It was a nightmare start in charge of Chelsea for Frank Lampard, whose side fell to a 4-0 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The Red Devils brushed aside the Blues thanks to strikes from Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and debutant Daniel James. The latter came on with around 20 minutes left to play, and made it a dream start to his Old Trafford career by scoring in front of the Stretford End after impressive play from Paul Pogba.
It would have been a bittersweet afternoon for Leeds fans – they have had their differences with Lampard over the past year after the “Spygate” controversy, as well as the eventful Championship play-off semi-final encounter against Derby at Elland Road.
To see him lose in such fashion in his first game of charge of Chelsea will have lifted a smile or two, but to see former transfer target Dan James score on his Man United debut would have also come as a kick in the teeth.
Leeds were incredibly close to signing James from Swansea City last January, before the Welsh club pulled the plug on the deal in the latter stages of Deadline Day.
The Welsh winger has since gone from strength to strength since his collapsed move to Elland Road, with Leeds fans left wincing after missing out on such a talent.
Here, we take a look at Leeds fans’ reactions to events at Old Trafford yesterday…
— _????????????ℙ???????????????????????????? (@_JoePalmer24) August 11, 2019
#lufc. Every time I see or hear the name Daniel James I think of us not getting promoted last season.
— Hrv1985 (@hrv1985) August 11, 2019
Leeds not signing James is as irritating as an ingrowing toenail. #lufc
— david langley (@LangersD) August 11, 2019
— Nathan Wilson (@nathan10wilson) August 11, 2019
Daniel James comes on and makes it 4-0 for scum ????. Ah well at least Frank lampard is crying again. #lufc
— suraj kaushal (@onesuj) August 11, 2019
This will probably come up a lot this season, but just imagine if we did actually get Dan James over the line in January? I’m certain we’d have gone up. #LUFC
— Ben Smith (@BenSmith_7) August 11, 2019
Dan James there, scoring for Man Utd v Chelsa. Sod off Huw Jenkins.???? #LUFC
— Liam Kent Football (@LiamKFootball) August 11, 2019
Look it's not how I'd imagined Dan James scoring against a Frank Lampard side in January but, I'll take it???? #LUFC
— LUFC Lewis (@LewisDeighton17) August 11, 2019
Seeing Dan James score for Man United really breaks my heart #LUFC
— Thomas (@tommorley27) August 11, 2019
I'm still bitter about Dan James. #LUFC
— Matthew Wood (@matthewwood206) August 11, 2019