Chelsea manager Frank Lampard disagrees with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s claim that his young players have developed quicker than Manchester United’s due to successful loan moves to the Championship.
The two teams take each other on for the second time this season on Wednesday night, with United running out 4-0 winners in the Premier League in August.
Since then the two sides have had contrasting fortunes, with Chelsea on a seven game consecutive winning streak while United have often struggled for form, although they have won their last two away games.
Much of Chelsea’s success has come from their young players, with the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori appearing to easily make the step up from Championship to Premier League football.
Prior to the match Solskjaer said: “It (Chelsea) is a very exciting team. Frank has got players that have been on loan for one or two seasons in the Championship. The difference between my youngsters is that they are almost stepping right now onto the scene.”
But Lampard responded by saying: “I don’t know, you go case-by-case. Rashford’s a young player, he’s got how many caps for his country? Tuanzebe went on loan last year and did fantastic in the Championship. Dan James has come in and been a fantastic signing for them.
“I think we’ve all got players with relative experience or not. I think Man United have got loads of good players. In terms of the loan system, there probably is some credit. The loans need to be the right loans, need to be the right clubs. I was fortunate to have Mason and Fikayo last year, they were good for me and hopefully I was good for them.
“That’s how the loan system works at its best, when you’re talking about players with really good potential.”