Lampard sounds Man Utd warning ahead of cup clash
Anthony Martial of Manchester United celebrates scoring 2nd goal with Marcus Rashford Manchester United v Chelsea

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has issued a warning to Manchester United ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash and says their 4-0 opening day defeat is a “million miles away”.

The Red Devils thrashed Chelsea 4-0 on the opening weekend of the 2019-20 English Premier League season.

However, the two clubs have had contrasting fortunes since, with Chelsea currently fourth with 20 points from 10 matches, while United are seventh with 13 points from their 10 matches.

The Blues have won their past seven matches in all competitions, while Manchester United had been winless in the league for four games prior to their 3-1 win at Norwich City on the weekend.

Chelsea are the clear favourites to win Wednesday’s fourth round Carabao Cup clash at Stamford Bridge, even if Lampard rotates his players.

“I won’t take this game lightly even if I make changes,” Lampard said.

“If players do step out of the line up with a view to the coming weeks, it’s about the big picture.

“I understand how players are but those who start will give everything.

“(The 4-0 loss to United) feels a million miles away but I’m not disregarding it. They hurt us four times in a game we played particularly well in.”

Manchester City booked their spot in the cup quarter-finals with a 3-1 win over Southampton on Tuesday with Sergio Aguero netting a double.

Everton netted twice in the final 20 minutes to ease past struggling Watford 2-0, while Leicester City, Colchester United and Oxford United also progressed.

On Wednesday, along with the big Blues-Red Devils clash, Liverpool will take on Arsenal and Aston Villa will host Midlands neighbours Wolverhampton.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has confirmed captain Granit Xhaka will not be part of the Gunners squad which travels to Anfield following the incident in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace where he reacted after being booed off by home fans.

“He is devastated, he is sad about the situation,” Emery said.

“Really, he knows he was wrong. He feels inside, very deep but he’s normal like a human, every player needs the supporters’ support.”

Ben somerford
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