Frank Lampard hopes to emulate Jose Mourinho's start at Chelsea by beating Man United

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Frank Lampard hopes to emulate Jose Mourinho‘s successful start as Chelsea manager by securing a positive result against Manchester United.

Lampard takes charge of the Blues in a competitive match for the first time at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Mourinho lifted the Premier League trophy three times across two spells at Stamford Bridge after beginning his initial tenure with a 1-0 home success against United 15 years ago following a goal from Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Former midfielder Lampard, the west London club’s record scorer with 211 goals, played in that fixture in August 2004 and is keen for his squad to gain similar early-season momentum.

“I remember the game, we didn’t play particularly well, it wasn’t a great game. We won 1-0 and it was a nice start for us because we’d had a good pre-season and all of our standards were lifted by Jose Mourinho,” said Lampard.

“It would be great to have that momentum after a first game – it’s the same because it’s both the same teams we are talking about but it’s not the end of the story.

“We’re going to a tough place in Old Trafford. The thing with football, and especially the top of the Premier League, is you can lose at those places. But we have to have a bigger picture than that.

“But, yes, of course, if we can get the early momentum by going there and getting a result, it certainly helped in the Jose Mourinho days and it will help us.”

Lampard received supportive messages from Mourinho after leaving Derby to take the Chelsea job last month but has not spoken with his former boss.

The 56-year-old Portuguese has been out of management since being sacked by United in December.

Lampard played under numerous other successful coaches, including Guus Hiddink, Carlo Ancelotti and Rafael Benitez, but would not reveal which one was the most influential while stressing his desire to be his own man.

“I have too many experiences with managers that to name one would feel almost be disrespectful to the others,” he said.

“What I would say is I can take tips or ideas from all of my managers. I try and be myself through that, I don’t try and be a Jose Mourinho or a Carlo Ancelotti, Guus Hiddink.

“I try and be myself but with influences from them because some managers are more people managers, some managers are more tactical managers. I think if you strive to try and find that, it’s not natural.

“I was fortunate enough to play under a lot and get tips but I’m not going to give you one name.”

Frank Lampard played in Jose Mourinho's first game in charge of Chelsea - a 1-0 win over Man United.

Frank Lampard played in Jose Mourinho’s first game in charge of Chelsea – a 1-0 win over Man United.

Lampard will come up against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this weekend. The Norwegian initially succeeded Mourinho on a caretaker basis before being appointed permanently on a three-year contract in late March.

After winning 14 of his opening 17 fixtures in all competitions, former United striker Solskjaer lost eight of the next 12 as his side limped over the line to finish sixth.

Lampard believes criticism of his fellow manager has been slightly unfair but acknowledges working for a high-profile club brings constant scrutiny.

“When you manage a club like Manchester United or Chelsea it comes with the territory,” said Lampard.

“It can be excessive, not just for Ole, but for everyone in football. You have to have a thick skin. It is possibly harsh as it is something that he came in to and he had a great lift.

“I think it’s his real chance to make a stamp on that team with a window and a pre-season behind him.

“And I’m trying to make a stamp here, so it makes for a competitive match. It is up to him and it is up to me.”

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Two men charged over security incident involving Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac

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Two men have been charged over a security incident in connection with two Arsenal players, police have confirmed.

Arsenal announced on Friday that Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac would not be in their squad for Sunday’s Premier League opener at Newcastle.

The club said the players, who were targeted by car-jackers in north London last month, had been withdrawn due to “further security incidents”.

It is now known an incident occurred on Thursday, with the Metropolitan Police confirming that two men were arrested.

According to reports, the men were arrested after becoming involved in an altercation with security staff outside Ozil’s house.

A police statement read: “Two men have been charged under Section 4a of the Public Order Act following an incident in Camden on Thursday, 8 August.

“Ferhat Ercan, 27, and Salaman Ekinci, 27, were charged on 9 August following the incident and are due to appear at Highbury Corner magistrates’ court on 6 September.”

Neither midfielder Ozil, 30, nor defender Kolasinac, 26, have been harmed.

Arsenal’s statement on Friday read: “Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will not be part of the squad for our opening match against Newcastle United following further security incidents which are being investigated by the police.

