Chelsea, then under Maurizio Sarri, were a distant third on 72 points, ahead of Tottenham (71) with Manchester United sixth after a woeful finish in which they won none of their last five games, signing off with a home defeat by relegated Cardiff City.
The Blues are now serving a two-window transfer ban, Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has experimented with what the club now has to offer him as he continues to figure out his first-choice XI.
Frank Lampard has been very open in his willingness to give youth a chance this season after taking the Chelsea job.
"Many argue Lampard's appointment is itself proof of a change of direction at Stamford Bridge, belated recognition the club must take a longer-term approach".
Chelsea on the other hand, passed the test.
Shaw won that accolade for the first time at the club's end of season dinner at Old Trafford in May but it is clear the United left back nearly felt ashamed to receive it.
United, the 13-time champions, have lost more games (18) and conceded more goals (71) against Chelsea than any other team in the competition, despite going undefeated in their past six meetings at Old Trafford.
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Later Friday, American Serena Williams beat Naomi Osaka of Japan 6-3, 6-4 in a rematch of last year's controversial U.S. Australia's top-ranked Ashleigh Barty lost Tuesday to ensure she would be dethroned in next week's rankings.
The 27-year-old was rarely able to cut loose and step out of his deep-lying role, and Sarri constantly railed against claims he was wasting N'Golo Kante by deploying France's wrecking-ball World Cup-winner further upfield.
"At 1-0 we were the better team, but I can't stand here and look happy with that because it's 4-0". "He scored a couple of good goals in pre-season when he ran in behind defences, which is what I really want from my wingers or attacking players".
Debutant Daniel James wrapped things up with a deflected effort and although Lampard was left ruing individual errors, he insists United were not as superior as the scoreline suggests.
The Red Devils burst out of the cloud of gloom under Jose Mourinho when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge last season.
"It is a great start for myself and the team". We controlled the first half, major parts of it, [hit the] woodwork, [played] balls across the face of goal.
"We'll concentrate on ourselves and let's see some of those players who haven't had as much game time as they want but who are now relatively experienced players show that they can do". Prevented from doing any work in the transfer market, Lampard has had to make do with what he inherited apart from Pulisic, who finally arrived in London after his January move from Borussia Dortmund.