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Lampard hits back at Mourinho over team selection criticism

Frank Lampard has hit back at Jose Mourinho over his criticism of Chelsea’s inexperienced team selection for their 4-0 defeat at Manchester United.

Despite having had the better of the opening exchanges, Chelsea were blown away in a ruthless second half performance by United at Old Trafford.

A quick-fire double from Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford added to Rashford’s first-half penalty, before debutant Daniel James sealed the win late on.

Former Chelsea boss Mourinho was critical of Lampard’s team selection, with the Blues boss including 20-year-old debutant Mason Mount and youngster Tammy Abraham from the start.

Lampard has hit back after Mourinho blasted his inexperienced side, the Portuguese criticising the performances of Mount, Abraham and Andreas Christensen in particular.

“He didn’t like the performance of Mason Mount? Is that what he said? Did he? Wow,” Lampard said in his post-match press conference.

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“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 two or three-one 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.”

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