“The welfare of our players and their families is always a top priority and we have taken this decision following discussion with the players and their representatives.

“We are liaising with the police and are providing the players and their families with ongoing support.

“We look forward to welcoming the players back to the squad as soon as possible.”

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Manchester United's summer transfer business given grade C+ with Arsenal a B+

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There was a busy end to the summer transfer window as Premier League clubs worked hard to bolster their squads.

With the action switching from the gossip columns to the pitch, we grade the business of Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham with Chelsea not examined due to their transfer ban.

MANCHESTER UNITED | C+

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WHAT THEY NEEDED TO DO

Following another disappointing campaign in which they failed to qualify for the Champions League, Manchester United needed something of an overhaul. The key though was to sign the right kind of players that fit the profile of what they require. Quality was paramount as was youth and energy.

The biggest area of concern was at centre-back. A reliable central defensive partner for Victor Lindelof needed to be the utmost priority. It was also apparent that Ashley Young shouldn’t be challenging Diogo Dalot for the right-back slot – they needed to do better.

With Nemanja Matic aging and Fred so far proving to be a bust, midfield reinforcement was also high on the list, just above a quality right winger.

Equally important was the need to ditch high-earning fringe players and, despite his poor end to the season, they had to keep hold of David de Gea. They couldn’t afford to lose Paul Pogba either, who remained the heartbeat of an otherwise underwhelming midfield.

WHAT THEY GOT DONE

The first one through the door was Daniel James and he ticked a lot of boxes. He came at a reasonable price, injects plenty of pace and energy into the attack, has the right attitude and is only 21. However, he’s also very raw and doesn’t necessarily solve United’s problem on the right given that he may not be ready for regular starting berths and looks far more comfortable on the left.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka on the other hand looks set to make the right-back slot his own for years to come. The 21-year-old has shown stunning defensive ability and looks the real deal. Well worth the ÂŁ50m transfer fee.

Crucially, United also recruited a top quality centre-back in Harry Maguire though could’ve done with getting that deal over the line sooner. Axel Tuanzebe’s form in pre-season meanwhile is a timely boost in that department with Eric Bailly set to miss four months injured.

The midfield is still lacking though despite the Red Devils being linked with several signings in that department over the summer. They have managed to hold on to Pogba though along with David De Gea but decided against a replacement for Romelu Lukaku.

There’s still a lot of dead weight in the squad but they can still work on that until the end of the European transfer window.

MANCHESTER CITY | B+

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WHAT THEY NEEDED TO DO

Benjamin Mendy has impressed every time he’s taken to the field but those occurrences have been far too few. The injury-prone left-back needed a strong deputy so City aren’t notably weakened by his absence.

It also became apparent last season that Fernandinho, operating in that key defensive midfield role in Pep Guardiola’s system, was on his last legs. Efforts to sign Jorginho as a replacement for him last summer were fruitless. Getting that right this time was going to be crucial.

A centre-back would’ve been on the shopping list as well. Vincent Kompany’s departure leaves some big boots to fill and John Stones hasn’t always looked up to the task.

The plethora of attacking options at their disposal means investment in that department was unnecessary as long as they could keep Bayern Munich target Leroy Sane at the club.

WHAT THEY GOT DONE

The biggest signing of their window has got to be the ÂŁ63m acquisition of Rodri from Atletico Madrid. The defensive midfielder should go straight into the first team, relegating Fernandinho to second-choice.

They’ve quickly addressed the issue at left-back as well, re-signing Spaniard Angelino from PSV Eindhoven while recruiting Joao Cancelo for £60m solves a number of problems in defence.

The Portuguese is strong competition for Kyle Walker at right-back but Guardiola has suggested that he could even play on the left, boosting options on that side. Meanwhile, his arrival gives City the option of using Walker as a centre-back, where he’s featured previously for England.

That could be an innovative alternative for failing to sign a Kompany replacement at centre-back despite having pursued Harry Maguire only to drop out of the running once the Foxes named their price.

They have managed to hold on to Sane so far but the German is sidelined for up to six months.

