Frank Lampard insisted Chelsea didn’t deserve to lose 4-0 at Old Trafford as his reign got off to a woeful start on Sunday.

It was a chastening result for new Chelsea manager Lampard after the club’s record goalscorer took over 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 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.

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