Manchester City started the defence of their Premier League title with a resounding 5-0 win over West Ham.

Raheem Sterling was in sparkling form, plundering a hat-trick, with Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero also on target in a game that suggests the rest of the league will have their work cut out stopping Pep Guardiola's side marching to a third consecutive title.

Liverpool, who pushed City so close last season, also picked up where they left off, scoring four first-half goals to defeat promoted Norwich City 4-1 at Anfield.

Marcus Rashford scored twice as Manchester United thumped Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford, while Harry Kane was at his ruthless best as Tottenham came from behind to see off Aston Villa 3-1.

 

STERLING TREBLE SETS CITY ON THEIR WAY

City laid down an ominous marker in their opening game of the season, sweeping aside West Ham with apparent ease.

The result means they have won their last 15 Premier League games – three short of their own record of 18 set between August and December in 2017.

Central to their success was Sterling, who became just the eighth player to score a hat-trick on the opening weekend of a Premier League campaign, and the first since Didier Drogba in 2010.

Jesus was a surprise starter ahead of Aguero but the Brazilian repaid his manager's faith with the opener – his 13th goal in his last 10 starts.

West Ham, meanwhile, have now lost their last four opening fixtures to a Premier League season, including each of the last three by an aggregate score of 0-13.

LIVERPOOL'S FIRST-HALF BLITZ DOWNS SORRY CANARIES

Norwich experienced a baptism of fire on their return to the top flight on Friday, with Liverpool racing into a four-goal lead by half-time.

The Reds scored three goals in the opening 30 minutes for the first time since February 2014 when they were 4-0 up after just 20 minutes against Arsenal.

One of those goalscorers, Mohamed Salah, extended his impressive opening-day record, which has seen him score in Liverpool's first Premier League match of the past three seasons.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was typically impressive at right-back and his assist for Divock Origi's goal means he is the first player to register an assist in five consecutive top-flight games since Mesut Ozil in 2015.

It should perhaps come as little surprise that Norwich left Merseyside with nothing given their woeful record on the opening day – they have won their first match of the league season in just one of the last 17 seasons.

UNITED RUN RIOT AGAINST BLUES

Manchester United's resounding Premier League win over Chelsea on Sunday was their biggest top-flight victory over the Blues in 54 years.

United were not at their best against Frank Lampard's side but they proved lethal in front of goal, with strikes from Rashford (2), Anthony Martial and Daniel James enough to secure all three points.

The last time the Red Devils beat Chelsea by such a margin in the league was in March 1965 under Matt Busby, when they also won 4-0.

As well as suffering the joint-heaviest defeat of his brief managerial career to date, Lampard was dealt the biggest reversal by a Chelsea boss in their first game in charge since Danny Blanchflower oversaw a 7-2 loss at Middlesbrough in December 1978.

The defeat also means Chelsea ended a day in the Premier League relegation zone for the first time since September 2000.

KANE COMES TO SPURS' RESCUE AGAIN

Tottenham once again were indebted to Kane's clinical finishing as they claimed all three points against Villa.

The England captain's two late goals mean he has now scored six goals in as many Premier League games against the Villains.

Mauricio Pochettino's side had earlier cancelled out John McGinn's opener courtesy of Tanguy Ndombele's strike from distance, making the Frenchman the first player to score on his Spurs debut since Eric Dier in August 2014.

Defeat for Villa, meanwhile, continued Jack Grealish's unfortunate run, which has seen him lose each of his last 19 Premier League games – the longest run of consecutive defeats suffered by a player in the history of the competition.

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard hit back at Jose Mourinho after criticism of his team selection for the 4-0 loss to Manchester United.

Lampard's first competitive game at the helm of the Premier League club ended in a comprehensive loss at Old Trafford, where Marcus Rashford scored a brace to go with goals from Anthony Martial and Daniel James on Sunday.

Working for Sky Sports, former Chelsea boss Mourinho criticised Lampard's selection, saying more experienced players like N'Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso and Olivier Giroud should have started, while questioning the performances of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Andreas Christensen.

Lampard seemed surprised by Mourinho's comments, saying injuries had an impact on selection in his side's season opener.

"He didn't like the performance of Mason Mount? Is that what he said? Did he? Wow," he told a news conference.

