Frank Lampard urged his Chelsea players to not be too deflated in the immediate aftermath of their 4-0 thrashing at Manchester United on Sunday.
Chelsea’s new head coach handed starts to Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount in a youthful line-up at Old Trafford and the homegrown pair started brightly, the former rattling a post when the score was still goalless.
The visitors arguably shaded the first half but trailed to a Marcus Rashford penalty before United ran riot after Anthony Martial had doubled their advantage shortly after the hour mark.
Rashford scored once more before debutant Daniel James netted to give the hosts victory by a margin that flattered them in both sides’ curtain-raiser.
And Lampard was quick to make that clear to his players in the visitors’ Old Trafford dressing room, seemingly aware that his team were unfortunate to leave Manchester on the back of a humiliating defeat.