ARSENAL | B+

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WHAT THEY NEEDED TO DO

Apart from a striker, they could’ve used reinforcements in pretty much every position. The key areas of weakness though were in defence and central midfield.

None of Arsenal’s centre-backs have looked particularly convincing while Laurent Koscielny had been angling for a move away from the Emirates Stadium.

The loss of Aaron Ramsey in midfield on a free transfer is a huge blow as well while Granit Xhaka hasn’t been up to the mark either.

WHAT THEY GOT DONE

In fairness to Arsenal, they’ve managed to secure the services of a promising young centre-back in William Saliba for a very reasonable amount. However, he will only join the club next season.

Their immediate concerns in defence brought David Luiz’s deadline day arrival. He’s hardly the reliable defender they crave so with Koscielny’s departure, they’re right back where they started in that area for now. However, getting Kieran Tierney in late in the window was a huge win.

The signing of Nicolas Pepe is an extraordinary one especially given the profile of other clubs interested. He will certainly give them a boost but one can’t help but wonder how much good the same investment would do in other areas of the pitch.

Meanwhile, they couldn’t have done much better than Dani Ceballos in terms of midfield recruits. Of course, it’s only a year-long loan deal but it serves the purpose for now and who knows what the Spaniard may decide by the end of the campaign.

TOTTENHAM | B+

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WHAT THEY NEEDED TO DO 

Harry Winks has grown in stature in Tottenham’s midfield but he didn’t have the players around him to really thrive. Moussa Sissoko has been good in parts but Victor Wanyama’s fitness concerns and Eric Dier’s lack of mobility means they lacked a dominant midfielder alongside Winks.

Christian Eriksen’s contract situation and desire for a new challenge meant they needed to lure in cover for the Dane as well.

Another option in attack would’ve been ideal too. Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen were both let go while Son Heung-min has increasingly featured in central areas. Despite the progress made by Lucas Moura last season, Spurs still lack genuine wide options with pace.

WHAT THEY GOT DONE

In signing Tanguy Ndombele, Spurs finally filled a Moussa Dembele-shaped hole in their midfield. The Frenchman transforms the dynamic at the core of their side and was a crucial recruit.

To further boost their options in that area and cover for Eriksen’s potential move abroad, they also signed Giovani Lo Celso on loan – a smart bit of business.

Jack Clarke was also signed for ÂŁ10m but the winger is spending the season on loan at Leeds in the Championship. Failing to add more up front is a bit of concern, especially if Harry Kane is injured for a lengthy duration at some point.

LIVERPOOL | C

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WHAT THEY NEEDED TO DO

Liverpool’s squad proved to be among the most complete in Europe last season so new acquisitions this summer was always going to be minimal especially with the likes of Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain handing them a boost with their returns from injury.

On paper, the Reds only required a bit of fine tuning which would involve moving on some of the fringe players nowhere near good or fit enough to challenge for first team action. The bar was raised last season and the new standards should apply to the whole squad.

Every team requires fresh blood though to keep them sharp and a couple of areas needed reinforcements like at left-back and possibly up front. Xherdan Shaqiri offered Liverpool a different option in attack last term but doesn’t necessarily challenge the front three while Andrew Robertson requires back-up.

WHAT THEY GOT DONE

The Merseyside outfit have done a fine job of losing the few bits of excess fat around a strong core. Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno and Adam Bogdan were all released following the conclusion of their contracts.

They managed a great bit of business by fetching ÂŁ18m for Danny Ings to move to Southampton while Rafael Camacho joined Sporting Lisbon for ÂŁ5m and Simon Mignolet departed for ÂŁ6.4m.

That said, Robertson is now the only recognised left-back in the first team squad. Of course, James Milner is capable of being a handy stand-in but Liverpool sacrifice a big chunk of their attacking threat when the Scot isn’t bombing down the left flank.

Given their current status as European champions, Jurgen Klopp’s side may have missed a trick by not capitalising on their standing and luring a marquee name who could serve them well for years to come. Young stars like Matthijs de Ligt and Nicolas Pepe were briefly linked to the Anfield club but the Reds didn’t actively pursue those opportunities.

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