‘They got very lucky’ – TalkSPORT pundit says Manchester United were fortunate to grab early win
Ex-Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has suggested that Manchester United were lucky to get away with such a handsome victory in their first Premier League game of the season – blaming Chelsea for their own eventual collapse.
Tammy Abraham very nearly opened his account for the season within the opening minutes of the game when his early snapshot rattled a United post, but Chelsea did not come much closer to getting off the mark in their first match under Frank Lampard.
In contrast, United were certainly more ruthless, surging into a commanding lead midway through the second half through goals from Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, before a wicked deflection allowed new signing Daniel James to add further gloss to the scoreline.
But in arguing that it flattered United, Chelsea’s under-par display was the main factor that contributed towards a perfect start to the season for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, according to Jordan.
He said on TalkSPORT: “I think they got very lucky today. I think Chelsea deserved to be in this game, and then somehow have contrived to be architects of their own downfall, and then capitulated. That will – and should – slightly unnerve Frank Lampard.”
Chelsea certainly gave United a helping hand on Sunday, gifting them the opportunity of a penalty through Kurt Zouma’s needless challenge on Marcus Rashford after 18 minutes.
And Martial hardly had to hold off Cesar Azpilicueta when notching United’s second, with the third secured thanks to a pass from Paul Pogba that beat the offside trap in leaving Rashford one-on-one with the goalkeeper as he finished confidently.
There may have been an element of fortune about Daniel James’ deflected fourth, but there could be an argument to suggest that on another day, Chelsea would have taken all the points themselves – especially after being inches away from taking an early lead through Abraham.
Though whether Jordan thinks United deserved it or not, nothing will change the fact that the Red Devils will profit from the three points that were on offer.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!