"Well, I can't drag players out of the medical room to play if they are experienced or not, so these are the players that played in a game that we were clearly the better team for 45-60 minutes.

"What was evident that we made individual errors that led to four goals out of their five shots. So there's the harsh reality for us.

"I don't have to be too concerned about what anyone else says, pundit-wise or anyone, they have to speak. At the same time, what's clear is the squad is what we've got and I believe in it.

"If we go in at half-time 2-1 or 3-1 up, as we probably should have done if we were more clinical and maybe had a stroke of luck here and there, the game would've been completely different."

Giroud and Kante were both introduced off the bench, while Christian Pulisic also came on for his Premier League debut in the second half.

Lampard explained his decision not to start the United States international, who arrived in the close season after being signed from Borussia Dortmund in January for a reported £58million (€62.3m).

"Christian Pulisic is 20 years old. He will be a fantastic player for the club. He has got great ability. You saw little moments with his acceleration on the ball," he said.

"But I have also got other options in midfield and in those areas, and I don't want to stick Christian straight into the fire without trying to help him along the way. It was one of those games where I felt it was better to start with Ross [Barkley] and Mason, who have been very strong in pre-season, and bring Christian on.

"If the game had carried on at 1-0, or we were back in the game as we should have been, he would have been a great injection. In the end it was difficult for him because the game went quickly away from us."

Paul Pogba has pledged to keep giving his all for Manchester United but offered no guarantees over his future.

Pogba provided a pair of assists as United ran out 4-0 winners over Chelsea on Sunday – kicking off their Premier League campaign in style at a buoyant Old Trafford.

It offered a contrast to an often-terse atmosphere surrounding Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad during their pre-season preparations, with speculation over Pogba's next move often making headlines after he expressed a desire to undertake a new challenge in June.

Real Madrid have been linked to the 26-year-old France midfielder, although their attentions have now turned to Donny van de Beek, with Ajax's asking price thought to be far less prohibitive.

"I'm always good when I play football. I do what I love, it's my job," Pogba told RMC Sport.

"I will give my best every time I'm on the pitch.

"Now, we know that there were words. The future will tell [what will happen].

"This point of questioning remains. I am in Manchester.

"I'm having fun with my team-mates, I always want to win the matches.

"I will always give myself thoroughly when I am on the pitch."

Solskjaer has been unwavering in his public support of Pogba and offered a predictably glowing take on his all-action display.

"Paul can do many jobs, the attacking midfield job and today more the link player," manager Solskjaer said.

"And when you've [Victor] Lindelof, [Harry] Maguire and David [De Gea] at the back, they can feed the ball, so he'll get it in good positions. He can do everything a midfielder can.

"He was asked to play the sitting role and first half I thought Chelsea pegged us back so he had to do loads of running down the channels, they created a few problems then, but we're fit, he's fit.

"The pass for the third goal was fantastic and the run and pass for the fourth, I just wanted him to go all the way."

Solskjaer added: "I've always said he's a top, top lad, he's such a professional. He loves playing, whether it's training, a behind-closed-doors match or here at Old Trafford.

"He grows more when he comes here. He's a World Cup winner, he's come so far in his career. he just wants to play.

"He's confident and wants the ball. Yeah, he lost it a few times, but get back on the ball and play."

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expecting more from Marcus Rashford this season after the striker opened his campaign with a brace against Chelsea.

United crushed the Blues 4-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday, with Rashford playing an important role – though the scoreline did flatter Solskjaer's side.

Rashford opened the scoring early on with a penalty he won following Kurt Zouma's clumsy foul, before Anthony Martial made it 2-0 in the second half.

A cool finish after Paul Pogba's pass saw Rashford double his tally a few minutes later, with Daniel James wrapping up the win late on.

Rashford managed to score 10 Premier League goals last term, but Solskjaer is expecting him to kick on this term.

"I think Marcus is developing really well," Solskjaer told reporters at Old Trafford. "He's growing, you see his stature now, his body. He's capable of playing more this year.

"He struggled with his ankle last season, so this year I expect more from him. But the whole squad, we're fitter, we're stronger. You can see in that second half, we are more than capable of lasting games.

"He's getting fitter and is a year older. We've had six weeks to work on a shape we want to look like and he's exceptional when there's space in behind.

"And the third goal, he almost got the same against Kristiansund [in a pre-season] friendly in Norway, but his touch let him down. Thankfully he brought it down [this time]."

