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Lampard's harsh lesson as Ole hails 'lucky' United


Marc of class: Marcus Rashford celebrates his second goal
Marc of class: Marcus Rashford celebrates his second goal

By David Charlesworth

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted his side had their moments of fortune but was immensely satisfied by their fantastic start to the season.

Marcus Rashford's double helped United start the new season with a bang as Chelsea capitulated in Frank Lampard's first match in charge.

Anthony Martial and debutant Daniel James were also on target as United's curtain-raiser ended in a 4-0 victory.

Solskjaer will be first to admit the display was far from perfect, but this win was just the tonic after a summer of discontent. He said: "You take a win because it's about points first. The second-half performance was very pleasing, that was the big plus coming into half-time because we were a bit lucky.

"They pinned us back and created chances but we settled a few nerves. We're still a work in progress, we still know we're not anywhere near the finished article and we have got loads of improvement to be made.

"But we have found a way we want to play. We took risks but that's the way here, you've got to go for it, risk and reward."

In sharp contrast, Lampard admitted his side had experienced the "harsh reality" of the Premier League.

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