Manchester United’s £80 million centre-back Harry Maguire has called on his side to make Old Trafford a fortress after they began their Premier League campaign with a 4-0 hammering of Chelsea today.
Frank Lampard’s young Chelsea side dominated the opening exchanges and came within inches of taking the lead when Tammy Abraham hammered a shot against the post from the edge of the area.
However, Manchester United took the lead on 18 minutes when Marcus Rashford smashed home a penalty after the English striker was clumsily taken down in the area by Blues centre-back Kurt Zouma.
United upped their game after the opening goal, although Chelsea continued to create openings and Lampard would have been disappointed to see his side go in at the break one down after Emerson hit the post and Ross Barkley forced David De Gea into an excellent reaction stop.
Chelsea continued to push and probe after the break, but United would kill the game off in the space of a couple of minutes when Anthony Martial finished from close range and Rashford bagged his second after a sublime through ball from Paul Pogba.
Harry Maguire vs Chelsea:
Most clearances (7)
Most interceptions (4)
Most blocks (2)
1 clean sheet
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Summer signing Daniel James then came off the bench to put some extra gloss on the scoreline by hitting a debut goal late on after a slick counter-attacking move.
Speaking after the game man of the match Maguire was delighted with how he and his new teammates started their season.
“It is a great start for myself and the team. We rode our luck a bit first half but second we were much more ourselves,” Maguire told Sky Sports.
“It is the first game at Old Trafford so I think there were nerves. We gave the ball away in dangerous areas. We moved it nicely second half and our front three are so dangerous on the break.
“We knew there were only two clean sheets last year here. We need to make it a fortress.
“I felt good. I’ve only had three or four days with the lads. I am going to get fitter and better.”