Martial began the match as United's central striker and, although he and Rashford rotated throughout the game, he got his goal with a poacher's effort from an Andreas Pereira cross.

Solskjaer is hopeful Martial gets more of those goals this season, telling him he should be looking to finish moves from close in, instead of bothering with tricks on the wing.

Solskjaer said: "It's always important for a striker [to score goals], but how do you react? Do you drop your shoulders, [and think] 'I've scored my goal now', or do you get hungrier and realise, 'That's where I score my goals'?

"It's not out wide on the left-hand side showing your skills, it's in that box, and I was so pleased for Anthony scoring from five yards after that cross, because I've not seen too many of them [from him]."

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery does not know whether Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will be available for next weekend's Premier League game at home to Burnley.

Ozil and Kolasinac missed their side's 1-0 win over Newcastle United on the opening weekend of the season due to security concerns.

Their absence came after the duo were the victims of what appeared to be an attempted carjacking last month.

Footage of the incident showed Kolasinac confronting and scaring off two masked attackers who approached a vehicle driven by Ozil.

During a news conference that followed Sunday's game at St James' Park, where Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal, Emery was asked whether he had spoken to the pair.

"The club is managing that circumstance," he said. "We want to be with them as soon as possible, with normality in training and normality to be ready to play."

Asked whether either Ozil or Kolasinac might be in a position to face Burnley, Emery replied: "I don't know now."

A club statement released by Arsenal on Friday said the welfare of the club's players and their families "is always a top priority".

Arsenal said the decision to leave Ozil and Kolasinac out of the travelling squad followed discussions with both men and their representatives.

Jose Mourinho wishes Harry Maguire had been in a Manchester United shirt during his time in charge at Old Trafford.

Maguire was named man of the match on his United debut, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side rode out a sometimes-tricky opening 45 minutes to run out 4-0 winners over Chelsea.

Mourinho watched his former clubs go to work in his new role as a Sky Sports pundit and was full of praise for England international Maguire, who he reportedly courted a year ago.

"I think he fully deserved [to be] man of the match, he was as solid as a rock," he said.

"The tactical knowledge, the personality, that sense of reading the game, being alert all the time and having the confidence to play.

"He was fantastic. I think he did [give United confidence]. A team can be very dangerous in attack, but if you feel that the defensive mistake is around the corner, it takes away the confidence and you do not play as well as you can.

"When you feel there is something that allows you to play you are much more confident to do it.

"Maguire was good, [Victor] Lindelof was good. As I always said, Lindelof can be a very good player. With Maguire, I think they can be a very good couple."

Asked whether Maguire was the player he had been looking for before his Old Trafford reign crumbled, Mourinho chuckled and replied: "He arrived one year later!"

Marcus Rashford also won his former manager's approval after a two-goal display.

The England international converted Paul Pogba's superb through-ball having already won and dispatched a first-half penalty.

Mourinho reflected on Rashford's haul of 10 goals from 2018-19 and what he must do to help fill the void left by Romelu Lukaku's departure to Inter.

"That [10 goals] is not enough, he has to score more goals. Especially without Lukaku on the team," Mourinho said.

"He will be on the pitch all the time and I believe he has the qualities to be better and better.

"He is not just a kid with potential but a kid with ambition. He wants to improve, he wants to work.

"I believe this season he has a big opportunity to be a better player and score more goals."

Mourinho added: "Against a team like Chelsea today he is very dangerous. Against teams with lower blocks, more physical, more pressure on the ball and less possibilities for transition, I feel it is more difficult."

Jose Mourinho was left bemused by Frank Lampard's decision to leave experienced players out in favour of youngsters in Chelsea's 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester United.

Lampard opted to leave the experienced N'Golo Kante, Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso on the bench at Old Trafford, with Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Andreas Christensen among the starters.

Although Chelsea competed well for large periods, they ultimately lost 4-0 thanks to a brace from Marcus Rashford and strikes from Anthony Martial and debutant Daniel James.

Mourinho, who has often in his career been criticised for a lack of faith in young players, believes Lampard was wrong to leave out some of his older heads, adamant Kante could have started the match if he was fit enough to play the latter stages after a hamstring injury.

"I understand if Willian is injured not to play him, but if Willian is not injured and is just late, I do not understand why he is not here," Mourinho, a former manager of Lampard's, said as a pundit on Sky Sports.

