid the Macedonian youngster going off the above, and search elsewhere across Europe. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems hell-bent on bringing young talent to Old Trafford, nevertheless, they need to be the right one and be able to shine under the Red Devils spotlights.

Man Utd fans, who do you think the Red Devils should go for?

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