BARK IS READY TO BITE

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Kerry Tyrone -

CHELSEA’S visit to Old Traf­ford fas­ci­nates me.

It’s a bap­tism of fire for Frank Lam­pard, es­pe­cially with a trans­fer ban that means he has no wig­gle room to ad­dress prob­lems he’s seen in the squad.

They’ve done well in pre-sea­son, though, and Frank (above) is get­ting some­thing out of Chris­tian Pulisic and Ross Barkley.

I reckon work­ing un­der Lam­pard is the best thing that could hap­pen to Barkley.

If there’s a mid­fielder he’ll have modelled him­self on, then it’s Frank and I’m sure, if he’s go­ing to learn from any coach, then Frank’s the one for him.

Chelsea would have loved to have done more busi­ness, though, be­cause they need to re­place

Eden Haz­ard des­per­ately.

And the hole the Belgian leaves in Chelsea’s ranks could sink their ti­tle chal­lenge be­low the wa­ter­line be­fore it’s even started.

Yet I reckon Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer (above) will be even more gut­ted about a lack of trans­fer busi­ness.

At least Chelsea have a strong squad, which fin­ished third last sea­son. I don’t think it’s much of a se­cret Sol­sk­jaer wanted far more sign­ings to strengthen a very weak squad.

I’m still not sure what’s go­ing on at United. And I still won­der if Paul Pogba could leave be­fore the win­dow closes in the rest of Europe. If he does, then, even with the sign­ing of Harry Maguire, they’ll be in trou­ble.

It makes you won­der if the board are still de­bat­ing whether the man­ager is a long-term ap­point­ment or not.

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