"To play 30 minutes you do not need to be fit. If Kante can play 35 minutes [he played 17 minutes], he can play the game, even if he lasts one hour.

"It's difficult to say, because I am not there. My feeling is they had a possibility to play with a team with more know-how.

"Alonso was on the bench, Kante was on the bench, Giroud was on the bench. Even if this is not the United that used to scare people, this is Manchester United.

"A little bit of experience would fit well with the team. You look at the performances of Mount, Abraham and even Christensen. For matches of this dimension, you need a little bit more."

Manchester United kicked off their Premier League season in style with a 4-0 victory over Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The final game of the weekend saw United run out comfortable winners on Frank Lampard's bow as Chelsea head coach, with Marcus Rashford scoring twice.

Arsenal also made a positive start to the 2019-20 campaign as they edged out Newcastle United 1-0 at St James' Park, while the clash between Midlands rivals Leicester City and Wolves finished goalless.

That game was not without its controversy, though, with VAR playing a big part in the outcome.

 

RASHFORD, MARTIAL SPOIL LAMPARD'S BIG DAY

Despite starting the match slowly and never really hitting top gear, United put four unanswered goals past Chelsea in a result that can be considered a statement of intent.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer started two of his new signings - Aaron Wan-Bissaka and the world's most expensive defender Harry Maguire - before bringing Daniel James on as a second-half substitute.

Rashford opened the scoring for the hosts from the penalty spot against the run of play, after being brought down by Kurt Zouma.

Chelsea struck the frame of the goal through Tammy Abraham and Emerson Palmieri either side of Rashford's opener. However, the game soon slipped away from them following the interval as Anthony Martial rounded off a swift counter-attack and Rashford slotted home a third in the space of 95 seconds.

Debutant James completed the scoring to leave Lampard's men in the relegation zone for the first time since September 30, 2000. It was Chelsea's biggest top-flight defeat to United in 54 years.

AUBAMEYANG THE DIFFERENCE FOR ARSENAL

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang picked up from where he left off last season by scoring the only goal of the game as Arsenal claimed a 1-0 win in Steve Bruce's first competitive match in charge of Newcastle.

A game of few clear-cut chances was settled by last term's joint-Golden Boot winner, who made the most of some slack defending - loanee Jetro Willems being most at fault - to punish United with just under an hour played.

Arsenal, who named new signings David Luiz, Nicolas Pepe, Emiliano Martinez and Dani Ceballos on the bench, saw out the final half an hour to match their away clean sheets tally from the whole of last term in a pleasing result for Unai Emery.

 

DENDONCKER DENIED BY VAR

Two sides tipped to possibly gatecrash the established top six this season faced off at the King Power Stadium, with Leicester and Wolves sharing the spoils.

Dendoncker thought he had scored the only goal of the match after bundling in from a corner early in the second half, but it was ruled out as VAR official Jon Moss spotted a handball from Willy Boly in the build-up.

Raul Jimenez also came close to scoring for Wolves, who were in action three days on from a 4,000-mile round trip to Armenia for a Europa League qualifier, but his deflected shot was dealt with by Kasper Schmeichel.

Frank Lampard is adamant Manchester United's 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea flattered the Red Devils considerably.

Lampard was taking charge of his first Premier League game for the Blues since replacing Maurizio Sarri as head coach and for long periods they competed well.

But Marcus Rashford scored from a penalty after a clumsy Kurt Zouma tackle, before Cesar Azpilicueta was twice at fault in the second period – Anthony Martial and his striker partner punishing the Spaniard.

Debutant Daniel James wrapped things up with a deflected effort and although Lampard was left ruing individual errors, he insists United were not as superior as the scoreline suggests.

When asked if the score was harsh on Chelsea, Lampard told Sky Sports: "Without a doubt. Four mistakes, four goals, let's get that out straight away, because we have to be self-critical.

"Other than that, for 60 minutes we controlled the game. We controlled the first half, major parts of it, [hit the] woodwork, [played] balls across the face of goal.

"There were poor decisions in the final third when we should have been able to get shots away and score, at half time we should be in the lead.

"Again, early in the second half I didn't mind it [being behind], but then the second and third goal, two mistakes, and it's much easier for them to play at 3-0 up.

