“I can’t drag people out of the medical room, whether they’re experienced or not,”
said Lampard after his first premier League game as Chelsea manager.
“The players we played today, and on the bench, are the players we have. We were
clearly the better team for 45 or even 60 minutes but we made individual errors that
led to four goals from five shots. That’s the harsh reality.
“I don’t have to be too concerned about what anyone else says — the pundits
— but what is clear is the squad is the squad we’ve got and I believe in it.
“Had we gone in at half-time 2-1 or 3-1 up, which we should have done, the game
would have been completely different.”
“My feeling is that today they had a possibility to play with more know-how,” Mourinho said.
“[Marcos] Alonso was on the bench, Kante was on the bench, Giroud was on the bench, and
to come to Old Trafford, even if this is not the huge Manchester United that used to scare people,
it’s Manchester United.
“It’s the first match at home, the first match of the season, people are excited,
the stadium is on fire waiting for something positive.
“A little bit of experience [from Chelsea] would fit well with the team. You look to the
performance of Mason Mount, the performance of Tammy Abraham, you look to the
performance even of [Andreas] Christensen and for matches of this dimension you need a little bit more.”
“We are missing internationals and big players but I don’t want that excuse,”.
“The team we put out today was clearly competing in the game for long periods
but we made four mistakes and they were clinical in the way they put them away.
There’s a reality check for us all.”
The game ended Manchester United 4, Chelsea 0.
Lampard should be given a chance to do his work.