"At 1-0 we were the better team, but I can't stand here and look happy with that because it's 4-0.

"This is a counter-attacking team [United], a big strength of theirs. We know they have pace, if you turn over the ball or give them opportunities to play in behind, they will.

"For large parts of the game we didn't [let them] do that, we were the ones who were bright, breaking, the last bit [in the final third] wasn't great, but we were so comfortable in the way we were playing in the first half, so there are loads of lessons for us.

"You can't make unforced errors at this level, but it's not a result that if you just switched on and saw it was a 4-0, it was nowhere near a 4-0."

An enjoyable detail when browsing Premier League player profiles is Kurt Zouma's middle name being Happy.

Unfortunately for the centre-back and his new boss Frank Lampard, Chelsea's 4-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford was not a great time for nominative determinism.

Lampard earned praise for his strong, decisive call in allowing David Luiz to join Arsenal on transfer deadline day this week, meaning Zouma played his first Chelsea game since loan stints at Stoke City and Everton over the past two seasons.

An absent-minded pass across his own penalty area in the seventh minute almost allowed Anthony Martial to open the scoring.

It was virtually Chelsea's only missed step until Zouma's clumsy foul on Marcus Rashford allowed the England forward to open the scoring from the penalty spot.

David Luiz has rarely been viewed as a towering presence of reliability, but in an instant, Lampard's strong decisiveness came to look rash and misguided.

Loan stars shine briefly

Such are the fine margins Lampard knows he is letting himself in for so early in his fledgling managerial career, there was enough to like about his new-look Chelsea, despite a galling final analysis.

The other returning loanees, pressed into action through a combination of their own promise and a FIFA transfer ban, fared better than Zouma.

Tammy Abraham scored 26 times for Aston Villa in the Championship last season and set about trying to prove his top-flight quality was a sharp turn to rifle against the post.

Emerson roved forward to similarly test David de Gea's right-hand upright and the United goalkeeper saved impressively from Ross Barkley, as Mason Mount – so impressive under Lampard at Derby County – roved with intent and confidence.

When an undulating contest fell into periods of relative calmness, with a structure to the play, Chelsea looked the most comfortable.

Fabulous, fast-food football

The Premier League's leading lights – on this evidence, United and Chelsea are short of being labelled as such– have treated us to moments of high-end brilliance recently; the footballing equivalent of fine dining.

This game was more like an all-you-can-eat buffet. Plenty of rubbish, almost certainly not very good for many of those involved but immensely enjoyable. Whether by accident or design, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cooked up an Old Trafford storm. Rashford and Anthony Martial gorged themselves with delight.

For all Chelsea's periods of midfield control – there is certainly life after Sarriball for Jorginho – Paul Pogba produced the game's outstanding creative moment.

The much-discussed France star measured his pass for Rashford's second to perfection. His previous best attempt at a throughball came in the first half, having turned into trouble and fallen over. Pogba also lost possession 28 times over the 90 minutes. Twenty-eight. And, of course, provided two assists. It was that sort of game.

United's lavishly acquired defensive steel went down well. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire had their names sung by the home faithful before the break.

Along with keeping a lively Chelsea forward line at arm's length, they shifted the ball forward quickly whenever possible. Solskjaer appeared to have decided his players would not match Chelsea in a passing contest – the game ended with a 46 per cent share of possession for the hosts – but settled for ransacking them in the transitions.

Even allowing for luck ridden, it worked like a charm as Chelsea caved in completely. Their captain was particularly culpable.

Fail Cesar

Cesar Azpilicueta tends to be more reliable than David Luiz and Zouma put together. But Martial manhandled him for United's second before Pogba and Rashford caught him napping for the third.

A dream home debut goal for Daniel James saw the Blues cut to ribbons once more. Half of United's attacks were targeted down Azpilicueta's flank and he had no answer.

It would be foolish to suggest Solskjaer has solved United's shortcomings with this enjoyable outing of running and rampage, but the feelgood factor of earlier this year can start to return.

Lampard showed a clear plan but was undermined by a busy but blunt attack and flimsy, paper-thin defence. Those are no small problems to address. Welcome to the Premier League.

Manchester United's resounding 4-0 Premier League win over Chelsea on Sunday was their biggest top-flight victory over the Blues in 54 years.

United were not at their best against Frank Lampard's side but they proved lethal in front of goal, with strikes from Marcus Rashford (2), Anthony Martial and Daniel James enough to secure all three points.

The last time the Red Devils beat Chelsea by such a big margin was in March 1965 under Matt Busby, when they also won 4-0.

As well as suffering the joint-heaviest defeat of his brief managerial career to date, Lampard was dealt the biggest reversal by a Chelsea boss in their first game in charge since Danny Blanchflower oversaw a 7-2 loss at Middlesbrough in December 1978.

The defeat also means Chelsea will end a day in the Premier League relegation zone for the first time since September 2000.

Unai Emery concedes Arsenal "struggled" in their 1-0 win over Newcastle United but felt a collective team effort led to an ultimately deserved three points.

Arsenal came away from St James' Park with a slender victory on Sunday thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's strike just before the hour mark.

Aubameyang made the most of some slack defending from Newcastle to score what proved to be the winning goal in a game of few clear-cut chances.

After equalling last season's away clean sheets tally in their first match of the 2019-20 campaign, Emery targeted more shutouts if Arsenal are to improve on their fifth-place finish from last time out.

"I want to win. I want to score and I want to keep a clean sheet," he said at his post-match news conference. "Today we won and we did that. 

"I think we created chances and we need also to create chances for our strikers and today with Auba we won. 

"We want to start defending with Aubameyang and we want to start attacking with Bernd Leno. I think every player worked very well today. Aubameyang scored, but I think it was because every player worked together.

"Our idea is to continue being one team, mostly offensive. But we need to also take the balance defensively. To win away we know is difficult in each match. Today we struggled but we deserved it."

Arsenal started without any of their new signings, with deadline-day arrival David Luiz remaining on the bench for the full 90 minutes.

Nicolas Pepe, Dani Ceballos and Gabriel Martinelli made their debuts as second-half subs, though, and Emery said he intends to integrate them all into the first team.

"David Luiz did pre-season with another team and he is okay to play physically but he only trained completely with us yesterday," he said. 

"Pepe came one week ago and physically he needs to get his best fitness to be ready to play 100 per cent for 90 minutes. I think that today 20 minutes is good for him. 

"And Ceballos is in the middle because he came before Pepe but he got an injury and he stopped training. But he needs to know the Premier League, so today was important for him and for us."

Arsenal's winning goal came after a mistake from loanee Jetro Willems, who hesitated on the ball and allowed Ainsley Maitland-Niles to charge forward and play in Aubameyang.

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce was disappointed that the lapse resulted proved decisive in his first competitive match in charge of his boyhood club.

"It's the manner of it," he told reporters. "We gave a sloppy goal away. If Arsenal open you up, you can applaud the opposition but to give away a bad goal is frustrating.

"We defended fantastically well through the game - I don't remember my goalkeeper making a mistake. We left ourselves open and got punished."

Two-goal Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial starred as Manchester United crushed Chelsea 4-0 in Frank Lampard's first Premier League match as the Blues' head coach.

Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had suggested in pre-season Rashford and Martial were set to share striker responsibilities this term and they were the inspiration as United clinched an emphatic opening-day win, albeit one that somewhat flattered them.

Chelsea certainly edged a first half that was arguably more entertaining for its seemingly constant stream of errors than anything else, but United led 1-0 at the break thanks to Rashford's penalty, despite Tammy Abraham and Emerson Palmieri hitting the post for the visitors.

Quality initially remained at a premium in the second half, but two fine goals – one apiece for Rashford and Martial – in the space of 95 seconds after the hour turned United's nervy lead into a comfortable one, with debutant Daniel James completing the scoring late on.

It took Abraham – the scorer of 26 Championship goals with Aston Villa last season – just four minutes to try his luck, striking the left-hand post from 18 yards.

A United side featuring new signings Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka took the lead against the run of play 14 minutes later, Rashford coolly finding the top-left corner with a penalty after being clumsily felled by the hapless Kurt Zouma.

While United's nerves settled a little with the goal, Chelsea continued to look the better side and went close twice towards the end of the first half – Ross Barkley forcing David de Gea into a vital save, before Emerson struck the post from close range.

Solskjaer's men took control just past the hour, though, as Chelsea were caught on the break and Martial bundled in Andreas Pereira's sublime cross.

It was three shortly after, Paul Pogba providing an excellent assist after an underwhelming first-half display, clipping a ball over Cesar Azpilicueta for Rashford to bring down and nonchalantly slot past Kepa Arrizabalaga.

James, introduced for Pereira, got in on the act nine minutes from time – his deflected effort beating Kepa to round off what ultimately turned into a great day for a United side that started shakily.

 

What does it mean? Solskjaer building United in his 'baby-faced' image

United's starting XI was the youngest named by any manager on the opening weekend of this Premier League season, with an average age of 24 years and 227 days. Solskjaer has insisted he will look to blood as much youth as possible, and he certainly appears to be living up to that.

Another pledge was to play quick, attacking football. They did not do that for the entire match, but with Rashford and Martial generally among their better players, it seems Solskjaer's plan has legs.

Rashford steps up

Much has recently been said regarding Rashford's ability to lead the line for United, particularly after Romelu Lukaku's departure left him as the club's senior striker. He did well on Sunday, running the channels effectively and grabbing two goals.

Azpilicueta fails to lead by example

Usually Chelsea's most dependable defender, Azpilicueta did not meet that criteria at Old Trafford. He allowed Martial to get ahead of him for the second goal and was then caught out badly for the third.

What's next?

United travel to Wolves a week on Monday for their second Premier League outing of the campaign. Chelsea play their first match at Stamford Bridge this season a day earlier against Leicester City, though they first have the UEFA Super Cup against Liverpool to contest on Wednesday.

Manchester United's starting XI to face Chelsea on Sunday was the youngest named by any team on the opening weekend of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has showed he is ready to build United in his 'baby-faced' image, with no team putting a younger collection of players on the pitch this weekend.

United's team had an average age of 24 years and 227 days, with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw and debutant Aaron Wan-Bissaka all 25 or younger.

The exceptions were David de Gea, the oldest starter at 28, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba and Harry Maguire, pulling on the United shirt for the first time.

There was a similar look to the bench.

While Nemanja Matic, Sergio Romero, Juan Mata and Ashley Young offered plenty of experience, Axel Tuanzebe, Daniel James and Mason Greenwood are promising young talents.

United's team was the only starting XI of the opening weekend of the season with an average age below 25.

Norwich City – who lost 4-1 to Liverpool – are next with an average age of 25 years and 89 days, as Daniel Farke continues to show admirable trust in the young players who got the Canaries promoted last term.

Southampton's line-up – 25 years, 102 days – was the third youngest, though they also suffered defeat in their campaign opener, losing 3-0 at Burnley.

At an average of 25 years and 131 days, Bournemouth were next, but they again failed to win as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Sheffield United.

The Red Devils' visitors on Sunday also named a youthful starting XI, Chelsea's youngest (25 years, 199 days) in the league since November 2012 (24 years, 261 days) when they lost to West Brom.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said the Premier League's Golden Boot is already on his mind after scoring Arsenal's goal in their 1-0 opening-day victory over Newcastle United.

The 30-year-old striker shared last season's top-scorer award with Liverpool's Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, the latter opening his account for the new campaign in the Reds' 4-1 win over Norwich City on Friday.

At St James' Park on Sunday, Aubameyang was the beneficiary of a mix-up in the Newcastle defence.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles pounced on Fabian Schar's pass before Jetro Willems could react, then crossed to the Gabon international who flicked the ball past Martin Dubravka and into the net.

In a game of few clear-cut chances, Aubameyang's clinical finishing made the difference and he admitted he went into the game with high hopes for the season.

Asked whether the Golden Boot is a target this season, Aubameyang said: "Of course it is in the mind of a striker but first of all the team is the most important.

"I'm really pleased the goal helped us win the game."

Arsenal boss Unai Emery started the game with Alexandre Lacazette on the bench along with new signing Nicolas Pepe, who came on as a second-half substitute once the Gunners were ahead.

Newcastle improved with the introduction of Allan Saint-Maximin off the bench but, like Arsenal, mustered just two shots on target all afternoon.

Aubameyang said he felt Arsenal deserved all three points after they banished the memory of a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on the opening day of 2018-19.

He said: "We fought today a lot. It was a great game against a good team.

"It was important to start with a win, last season we started bad, so we are happy.

"It is always positive for all the squad to win the first game, everyone is happy to get three points and we're looking forward to winning more games."

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